The Best Late Christmas Gift
Updated: Jan 3
We know it is after Christmas but here at productive honey we are the gift that keeps on giving all year round, especially when it comes to new artist. This new artist we bring to you to day goes by the name of Brooklyn Michelle, I came across brooklyn's work through Instagram. If you have been reading this blog for a while I am a sucker for new artist, and when i listened to brooklyn's music it was like unlocking a new level of sense. The feeling of trying new food or trying a new adventurous activity, a feeling that was just new and refreshing. Brooklyn is a music producer and artist from San Antonio, Texas. Her first encounter with music is when she was put into piano lessons at the tender age of one years old by her mom, when it came activities her mom did not have to force her to engage in cheer leading, ballet, gymnastics, and piano. Her grandfather was another factor in helping her pick up different instruments like guitar and ukulele, as well as start writing her own songs. Around the 7th grade is when she was introduced to artists like Kid Cudi and Gambino that helped her decide to switch from acoustic composition to production. This is when she learned logic studio to discover her own sound. This artist will not disappoint most definitely opened my eyes to yet another new thing, now we dive in to get to know this artist a bit more through a few questions. You guys get the chance to meet someone new and hopefully add her to your daily playlists.
Q: What do you want your music to say to the audience that listens to it?
A: Music is less of a hobby for me and more of a coping mechanism. The only reason I write is for my own therapy so that’s what I want it to be for others as well. I can’t really write about assigned topics and I definitely can’t freestyle haha. I have to genuinely be battling something in order to create. Whenever I’m upset or disturbed I have to channel these feelings into something productive so I don’t drive myself crazy. Which is why a lot of my songs are pretty dark. Though usually after writing them I feel like I have overcome this battle. I want others to feel like their emotions are validated and they can overcome their battles too.
Q: What is your creative process when creating new music?
A: My creative process has changed a bit over the years. I used to sit at a piano and play around with different chord progressions and then write my lyrics to it. Though now I find myself writing most of my songs in the car or shower and later having to go sit at the piano and figure out how to play it. Regardless the majority of my own songs start out with just me and a piano. I then record it to logic and figure out the drum patterns, write other instruments part such as trumpet and sax on the piano, but then actually hire my musician friends to record these parts to really bring it to life. I met so many musicians in my (very short) time in college that I refuse to let any of my songs remain midi. I was blessed with too many resources to let any individual song’s potential go to waste. I would love to travel with my own jazz band on tour one day.
Q: Would you say you represent yourself through your music?
A: I believe my debut album, Lithium, quite literally saved my life. Like I said I have to channel my struggles into something I love in order to keep me around. Some people I’ve never met have told me they feel like they know me so well based off my album which really makes me happy. So yes I think my music represents who I am to the core.
Q: What are some places or festivals you would wish to perform at and why?
A: I would love to perform at Camp Flog Gnaw one day. This is the only music festival I currently allow myself to spend money on going to as a guest prior to being booked as an artist. I just love the atmosphere Tyler provides so much. It feels so unlike other festivals. He actually inspired me to start my own music festival in San Antonio too, Purple Palooza. Unfortunately I lost my grandfather to Pancreatic Cancer around the age 13 so I decided to use our shared love of music to continue to fight this disease. All of Purple Palooza’s proceeds go back to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network San Antonio Affiliate. I aim for this festival to be known nation wide one day.
Q: What are some things you do besides making music?
A: My day job is working with sick and disabled dogs for families who are at work or out of town. I also paint and make a lot of commission pieces for clients. In fact a lot of my dog owner clients have ordered my painted portraits of their dogs for their home. Most are very supportive of my music career too as I am usually working on music on my laptop in their house as I watch over their dogs. My favorite clients actually have a recording studio in their home, which is where I now record most of my songs. I somehow have found a way to collide all of my worlds haha.
Q: How can people reach you (social media handles)?
A: Music insta:@officialbrooklynmichelle
or you can find all of my links at my website as well, BrooklynMichelle.com