Coming to America: Londoner Bruno Major Takes the States by Storm

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Rock On Philly: Why take on this challenge to record and release a new song every month? 

Bruno Major: I just didn’t want to wait around. People spend months or years making an album, and I had this thing with [first track] “On Our Own,” so I was just like I’ll put that out. Then I saw the South Park documentary [6 Days to Air]. I thought, “If they can make an episode in a week, I can [make a song] in a month”… Then I also thought about the moon aspect.

ROP: Any regrets doing it this way? 

BM: There were a few moments, for example “Easily” was a hard one to track… I had a minor breakdown around April, and it changed my whole attitude. But generally speaking it was amazing. I’m a perfectionist and nothing is ever good enough, but this [experience] forced me to be like “Oh well, I have to put it out.” It’s a bit like putting an unedited picture on the internet.

ROP: Like #nofilter?

BM: (Laughs) Yea.

ROP: Did you notice any implicit links/themes between the songs in the album once it was finished? 

BM: They definitely all run into each other quite nicely. Except for three they are all love songs. My manager noticed that if you read the titles of the songs it actually tells a story.

ROP: After being a session musician, what made you want to release your own material, or was that always the main goal?

BM: It was never a goal honestly. I always wanted to do music in some way, I ended up writing songs after moving to London and I had stuff to say. As soon as I started writing, I knew that was my home and my reason for being. I didn’t even sing when I started writing songs, but then I started recording them in my voice [to send to other artists] so that’s kinda how it started. I’m quite grateful it has happened that way, I’ve learned a lot being a session musician.

ROP: Does much of your songwriting come from personal experiences?

BM: Of course, everything comes from a personal experience. I was going through a breakup at the time, and sometimes it’s a lot easier to express yourself writing a song than talking about it..songwriting can be quite subconscious and reveal things [you didn’t realize].

Come see Bruno Major’s debut show in Philly this Saturday! Tickets still available here. This show is 21+ only. 

Bruno Major performs during “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Thursday, February 22, 2018 (12:35 PM-1:37 AM ET/PT) On The CBS Television Network. Photo: Terence Patrick ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved


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