“We had so much fun at the Fat Cat release show that we’re doing round 2,” the press release says, “Except this time with cushioned seats!”
The show is also a goodbye (for now) show, as Gosse is about to saunter off to the esteemed Berklee School of Music in Boston this September, along with pal Kat McClevey, who’ll be opening for her tonight at the LSPU Hall. Doors at 73:30, show at 8. $15.
“This Is It” off Brianna’s new record, Aera
You’re playing the release with Kat McClevey. And you’ve both been acepted to Berklee School of Music. Are you two friends, how did you meet?
Kat and I go way back to the days of Music NL’s 2012 Newfound talent competition, where we first played on the same stage. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of working with her as a musical compadre on more than a few occasions. By now you could definitely call us friends, so I’m pretty stoked to be headed down to Boston with at least one of those.
What are you hoping to get out of the Berklee experience?
The way I’m looking at it, Berklee is going to be a life changing experience no matter what happens. I’ve heard wild stories of people going down there, getting signed to major labels, and dropping out to tour the world. As amazing as that sounds, I really just can’t wait to immerse myself in an environment where music is all I have to focus on. I want to find a sound that is genuinely my own and spend my time writing and creating all the music I’ve been aching to try for ages … Break out of some boxes and stuff. I also really want to get my hands on an electric guitar and some pedals. That’d be neat.
With the release of Aera, you’ve achieved a sound that’s quite unique in the local music scene. What is it about Jazz-pop that draws you to it?
I mean, who doesn’t love jazz? But to be honest, this album could have gone a million different ways. I was changing my mind about what I wanted every other day, as my own musical tastes and opinions evolved. Some days I wanted to be a folk artist, other days I was set on dream-pop. But without fail, every time I got behind a mic, out came a jazz run. It’s just the way my voice has always seemed to connect with instrumentation. Plus working with an artist like Chris Kibry (who produced the record), there was some undoubted inspiration there. But hey, it’s an undeniable fact that singing in front of a full horn section will bring the soul out of anybody, haha.
Who are a few recording artists you admire or have been influenced by? What’s been in your stereo a lot this summer?
Personally, I can find some kind of musical inspiration in almost anything I listen to – most musicians probably find the same. However there’s definitely a bit of a disconnect between what I listen to on my own and what you’ll hear on the album. Growing up, there was always a lot of Macy Gray and Nora Jones playing. I think that’s where some of my jazzier vibes might have stemmed from. But when I put my headphones in I’m usually listening to stuff like Mac Demarco, Talking Heads, Tame Impala, Interpol etc … I’ve also been really into the new July Talk and Ray Lamontagne albums this summer.