The Belle Brigade

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Currently The Belle Brigade are on tour but still managed to talk to us. The duo launched their latest single 'Losers' on February 1st and their album will hit stores next month. Naturally they will be on SXSW as well. In this interview we talk about their album, tour and music but also about their love/hate-relationship, father and their 9 hours trip.

[Q]: What can we expect from the band and this first album?

The Belle Brigade (Barbara and Ethan) answers [A]: We'€™ve been wondering the same thing'€¦ Hopefully lots of fun!

[Q]: Did you have an idea or concept for your new album?

[A]: We wanted it to be meaningful and introspective while also being exciting and fun to listen to.

[Q]: Which song took the longest to complete? Why?

[A]: Shirt. It took us quite a while to figure out the right form and make it exciting...

[Q]: In what way has your father helped with the album'€™s songwriting?

[A]: Our dad is our biggest musical influence and although he didn'€™t have anything to do with the writing on this record, his songwriting influence on the both of us is very deep and important. He taught us a lot of what we know about songwriting and form.

[Q]: In what way has your father'€™s network helped to pursue your own career?

[A]: Growing up around musicians and music business people made music and the music business feel very natural for the both of us. Working with Matthew Wilder was amazing not only because of his talent and good heart but because he instantly felt like family us.

[Q]: Do you start with an idea or the music first?

[A]: We always finish the song in its most bare state before we begin creating the track it will live in. We often walk into the studio with a guitar/piano part and a set groove. We finish all the lyrical and musical content before we start recording.

[Q]: Did music help create a bond in your relationship?

[A]: Definitely. It was a common ground for us to start building a strong friendship.

[Q]: Criticism and Friendship...

[A]: Well, we really respect each other as people and musicians so we try to be really open to each other'€™s criticism. Also, criticism is really important in our creative process and we welcome each other'€™s thoughts and ideas but we are also very sensitive and careful about making our criticism positive, helpful and gentle.

[Q]: Any plans for tour?

[A]: Yes actually. We are answering these questions from our 15-passenger van as we speaktype! We just finished a few gigs with the great Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and we are headed to SXSW. We will also be opening for G-love and special sauce in April.

[Q]: Any tour event you would like to share?

[A]: We have all become Texas Hold Em freaks... We play every night!

[Q]: Do you think success and credibility are mutually exclusive?

[A]: We think both can coexist.

[Q]: What is your main goal to reach as a band?

[A]: To have the opportunity to record as many more records as we have in us.

[Q]: Recently, what is a typical day like for you?

[A]: Driving for 9 hours trying to get to our next gig...

[Q]: Final Words?

[A]: Thanks for being interested!

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