Brudini has not only attracted praise from NYC punk manager legend Danny Fields (Iggy Pop, The Ramones, The Doors), he has collaborated with Lulu Gainsbourg (son of the French icon Serge Gainsbourg), agender BBC superstar Lanah Pillay, and has co-starred a sold out Soho underground alt-cabaret featuring Erasure’s Andy Bell, performed at Tate Britain and headlined last years Blogtober Festival. With new single, Reflections, out Brudini spoke with The Fountain about the new single as well as putting it out on his own label.
TF: A new single, how exciting, what has the reception been like so far?
The reception has been pretty good so far! I had a stellar review in Louder Than War and also some other nice mentions in the blogosphere, and it has been listed on over twenty indie radio stations so far, everywhere from UK to US, Canada, Turkey, Norway, Spain and Australia. But its a bit nichy and I guess I’m a bit of an outcast. So let’s see how it goes.
TF: What inspired you to title it Reflections, what do you see looking back at you in the mirror?
Reflections is the recurring focal point of the lyrics and therefore was the natural title for the song. Looking back at me in the mirror is the reflection of someone half-familiar, but eerie and strange too. As if the eyes staring back at you almost becomes someone else, stranded in time, a surreal, disconnected reflection of who you once were. But next to this subjective narrative, the song has a more current interpretation too. With the beautiful machine lost in the night, I am also thinking of how our ideas and long held ideals of liberal democracy – such a monumental achievement for humanity – now seem to be crumbling in so many places. And the eerie, half-familiar reflections that we see in the mirror and that we thought belonged to the past are those of populism and surging nationalism. The sense of darkness and desperation is the same in both narratives. That link was the idea behind the cover – a beautiful, yet obsolete structure in an abandoned house. In Hungary.
TF: And will you be promoting this with a list of exciting tour dates?
I did a small UK tour in January and a show in New York. Right now I am working on putting together a tour in the UK, Norway and possibly Paris, for the summer and early fall. I am also lining something up in Spain, where I just did a video, and possibly also something in Tanger and Istanbul which would be absolutely wicked! I am fortunate to play with some really gifted musicians and I really aim to do a lot of shows towards the album launch. So stay tuned for more live dates!
TF: Where has been your favourite gig to date?
I’ve done over seventy gigs so far and in many different settings, it’s hard to pick a favorite one. From more traditional shows to underground cabarets, or blended music and poetry performances in tiny bookshops. I did an intimate show in Paris with my longstanding friend and Californian beatnik writer Chip Martin in an apartment-turned-performance-space on the left bank. It was completely packed and I was set up with an acoustic piano and some analogue synths plus my guitar. I remember Chip doing a long poem he had written for his son Gabriel, ponderings on life and death from the perspective of an old man, with my music coming in and out in different places. There was something about the energy in the room during that performance, like there was no barrier between performance and audience anymore, it felt like it all just melted into one moment. That was my feeling anyway. And why I remember it.
TF: How has it been working with Ask The Date thus far?
Hehe. Ask the Dust Records is a one-man label consisting of me and myself, so being signed with them has obviously been absolutely brilliant! I have full control of all decisions and my artistic vision, who I want to collaborate with and when I want to do things. But at the same time, pushing your own stuff can be somewhat exonerating, and also distract a bit from the core of what I am doing – create music! Having said that I have a great team. Chris at Lost In The Manor is handling all my PR after having booked me probably ten times at his venue The Finsbury in London, so he knows me and my music really well. For distribution I have signed with The Orchard, which is a bit of a juggernaut, but I have a couple of guys there who like what I do and have been pretty helpful. The disadvantage of not being on a bigger label is that I am starting out from zero, we are building up all my network and contacts from scratch. So reaching out and getting my music out there I guess becomes a slower process. But if the music is good enough, people will eventually come around to it. And I like being the underdog. Suits the fabric of the music as well. And meanwhile Ill just keep going. Lets see. And thanks for the interview!