Brittney Bouchard Talks "Addicted to Heartbreak", Hotel Café Show, and More
Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:28:05
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Brittney Bouchard fashions pop gems with a hint of soul and even a little country twang.
The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter echoes Norah Jones and Colbie Caillat, but she's got her own je ne sais quoi that's utterly transfixing. Boasting a cinematic perspective, she can capture heartache, or she can make you fall in love. That dichotomy is the mark of true talent. Her six-song debut EP Addicted to Heartbreak illuminates the genesis of a more than promising career for her. She's bound for very big things…
Fans have recognized it too, as she raised over 8,000 dollars on PledgeMusic, a massive feat for a new artist, to cut Addicted to Heartbreak. Now, the next chapter begins with an intimate Hotel Café gig in Los Angeles on February 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm. Get there and watch the future unfold.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Brittney Bouchard talks Addicted to Heartbreak, her influences, the upcoming show, and so much more.
Did you approach Addicted to Heartbreak with one vision or vibe in mind?
I'd been writing consistently for three years, and I wasn't necessarily writing for myself. I was writing for all kinds of different projects. When I came to the conclusion I was going to do an EP for myself, I took the six best songs I gravitated towards the most. The title is Addicted to Heartbreak. I know that's a little intense. It's like the opposite of "Addicted to Love". There's a love song in there. There's a heartbreak song in there. There's a song about the fights in a relationship. It's all very personal. They all tied in to the title.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
When I write songs and I really get into it, I see a music video, and it's like a film in my head. That's when I start to write the lyrics and melody and get into that space. For each and every one of those songs, I have a little music video in my brain as I'm writing. I'm definitely very visual when I write.
What's the story behind "Holding My Breath"?
The first line is, "I hate New York City", and the second is "Cuz it reminds me of you". I was in a long-distance relationship with a guy who lives in New York, and I live in L.A. It's about the push-and-pull of a long-distance relationship. Those first two lines are my favorites. It's a bold statement, and it's followed up by a good reason.
Where did "Reality" come from?
That's my favorite. It arises from the concept of having an amazing dream. Then, you wake up in the middle of it like, "I want to go back to that dream! How do I do that?" It's like that old Ethan Hawke movie from the '90s Before Sunset. It's an unforgettable experience that ended too soon and well. It felt like a dream, but once the dream is over, and there's no going back.
What artists shaped you?
I grew up listening to a lot of singer-songwriters like Fiona Apple, Alanis Morissette, and Sheryl Crow. I'm into all kinds of music. Right now, I'm listening to a band called The Submarines. I'm also listening to The Lumineers!
If you were to compare Addicted to Heartbreak to a movie or combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
I'd say Love Actually. It's the trials and tribulations of love and the various stages of a relationship—what it takes to get there, how it works, and how it doesn't work. We're all addicted to heartbreak. We keep trying with relationships that don't work, but that's life [Laughs].
What's next for you?
I've been writing like crazy, and I already can't wait to do another album.
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