(SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #127: Brayton Bowman

By on Wednesday, 26th April 2017 at 11:00 am
 

Editor Mary and I spent Friday morning of SXSW 2017 at the lovely BMI / AT&T Fiber Acoustic Brunch on the lawn of the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Austin. Mary had to duck out early that day, but one of the outstanding artists I saw on the later part of that showcase was alt-pop singer Brayton Bowman, who recently dropped his autobiographical mixtape ’22 Minutes Later’.

Bowman was kind enough to answer our (SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions via e-mail after the festival ended, as a follow up to our Acoustic Brunch feature. I’ve done only very light editing on his responses, as I think Bowman’s writing style reflects some of the more distinctive aspects of his personality. Read on to find out what he had to say.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky . . .)
Stanky, soulful and sassy? [I’d agree with this assessment! — CC]

Was this your first time at SXSW? Were you nervous / excited / anxious about it? Did the festival live up to your expectations?
Yeah, it was my first time at South-by. I wasn’t so much nervous as I was anxious to get there and get started. Performing is without a doubt my favorite part of being a musician and I don’t get to do it often enough, and I was eager as fuck. lol x

Name something you had packed in your suitcase for the trip to Austin that we might find weird or unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
A miniature sheepskin rug from IKEA.

What were some of the fun tourist/sight-seeing things you did in Austin during SXSW?
People watching will always be my favorite “tourist” activity.

Did you get the chance to see any other bands or artists play during SXSW? Who were your favourites?
Honestly, there were so many dope artists I lost count. Michael Blume was a stand out for me, tho. You can’t wear all white and SING DOWN at the same time and expect me not to notice. x

If we had run into you in a downtown Austin bar, we’d have offered to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
Pre show: WATER. water? H2O /// Post? a vodka soda with a lime plz.

What was your favourite album from the last year and why?
JoJo‘s ‘Mad Love’, sure I’m biased because I love her, but I haven’t had an album reach out and smack me in my face like that in a while. I’m so proud of her it’s sickening. x

What are your post-SXSW plans? Any touring, recording, other activities on the horizon?
Finishing an album, playing shows here & there. Stay tuned. x

Now, onto our usual list of Quickfire Questions . . .

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Playing the piano in my living room with my mom.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Anything Britney Spears . . .

What song makes you laugh?
Wow, this is a great question. I can’t think of any off the top of my head but I need to find one ’cause who doesn’t love to giggle?

What song makes you cry?
‘Love Me, Love Me Not’. It’s this beautiful contemporary musical theatre song by Joey Contreras. Natalie Weiss sings it and it’s always made me weep, idk why. x

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love?
This is so cliché, but I have to be real and say it’s a song of mine called ‘Kustom Made.’ Pretty sure it was the first time I’ve ever written an actual love song.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Wow, I sound like such a narcissist. I do most of my writing when I’m frustrated or upset, & listening back to my tunes almost helps me look objectively at my anger and be at peace with my feelings. I try not to listen to other people’s music when I’m pissed cause I feel like it would tape the experience of their art. I keep my feelings in the journal until they turn into a song. x

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Honestly, everything my friend April Bender has ever written.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
David Foster Wallace & Alan Ginsberg. x

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
The thought scares me so much I can’t even consider the possibility… but my husky would
probably find a way to work in the kitchen so I could grub 24/7. x

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
‘Frank’, Amy Winehouse.

Special thanks to Jodie for arranging this e-mail q&a. You can read our archive of Quickfire Questions and their answers, including loads from artists who showcased at SXSW 2017, back through here.

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