INTERVIEW: Brooklyn Doran

Hi Brooklyn, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello! I’m great! Thank you for asking! 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Paper Wings”;?

Sure! My newest single is called “Paper Wings” and it is from my upcoming full-length album “These Paper Wings” due for release on September 10th. The song is inspired by the story of Icarus and the sun, but is told from the perspective of the sun.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I actually wrote this song when I was in theatre school. I was in a scene alongside a man who was playing a version of the Icarus character and I was writing a lot of poetry at the time, so I ended up writing this song in a journal. Almost 4 years later, I opened up a notebook, and there it was. We recorded it almost exactly as I originally wrote it! 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I would love to have a visual component to pair with each of my songs moving forward. Anything is in the cards! 

The single comes off your new album These Paper Wings – why naming the record after this track in particular?

The track “Paper Wings” really resonates with me and both Dan Hosh (the producer I worked with on this record) and I thought it would be a great place to build the record from.

How was the recording and writing process?

I was so so happy to record at Catherine North Studios to make this record! My process usually begins as a pretty lonely one, I’ll write melody, lyric and a general arrangement for each song and then I’ll collaborate with Dan Hosh or my guitarist Aaron Corbett to arrange the songs into what is a more full and complete sound for each piece. We had an incredible engineer, Scott Peacock who worked on the record (and also laid down some pedal steel on one of the tracks).

What was it like to work with Dan Hosh and how did that relationship develop?

Dan and I have been friends for a long time, and I always knew that when it was time to put together a full-length album that I would want him at the helm. He is someone who I respect and trust implicitly and we tend to speak the same language when it comes to the feel or vibe that we want to create around the music. 

How much did he get to influence the album?

Dan and I actually co-wrote two of the tracks on my upcoming album. I really like collaborating with others and Dan and I really click when it comes to constructing a folky lyric.

Are all the songs on this record based on poems?

Most of my songs usually begin as half-poems or lines that I write in journals or record as voice memos and revisit later on down the line. Other songs will just show up in a dream or when I’m riding my bike late at night or when I’m alone on a streetcar. I’ll go home and record a demo and the song will start to finish take ten minutes.  

Any plans to hit the road?

In August I’ll be touring westward. We’ll be part of the Via Rail Artists on Board Program across Ontario and Manitoba and then will be playing a series of folk festivals and house concerts in Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba. Notably the Trout Forest Music Festival from August 12th to 14th and the Moose N’ Fiddle Music Festival in Nestor Falls, Ontario from August 18th to 20th.

What else is happening next in Brooklyn Doran’s world?

This Friday June 10th, I’ll be playing at The Drake Hotel in Toronto. RSVP HERE

On September 10th, I’ll be releasing my album and performing at my album release show at The Drake Hotel in Toronto, followed by an album release tour in the fall. 

Listen here.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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