Something Good This Way Comes and it comes in the form of London based singer/songwriter: BROOKFIELD. As a graduate of the BRIT School in Croydon BROOKFIELD knows a thing or two about music. From writing his own material to producing for others, it’s fair to say there are many strings to his bow (or guitar).
I headed down to Thousand Island in Islington to catch up with him before a show.
Hey BROOKFIELD, how are you?
“I’m good thanks, how are you?”
I’m doing well! How are you feeling about the show?
“Um, I am really excited! I don’t play that regularly and I didn’t manage to get too many rehearsals in because my band are just that good (laughing) and have other stuff to do, so I was sort of nervous and excited at the same time. I also knew I had some friends and people coming down so it always keeps you on your toes, you know?”
Nice. So recently you came back from America playing with Sofar Sounds, how was the experience?
“It was amazing. Such a cool experience to take my music to another country. I guess you wouldn’t think it would change it that much, but the reaction was totally different and having not played for so long it was really exciting to get back into the swing of it. I tried some new material and the crowd were just so appreciative of my nerves and made me feel really at home. I’m hopefully booking to go back there soon.”
So recently with releases such as Kaleidoscope, you’ve transitioned to writing and performing more on piano than guitar. What made you switch?
“I think because I’ve been playing the guitar for so long now, honestly I’ve just got a little bit bored with the sounds and methods I’d use to write on guitar, and I found myself losing inspiration. As a producer, I always think you can get inspiration from new sounds and new instruments, it just makes you think slightly differently about how you compose and piece the music together. Also, I can’t lie, my music taste changed and I found my writing changed with it.”
“As a producer, I always think you can get inspiration from new sounds and new instruments, it just makes you think slightly differently about how you compose and piece the music together.”
So with that in mind… guitar or piano?
“It depends on the situation (Laughing) just to be difficult with you.”
So tell me, ‘Something Good (Hold On)’ what was the inspiration behind the song?
“Los Angeles. I recorded it out there with an amazing writer and producer called Vud. We spent time discussing the music we were both into and what we liked about it and importantly what we didn’t like about it, we sort of settled on a milligram that we felt was comfortable. I think when you write with someone it’s really important to have a clear understanding of what you both appreciate and what you can bring to the table. It seemed to change from my old material to something a little bit cleaner. But in terms of the lyrics, it was definitely how I was feeling at the time when you haven’t seen someone in a long time; and there’s almost an anxiety about when you see them again it’s going to change how you think about them so you’ve got to hold on to the way you see them, which is seeing them as something good.”
I noticed on your Instagram that you’ve been producing for other people, what made you change from performer to producer?
“I started doing it once or twice for mainly just friends, and I found myself really loving it and taking a shine to bringing something new to other people’s work. Having my small amount of experience in studios has shown me just how much a producer can benefit an artist, and the joy of working with other people. As I self-produce I don’t tend to get much feedback, but I’ve found that producing for other people has a really interesting back and forth process between artist and producer. It’s also nice to work on music every day and helps me to broaden my horizons.”
So, what’s next for BROOKFIELD?
“Good question. I guess I never really know until it happens, I’m not one of those people with like a five-year plan. I think that’s really hard to have these days in the music industry. What I hope for is just more of the same, playing more shows, writing more music and broadening my musical styles.”
“I’m not one of those people with like a five-year plan. What I hope for is just more of the same, playing more shows, writing more music and broadening my musical styles.”
Well, thank you very much. I hope the show goes well!
Armed with Prosecco in one hand and his wit in the other, BROOKFIELD took to the stage. From the heavy, bass-driven synths and hard hitting drums to the delicate vocals, it was a poetic performance. He hurtled through his set, winning the crowd over with each song, stopping at points to express his gratitude for everyone being there and what a great birthday present it was. He treated us to a few new songs and some golden oldies before closing on yet another brand new track. At the end of the show he was met with an irruptive applause, and as he attempted to pack down he was met by many people congratulating him and giving him praise.
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- Based In London
- Formed in 2013
- Related Artists: Cape Club, Edwin Raphael