Music & Me with … Brusalan

- 01 Feb 2020 -
Image: Bruce Forst aka Brusalan from the United States

When were you first introduced to music?

My father was one of about five brothers in his family that all played music together growing up and he continued to play guitar and sing when we were growing up. Most of what he sang were Hank Williams and Willie Nelson songs. I have a sister and a brother that are seven and eight years older than me respectively. Their musical interests, which included Billy Joel, the Bee Gees, Duran Duran, Ozzy Osborne, Led Zepplin and Van Halen, were always around me growing up.

Tell me about your favourite teachers

My favorite teachers were always math and science teachers. My High School biology teacher turned me on to sci-fi books and inspired me to pursue a degree in biology.

What are your fondest musical memories?

My fondest musical memories are of hanging out with my band mates in high school and college, listening to 80’s hard rock bands, like Warrant and Van Halen, and also from around the time I was first dating my partner and we went to see Death Cab for Cutie and Wilco concerts at Red Rocks.

What is your favourite TV theme tune and film soundtrack?

I’ve always liked the Inspector Gadget theme song and for films I like the Fight Club soundtrack by the Dust Brothers and the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack by Jon Brion.

What was the last music download/ CD you bought?

Latest CDs have been from Here on Mars (Path of Totality and the new EP called HollowScene) and Whettman Chelmets (Long Read Memories.)

Imagine you’ve been given USD 300.00 to spend on equipment, downloads, vinyl, CDs, DVDs or concert tickets. How will you spend it?

I would most likely use it for concert tickets. I might buy a few vinyl records here and there.

How do you balance music with your other obligations?

Music gets squeezed into the cracks. Most of what I have made these last few years has been made late at night, with my headphones on while the children are asleep and my partner is doing her work. Working on a project usually means trading sleep for music time.

Happiness is …. those moments when I share a finished song with my partner for the first time, or when my kids are smiling because they have had a great experience or when I get to fall asleep next to my partner at night.









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