Was there something or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Yes. I picked up the guitar and started writing after my pop passed away suddenly when I was in high school. It was devastating. I found release in the learning how to put chords together with a lyric and melody. Then I found that people could relate to some of the things I was doing, which is an amazing feeling. I had so much emotion at that point; it also inspired me to teach myself everything. I have no training in guitar, vocals or songwriting. I think that has lead to an original sound and style of songwriting that is unique and connects with people on a deeper level.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Shortly after I had started playing live gigs as a solo acoustic player, I played a show as the opener of a three act show. As I started the performance I was inspired by a lot of people coming in to see me. I got so into it I broke a string and had to stop in the middle of a song to change the string onstage. After a few awkward moments I started back up. The house was packed and I brought the crowd to their feet when I finished, followed by an encore to a standing ovation. The headliner was a national touring act, the Reverend Horton Heat. He was so impressed he invited me to Austin to play with him and Charlie Sexton at the SXSW festival. One for the books!
What has been the high point of your music path?
The overall reaction to my new album, Wildflower. I've had a rock band for a few years but recently was inspired to write love songs because of a new amazing relationship. During the pandemic I put these songs together with a new group of players and the result was stunning. The best music I've ever made. This is also my first attempt at pushing music online and it has been a learning experience. We've had so much great press and reviews including a big time agent in New York, Gene Foley, asking to help me with my business. It has been an awesome experience.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It usually starts with an idea or a line. From there I just start adding and expanding it. There is a period of playing with it to see if there is anything to add or subtract. Then when the song is done the crafting begins. This is where it gets polished and this makes a good song a great song(hopefully). Making sure every chord and every word is just right. I like the Goldilocks method. Not too much, not too little but just right. There is nothing like the feeling of finishing a great song. If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Dave Matthews. His music has always hit me in a way that it's like coming home when I hear him. Not only that but what a great band and live show! He has some of the best songs ever written(imho). Grey Street says so much with so few words. Such great guys and musicians. It would be so much fun to play along side him and the band What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Basically woodshedding, but so much fun. We play each song until it becomes instinct, until we know where everybody is going before we get there. It is so much fun getting there and the vibe it creates is transcendental!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
"My Way Home" - It is such a different kind of song that I've ever written before. It's a song about a character who has spent his whole life living with PTSD. The lyrics are powerful and a little dark. I also know there are plenty of people who can relate. The biggest challenge is saying things that no one has said before and doing it cuttingly honest. Also when I added the music to the lyrics I kept getting in my own way. I have my own style of writing that I enjoy using but in this case it felt like I was forcing it in the wrong direction. It just wouldn't flow. One day I found I needed to get out of the way and let the song write itself and then it came to me. It was a labor of love, but definitely worth the trip. This is one that really sticks out to people.
What's coming up in the future?
I have been in the studio with my rock band, Brian Berggoetz Band. We are finishing up our first album, Pieces of Silver. It has some of my best songs yet plus the musicians to back it up. The sound is amazing. We are looking forward to sharing with everyone soon with the help of Gene Foley. We have a lot of people waiting to hear it and they are going to love it! We would love to take the music on the road and feel the connection with the audience around the country
Tell us where fans can access your music.
Stream on Spotify
Connect on Facebook
Check out my website.
About Brian Berggoetz
Since the early start of the pandemic, Brian began a new relationship with a woman that has inspired him to write new songs, many of which are somewhat on the softer side than to what the band ordinarily plays. As such, he has simultaneously formed a second band as a solo project with the addition of a violinist which captures the essence of its thick, dreamy sound that veers more towards an Americana style of music. This project has just produced and released its first CD in April of this year, and the reviews so far have been overwhelming. The CD is comprised of eleven original songs in addition to Brian’s rendition of the cover song Purple Haze.
"Brian Berggoetz is a true to life American musical hero. If you don't already know, his soft smooth voice is surely guiding and instructing the very soul of this great land. It's a truth you will need to discover for yourself."-Nathanial D. King-Fueled by Purple Records