I chatted with Brendan Reilly about his new album and his performance at the mural dedication for the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando.
Q: What does it mean to you to be able to perform at a dedication ceremony for the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando?
It’s a real honor, and a BIG responsibility. I’m happy to lend my voice.
Q: Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the Los Angeles area. We were a family of musicians. I studied in New York City, and then moved to London. I was drawn there. It takes time as a musician and artist, it takes time to get things going. I’m now getting into where I want to be career wise. It was great touring with Disclosure, and now being able to bring my music back to the states. It’s a big full circle moment for me.
Q: What was it like being nominated for a Grammy?
It’s surreal. I was nominated as a part of Disclosure’s album that was nominated. I’ve always wanted to be a musician, so for that to happen is a dream come true. We didn’t win ::laughs:: but it’s an honor to be nominated.
Q: What is your favorite song of yours and why?
There’s a song called “How To Forget.” It’s about breaking up with someone, but your lives are intertwined because you have to speak to each other about various things still. I have a dog with an ex, parts of our businesses are intertwined. This song pre-dated the breakup, but it manifested in truth. I think a lot of people can relate to it.
Q: What was it like releasing your first full length album?
It was a labor of love. It took a while for me to figure out what I wanted my first artistic statement to be. I kept with my Jazz roots, but it still has a poppy edge to it. It was a cathartic process.
Q: Are you excited about your show in Annapolis this weekend?
I can’t wait! I got asked to do a show in New York first, but I definitely wanted to play more shows on the East Coast. I’m SO grateful Rams Head wanted to have me.
Brendon plays Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis this Saturday at 1pm!
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