Q&A: Brendan Reilly

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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.

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Brendon plays Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis this Saturday at 1pm!

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