Melbourne born singer/songwriter Brooke Reuss is a unique pop music artist who explores political change, social commentary and humanity. Brooke's voice has been hailed as "a messenger that goes straight to the heart" as her clear and powerful voice delivers each song's emotion and experience. Brooke's forthcoming debut EP features songs which share the experiences and the events that have influenced her life. The EP includes a collaboration with Australian Idol winner Damien Leith on the stunning protest song"Sometimes." Another stand-out song is "Sawyer's Song" which is about a brave young boy who had cancer.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I have wanted to be a singer for as long as I can remember. I have written songs and sung from a young age. There wasn't a defining moment, but I have had many influences over time who have motivated me to push harder. Tina Arena was one of my first singing influences as a kid. As a teenager, Delta Goodrem inspired me to write more and try piano. In the most recent few years Sara Barielles has been the most influential to me as an Artist, Songwriter and Performer.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I had the privileged of working with Australian Idol Winner Damien Leith a few years ago. My partner and I traveled to his studio in Sydney and wrote the song 'Sometimes' in a day! It will be on the upcoming EP. It was such an amazing experience to work with Damien. It was a full on session but well worth the experience and the powerful song was created.
What has been the high point of your music path?
My first music video - Stand Up, not only because this was my first music video and debut single, but my closest friends and family took part in the video. The result was so much more than I ever expected.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It depends, some days I will sit and write something because I feel it, some days I will bring an idea to a co-writing session and build on it, and some days (like just recently) I will be playing something on piano and I hit an accidental note or chord I like and start building lyrics and melody on that.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I would love to see Independent artists showcased more on TV shows like MTV or rage, and Radio Stations like Triple J, Fox, etc. I am so appreciative of what is available to independent artists, but it is still so hard to get your music out there to hopefully make connections with people and help change their lives.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
There are so many artists I'd love to share the stage with. If I had to pick one I would LOVE to sing with the amazing Sara Barielles. I have not connected with any other artist as much as her. The way she sings, the way she writes her lyrics, and melodies have always had an impact on me.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearsals are always fun! You have to let loose a little to relax the nerves. Most recently my pianist and I practiced in my home. We used a saltshaker for a maraca and my cats joined us. They loved the songs and kept chatting through the practice. Never a dull moment.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Sawyer's Song was originally written differently, for some reason I couldn't get it the way I really wanted it to be. It's about a young boy who battled cancer. No matter how much pain he was in he always tried to lift everyone around him and lived his life to the full. The story behind it was and is so important to me that I wasn't quite happy with it until I took it to my extremely talented Producer, Lee Bradshaw. We re-wrote some parts and it ended up perfect.
What's coming up in the future?
In the next few months I will be releasing my EP. More details to come.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
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