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INTERVIEW: Bryan Rice

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

First, let me say, that I’m thrilled to be able to present my music in a cool magazine like yours. Wow! It always feels quite extraordinary when the songs I write take these big steps out into reality and someone features them… So, thanks a lot!

I’ve been, and am, doing really good! I thought this would be a silent 2017 spending time with my little daughter and playing concerts, but suddenly everything turned out differently. My songs came out, great interest showed up and on top of that I just had the leading part in a big musical concert in Denmark, standing in front of a 65 man big symphonic orchestra for the first time…So, all in all, a really fantastically great year this far!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Tell It To My Body”?

I can, for hours… Just stop me! It is one out of 6 song on my new EP, “Bryan Pt. 1” that all treat the bleak aspects of love: The struggle, the pain, the reliance, the longing, the lust and the sorrow.  This one, talking about lust and how the body sometimes refuses to listen to your heart and mind when it comes to ie. sex and being attracted to someone. This is the most pop-sounding song off the EP and probably the most radio and party suited one, which is why I chose it as a first single. It’s a cooperation between my musical partner in crime Christopher Stjerne topped by the amazing Danish songwriter Karen Sangvin, with whom I think I’m going to work a lot in the future.

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

Honestly, can anyone say that they haven’t been there? With the two devils on your shoulders, one saying that it’s a no go, the other convincing you that you only live once? Well, I’ve been there, several times, and it let me to those words: ‘though my mind is sore, baby, I’m still warm, taken by your storm…’  It’s like, you just know for sure that this is bad for you, but your damned body doesn’t give a s…

The single comes off your new album Bryan – Pt. 1– what’s the story behind the title?

My whole artist name is Bryan Rice. But for the title, I felt like only choosing Bryan, as it seems closer, more present, familiar and friendly. I want to invite the listener into a rather personal and intimate universe about how I see different aspects of love and life, so to cut off the last name seemed obvious. You don’t use your close friends’ last names either, right?

What ‘Part 1’ refers to, I will leave up to your imagination…

Would this be a sort of conceptual record?

I guess you can say so, yes. My first, actually. As before mentioned, I quickly learned that there is a yin-yang quality to all big emotions inside me; that love is not always rosy even though everything is actually going well. One thing balances the other, and music provides an equilibrium in my life. Consequently, this EP features six songs that are supposed to be my take on love when it’s difficult.

How was the recording and writing process?

The album before this was named “Hear Me As I Am” and was a true DIY themed album with titles as Beat Of My Own Drum, Fire To The Sky etc. Songs about putting yourself in the front seat and not least about lucky love. I was told, that 90% of all love songs are about unlucky love, and I didn’t understand why. We wrote and released this album in 2015 and toured Europe and Asia with those messages. Meanwhile talking about this, I felt a strange urge to do the opposite. As if I needed a new balance or equilibrium somehow. I immediately began to write really dark and deep EP about the bleak aspects of love and life, such as pain, reliance and longing. And it felt good! It all resulted in these 6 songs that are maybe the darkest songs I have ever written. When we started to produce and record we found out, that to follow these vibes, we needed at more electro-popped universe to go with the lyrics, and found great influence in ie. Zayn Malik, Nick Jonas and Sam Smith etc. It took us two years to narrow the songs down to what we think is a powerful EP that I’m truly proud of. As Christoffer said in the process, ‘it’s all about making something that you really find extremely good yourself’ – and so we did. We just hope that someone out there think the same.

What role does Denmark play in your writing or influences?

Well, being a Dane and living in Copenhagen, it somehow makes the base for it all. But singing always in English makes me reach out when I listen to music or influences. So, even though the things I write about have been felt or did happen in Denmark, they’re in no way limited to be heard here, I think. I love the way that music has become universal, without borders. Once a song is out, I get reactions from parts of the world that I haven’t even been to myself! I’m a bit jealous of my songs actually… 4 out of 6 songs are co-written with London based songwriter Jamie Jazz (Dewan-Dean Soomary) on Skype, so the EP actually has a lot of UK in it too 😉

Any plans to hit the road?

I have been making music for almost 13 years now, this is my 6th album, and every single year, I have played around 150 concerts. And I love it! Playing live is when the songs really get life and the messages reach my audience, so whenever I get to sing live is when I feel good. I have an amazing band behind me and we already made a cool setup for playing the new songs live…so go ahead and book it! We’ll give you all we have. Being on stage is the number 1 thing for me.

What else is happening next in Bryan Rice’s world?

Hopefully, a lot of new music will happen. And a lot of promoting this EP. I’m eager to see what we can do out there, if I can reach out and make a difference for someone new.

Ok, and then, now that you ask, we might be preparing a Part 2… Or, let me rephrase, it’s not that – we’re not already working hard on a Part 2…Apart from all that, concerts, enjoying life and playing with my beautiful 15 months old daughter, Liv.

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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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