BRAD BREWER - Right On Band
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Why did you choose to become a musician?
I think something about music calls to a person. I always felt pulled to playing- more specifically performing- music. Becoming a musician, for me, was not exactly a choice; It fell into place by family and fate. I am not a former childhood virtuoso or someone who was taken under the wing of a star- it
was my family’s pure love of music that encouraged me to become a musician! My mother was a saxophone player in her youth. She and my father always had an appreciation for music and encouraged me to play for the enjoyment that music can bring to life. My grandparents were also a huge influence on me musically- as it was their collections of Glenn Miller, Boots Randolph, and Frank Sinatra that motivated me to find a sound that was fun and infectious!
What is your experience when you feel connected into the music?
When the music moves me, I get lost. My physical vision narrows, my body feels light, and start dancing around involuntarily! I end up with that euphoric feeling where nothing matters- temperature, crowd numbers, sweat, the time, the rent- until something shakes me out of the feeling! I think of myself as a performer as much as a musician- sometimes more! I feel the most connected to the music when I feel the crowd’s energy; To me, it’s all connected.
What is your experience of when you don't feel connected to your music?
The times when I feel disconnected to music, I feel almost bored; though, it’s an unnatural feeling. Not uncomfortable, but almost unprepared. It’s mentally painful because music is such a big part of me that when I simply don’t feel it, I might as well let it simmer for a short bit.
Where does your inspiration comes from? What does it feel like?
I try to get inspiration from anything I do- as I am not just a musician. I want my family and my background to show through in my playing. I get a lot of inspiration from my wife, my love. She's never been anything but supportive of my music and my endeavors therein. I think that the instinct to love is as natural as breathing and so too is the instinct to create. Inspiration, to me, feels like sitting in a really comfortable chair in the shade of a palm tree in 82 degree weather, with a light northwesterly breeze on a sunny day, facing due East, feet in the sand.
What is your experience while improvising? Does it relate to any spirituality you may practice in your life?
Like all serious musicians, music is my high. When a groove locks in and the music just flows from within, there’s nothing like it. I have the bad habit of closing my eyes throughout entire phrases once I’m truly into it; I’m lost, but not lost. All the energy from the day, both positive and negative, is released at once and I feel like I am doing what I really want to do. I think that everything has energy. I believe in God. I believe that music creates its own energy. I believe in the spirit of life in general.
Do you have any fun stories of inspirational moments to share?
While playing a show in VA Beach, my home town in front of a home crowd, I was really getting into a solo on a raised stage by the ocean. The bandleader signaled me to take another ride, which I was all too happy to do. I decided to jump down from the stage onto the dance floor with the people; I do this frequently as I'm wireless and we have a good time up close and personal! Well, I misjudged a basic law of stage physics- jumping out and down from an elevated position onto a seemingly dry floor that is, in actuality, covered with a thin film of spray from the ocean 100 yards away = me flat on my back on the floor. I did not miss more than a beat to get my breath back and finished the solo on the floor, trying not to laugh at myself, secretly wondering if I'd broken my butt. This got a really awesome crowd reaction, actually! But, who should reach down (with the strength of a seasoned weightlifter) and yanked me to my feet with one tug, but Mayor Will Sessoms of Virginia Beach! With a grin, he made sure I was cool and went back to grooving on the floor with his wife. I am not sure where the lesson is, but if you can laugh at yourself, you'll certainly never be lacking entertainment in your life!