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Transcript of Darien Brahms
"...I would try to learn songs by The Beatles, Buddy Holly, The Doors and The Rolling Stones by ear. my parents were very supportive and signed me up for guitar lessons."
From her first song at age 10, to the five solo albums she currently has, music has been an important part in her life. Performance at Bull Moose Portland Music Darien has been involved with other Portland musicians during her career. She says many of them have helped with her albums.
"Each have brought their own particular style of playing to these recording sessions and have brought out things in my songs I wouldn't necessarily have come up with on my own. Sometimes it has been the non-musicians who have helped the most. People like studio engineer Steve Drown, mastering wizard Adam Ayan at gateway mastering and Lauren Wayne at the State Theatre are the ones who have made me sound better in the studio, in post production (mastering) and have helped me to get gigs opening for nationally recognized performers." Being a Musician As an independent musician, Darien has done many tours in the U.S. as well as Europe. She has had opportunities to sign with labels before, but turned them down to preserve her integrity and creativity. Many other local musicians also feel this way, and it is great to have so many artists who are dedicated more to their music itself than the idea of corporate-based publicity. The Community The Portland music scene, while diverse, is tight-knit. There are many venues and people to play for as a musician. Portland is where most people in southern Maine go to for anything performance-related, so there is never a shortage of good music to find. Darien calls Portland a collaborative community, in that she can set up a gig at any time with her friends, and vice versa. The Importance of Local Music While many of us stick to listening to the most "popular" songs on the radio, there are also many who branch out their music indulgence to stuff they may not have heard before, such as a local artist. Local artists give Maine (as well as other places) an atmosphere that can't be matched. It promotes independence and creativity, and brings the community together. Aside from the social benefits, local music stimulates Maine's economy and also encourages people to shop at smaller, local businesses as well. The most important part however, is that you get to listen to some incredibly talented musicians! More on Darien With ambitions such as going back to school and broadening the types of bands she is in, Darien is always thinking about her next career step.
"I would love to do a synth pop record and then turn around and do a garage punk record, and then turn around and do a classic country record, and once those are done I would love to write some songs that sound like a cross between Duke Ellington and Cole Porter."
Her eclectic style, which drew me to her music in the first place, has encouraged me to delve further into local music, which is something everyone should do. We should embrace the culture around us, and as Darien said, "I am proud to call this place my home." Bibliography "Darien Brahms | Award Winning Singer and Songwriter from Portland, Maine." Darien Brahms | Award Winning Singer and Songwriter from Portland, Maine. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 June 2013. <http://darienbrahms.com/>.
"Darien Brahms | CD Baby Music Store." Discover and Buy Indie Music | MP3s, CDs, and Vinyl | CD Baby Music Store. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 June 2013. <http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/DarienBrahms
A huge thank-you to Darien Brahms herself for answering my questions via email! 99% of my info on her was gotten from her.
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Full Interview 1. How/when did you get involved in music?
i have always loved music since i can remember. my sister took guitar lessons when i was very young, she gave up the guitar and i adopted it, playing it upside down because she is right handed and i am left handed. back then we listened to vinyl records and i would try to learn songs by the beatles, buddy holly, the doors and the rolling stones by ear. my parents were very supportive and signed me up for guitar lessons. we switched the strings around so i didn't have to play upside down anymore(by the way, playing left handed is considered kind of unique but if you are considering it please note that they charge a lot more for left handed guitars. this is why i never sell my guitars-they are pricey and hard to find around here). after that i never stopped. i wrote my first song when my dog died on christmas day when i was ten and since then i have always taken any really personal, emotional thing i have gone through and put it into my songwriting.
2. Portland has many local artists, have you met any that influenced/helped your career?
i have had the good fortune to work with many other local and national artists and have learned many tricks of the trade from them along the way. on each of my records i have had the benefit of working with many world class local musicians during the writing and recording process. each have brought their own particular style of playing to these recording sessions and have brought out things in my songs i wouldn't necessarily have come up with on my own. sometimes it has been the non musicians who have helped the most. people like studio engineer steve drown, mastering wizard adam ayan at gateway mastering and lauren wayne at the state theatre are the ones who have made me sound better in the studio, in post production (mastering) and have helped me to get gigs opening for nationally recognized performers.
3. Do you enjoy being a local musician rather than a mainstream artist?
i would call myself an independent musician. while i have been on the local scene for many years, i have toured europe and played around the u.s. quite a bit. i do have songs played on mainstream radio and have licensed some of my music to television, films and advertising in order to generate income. on the flipside, i have had a few opportunities to sign with a major label but i felt that the corporate atmosphere was not conducive to my creativity and it felt like it would jeopardize my integrity.
4. What is your favorite part about being involved musically with Portland?
portland has such a variety of clubs, recording studios, music stores, talent and supportive fans. it is such a great feeling to know that i can call on my musician friends to come play with me at a show at any given moment and then turn around and do the same for them if they need me. it is a very collaborative community. i love that i am fortunate enough to be able to play raucous cover songs in a dive bar one night and then be able to get an opening spot playing my own stuff at the state theatre for some well known act the next. i am proud to call this place my home.
5. You've got five solo albums, any plans for new music in the future?
i am always thinking of the next song or the next project. if i had more time right now i would be in about five different kinds of bands. i would love to do a synth pop record and then turn around and do a garage punk record and then turn around and do a classic country record and once those are done i would love to write some songs that sound like a cross between duke ellington and cole porter. i am going back to school this fall after twenty six years to get my bachelor's degree in history. who knows? perhaps a straight up rock and roll record based on the lives of historical figures is next on the list.