INTERVIEW: Brigitte Mena

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

I’ve been great! Thanks for asking! Just staying busy working on my second album.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Maniac”?

This song is actually inspired by the Netflix show “Maniac” starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.  I’m not much of a “TV watcher,” but the subject matter of the show interested me, so I gave it a go. It’s basically a song about mental illness and in particular, Emma Stone’s character, Annie. It follows her journey throughout the show and focuses on her direct experience with the trials she partakes in.

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

Last August, I made it a goal to write one song a month for a year. I usually write songs based on what I am personally experiencing, especially painful experiences, so this “goal” really pushed me to look from an extrospective view since I wasn’t really going through anything major every month. As the end of this past January was approaching, I had no idea what I was going to write about. But after watching this show with no intention other than for pleasure, “Maniac” was born.

What was it about Emma Stone’s character on the Netflix show that made you want to dedicate an entire song?

I think Emma did a phenomenal job portraying this character. I lost my dad very abruptly about two years ago, and although very different experiences, I felt a deep connection with her character.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I actually have a live video of the song coming out soon! I’d love to do a music video for it in the future though.

How was the recording and writing process?

Most of the song was written before I went into the studio. One of the biggest production aspects we worked on in the studio was defining the “machine” sounds you hear throughout the song. I wanted each of them to be purposeful and reflective of the lyrics, so this part definitely took some time and experimenting.

What role does Texas play in your music?

I’ve lived in Texas basically my whole life and have met some pretty amazing musicians here. I feel like the Dallas music scene is a very collaborative and supportive community, which has definitely helped me progress as a musician .

How does your psychology background influences your writing?

I think it’s really helped define my writing style. I’ve always been inspired by human behavior, but after studying it in school, I feel like I’ve been able to “make sense” of what inspires me in a way.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! I’ve been busy in the studio working on my second album. We should finish up tracking by the end of November, so I’m excited to these songs unfold and come to life.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’m hoping to release it sometime next Spring. I’ve been playing around with some different titles, but nothing is set in stone quite yet.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’d love to do a mini Texas tour next year following the release of the album.

What else is happening next in Brigitte Mena’s world?

I have a new line up of bandmates that I am excited to start working with!

Listen “Maniac” here

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