We caught up with Chester-based duo BRODYR following the release of their superb EP ‘Got It’. They are two DJ’s who are set for big things. Enjoy!
Hi BRODYR, tell us about yourself?
We’re two brothers born and raised in Wales. We’ve always loved electronic music, but we first started taking DJing seriously back in 2013, and we started the BRODYR project in 2015 where our first gig was in the infamous Space Ibiza.
The word BRODYR means ‘brothers’ in our native language of Welsh, and we felt it represented our strong connection as brothers, as well as being true to our heritage and keeping the Welsh language alive.
What is your songwriting process?
Some days are easier than others. A lot of time, you can get mental blocks. If this happens we’ll usually take some time out, go off and read an inspiring book or better still, find some time to calm the mind and meditate to really regain the focus.
Sometimes taking a step away and gathering your thoughts and emotions can be the best thing to do and just allow the music to flow out of you.
Tell us about your latest release?
The original track ‘Got It’ has probably been finished almost a year now. We’ve loved playing it out in the clubs (when we could) and we knew we wanted to sign it somewhere special.
With the launch of the label back in June, it made sense to release it on our own imprint. ‘Bring It Back’ was a track that was made during lockdown to accompany ‘Got It’.
As for the remix, we’ve known Mike for a number of years, and he and the whole Libero family are like brothers to us. We’ve been a huge supporter of Mike’s music ever since his first release, so he was the perfect choice to remix our debut EP on our own imprint Black Seven Music.
What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?
I think it depends on which track and the type of mood we’re in when the music is made. Some tracks are bit more serious and a bit more chilled, whereas this EP is full of energy and has more of a happy feel to it.
I think you can definitely tell what kind of mood we’re in when we make something when you listen back, and I guess the biggest message we always try to portray whether it’s through music or via everyday life is just to do your best and be yourself!
Everything that’s meant to be will be. Just enjoy the process and never stop learning.
Who are your musical influences?
From visiting Ibiza many moons ago, I’d say one of the first influences would have been Carl Cox. I think he was one of the catalysts who got us to dip our toes into the underground scene fully.
Since then, one of the biggest influences would have to be Marco Carola and the likes of Neverdogs & Joey Daniel. The music they played just really resonated with us and definitely plays a huge role in the music we play and make.
Who are your non-musical influences?
Non-musical influences we probably have a HUGE list! Doing what you love full time and not working for a living, you really do need to work on yourself, and we’re big advocates of personal development.
Jim Rohn & Zig Ziglar played a huge role in instilling the belief systems we have today. There’s something unique about the simplicity of what they teach, and their lessons have stuck with us. We’ve got a spreadsheet full of the books we’ve read or want to read. There’s so much information out there available to us all; sometimes you just need to look.
What’s the best gig that you have ever played?
This is a really tough question because there’s so many! There’s obviously the Space gig, but I think one of the best ones ever was our first ever gig at Manchester’s Warehouse Project in Store Street. It was in room 2, and we’d never been to room two before so I think we had low expectations of what room two was going to be like.
We were on first from 10 pm, so we were expecting a small empty room. They opened 15 minutes early, and we started playing, within 5 minutes, the room was full from front to back! I think that’s got to be up there with one of the best.
What is your funniest gig moment?
So many funny stories, some of them are for in-person only! I think we’re quite lucky being brothers because we know each other inside out, so we’re constantly laughing a lot of the time!
But one of the funniest ones we can share would be when someone was sick down Mike’s back just before playing our set in Space. We were stood at the side waiting to go on, and a girl who’d clearly had one too many was sick all down his back. It’s definitely one we’ll never forget.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles for artists today?
Great question! I think one of the biggest obstacles they face is just getting in their own way! Ourselves included at times. People worry too much about what other people will think instead of just enjoying the process and enjoying what they do.
People feel entitled to things at times when in reality, when you’re ready, they’ll come. I think it may be something you begin to realise with age. Overnight success isn’t the way; there’s no shortcut, just work hard and enjoy it. Don’t be jealous of others, be inspired by them and don’t compare. We’re all on our own path and our own journey. Just do you!
What advice would you give to other artists starting out?
Do it because you love doing it. Set massive goals and just don’t give up on them. Never lose sight of your vision of where you want to end up and remember why you started in the first place.
A lot of the time when people start they just start for the love of it, sometimes that can get lost along the way when you start looking at what others are doing. Just always do what feels right for you. Don’t worry about things. Worry less and do more!
If you think you’re working hard, do a little bit extra! If you think you’re aiming big, aim a little higher! Keep pushing forward.
What are your hopes for the next two years?
The next two years should be fantastic if we can get a hold on the COVID situation! The next few releases on the label are looking really promising, and we’ve got a number of artists on our radar who we’re hoping to work with.
Next summer we’re planning our first Ibiza event for the label and just continuously looking to grow and keep developing. We’ve got a number of releases to come out and many more that we’re holding back. The next two years should be very exciting!
FV Music Blog August 2020
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