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INTERVIEW: Brett Vogel

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How would you classify your music?
Next question. Haha… That’s a really tough one to answer. Lol. It’s really hard to place my music into one category. Some of the songs on the record have more of a rock edge to them like “Surcease in Time” and “Two Times the Killer”. “Never Giving Up”, the title track on the album is more Pop oriented. I’ve also been told that some songs like “All of the Others” and “California Take Me Away” sound like a cross between Pop and Country. When people ask me what I sound like I always mention my main influences to give them a better idea. That leads us to the next question. 🙂
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
Jeff Buckley, Van Morrison, Dave Matthews Band, Counting Crows, The Beatles
What do you want fans to take from your music?
I want fans to feel the music, and not just listen to, or hear the music. I’ve had numerous fans tell me they can relate to every word in my song “In Too Deep”. It’s a very personal song, and when fans reach out to tell me they feel the same, it’s an amazing feeling! Pretty sweet stuff!
How’s the music scene in your locale?
To be honest, I have no idea! I don’t get out much to see too many up and coming bands these days. I’ve been so extremely busy with the new album over the last year! I did get out to see Mat Kearney at The Wiltern, and Damien Rice at The Greek. Both Amazing shows! I’m also heading to the Hollywood Bowl in July to see David Gray and Amos Lee.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
The best concert? Hmmm, I’ve been to approximately 40 Dave Matthews shows and was a DMB fanatic back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. I haven’t seen them though in almost 5 years. As for the second question, playing live is where it’s at for me. I feel the most at home when I’m in that moment on stage. Meaning I feel whole, and alive, and calm, and at peace all at once. In reality, I get that same feeling when I’m sitting on the couch playing the guitar with my eyes closed. Music is so cathartic for me. I also really love connecting with other musicians and creating that special moment together. It’s an intangible thing, but it’s very real.
Is there a song on this latest CD that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
My favorite mix on the record is probably “California Take Me Away”. All the instruments really have their space to breath. The mix is huge! It’s also a very moody, yet dreamy song with darker elements interspersed throughout. The song has a timeless feel to it and makes me feel nostalgic. It could have been written in any time period really. Another favorite is “Surcease in Time”! This is the only song on the album we didn’t record with a metronome! The song is epic and is a fan favorite. It’s the modern day “Carmina Burana – O Fortuna”
How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years? Is there a parallel between photography and songwriting?
There is a parallel with life and songwriting. I’m always writing songs. Melodies will pop into my head and I’ll record them on my phone. Everyday life may trigger a creative lyric and I’ll write it down. The process for writing songs hasn’t changed much over the years. If the song can stand alone with a voice and guitar then I know I’ve got something good!
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
Jeff Buckley, no question. He’s my Elvis. Haha
What’s next for Brett Vogel?
I’ll be investing my time this summer making videos for ‘When You’re Lonely” and “California Take Me Away”. I’ll also be releasing a deluxe version of “Never Giving Up” with an additional song(Wave California) and remixes of the title track “Never Giving Up” and “When You’re Lonely”. Then in the fall, I plan on hitting the studio again to record a 5 song EP. Maybe a tour? I’d love to open for Dave Matthews Band, Ed Sheeran, or The Counting Crows! 🙂

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