Hi Bros Bros, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi, thanks for having this talk with m! I’m all good now. Last week has been a very nervous week, but we made it! My first project came out and I’m happy to share it with you. A lot of lovely reactions came through, so I’m more than happy so far!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Champion”?
Champion is for me the reason why I started this Journey: to inspire people through music and work with a lot of different people. This is how I met David Jahmill. He got in touch with me after my first duo-release Melodie/Champion. Back then, Champion was only an instrumental, so it felt right to rework this track and make a cool song out of it.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Initially, it used tob e a demo for a beatmakers competition. I kept the track and made something groovy out of it. It combines uptempo rhythms with hiphop flows but the chorus gives it a nice twist!
Any plans to release a video for the single?
At the moment, I’m not able to shoot videos for any of my songs. However, I’m in touch with some people to work on visuals, but I’m saving my ideas for future projects!
How did David Jahmill come on board and what did he bring up to the table?
We got in touch via Instagram, liked each other work, met up and started working on this track. He liked the groove of the production and used the title as an inspiration for the lyrics. It all happened very organically, except for the chorus: we had like 20 choruses written. But this one felt like the perfect match! In my opinion, it has a bit of Neptunes feel!
The single comes off your new EP The Journey – what’s the story behind the title?
The Journey is for me the path I’m making in music. I started out as a musician and slowly progressed into a songwriter/producer. All of a sudden, I started to create new ideas and songs but I didn’t know for which artists those tracks could fit. And it became a natural progression to make them mine and create something personal for myself.
How was the recording and writing process?
Basically I’m doing everything in my home studio – “me and my computer” is what I call it. To record vocals, I can go everywhere but I get most of my inspiration in a studio where I work with a lot of vintage gear (L.A.R.S. by Turnlab).
So the main ideas and demos were built around November 2018. I used sample vocals to pitch my songs to A&R, PR, labels… And that’s how it all got started.
Would you call this a departure from your previous musical work?
I wouldn’t speak of a departure but it’s a progression. Everybody is going through phases in life. For me, it was time to develop myself as an Artist and start bringing my own songs, my own feelings, to people who I can connect with. And trust me, when people really like my songs and share it, or they send me a message, or just wanna have a quick chat with me, it means the world to me.
What role does Belgium play in your music?
Belgium is my home. I met a lot of people here where I got the chance to work with musically. I learned a lot from other producers and musicians in my hometown and around, so I’m grateful for everything. But to be honest, I don’t think our scene is that funky. We are afraid of new stuff sometimes and just want to keep it safe. That’s why I love other countries like The Netherlands or UK: they are more open-minded and are curious about new music genres.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Life. All the inspiration you can get is from Life, with the capital L!
Any plans to hit the road?
As I’ve always been a live musician, I’m very eager to go out with Bros Bros and hit some nice stages and festivals. But only when the time is right. Just like for future music videos, I also have some ideas for bringing my music live. We can only achieve that if I keep on pushing myself and release more and more music!
What else is happening next in Bros Bros’ world?
I recently became godfather of my brother’s child and this young boy is already my biggest star! So I try to get more family time. But because music is my drug I work at least 5 hours a day. I’m meeting a lot of new people and I’m always on the lookout to try new stuff and develop myself. The biggest challenge is to keep holding this pace: I released like 13 tracks in 8 months and I’m not planning to stop!