Brian Burn appeared on Gosh!Radio May 5th, 2012
By Robin Rowe and Joshua De La Cruz
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Gosh!Radio) 2012/5/3 – “I’m a pale white ghost floating,” says indie rock artist Brian Burn. “My music is mellow rock-n-roll, with lyrics that paint imagery of love and sadness. You can take many meanings from my lyrics but mostly they are stories of past experiences.” Burn is recording his first album, Heart Is A Ghost Town.
Host Gabrielle Pantera interviewed Brian Burn on Gosh!Radio Meet the Music. The music of Brian Burn is an indie rock sound in the genre of Echo & the Bunnymen, Vast and David Bowie. The poetic lyrics hint at Burn’s spiritual depth as an artist. A strong mix of melody and vocals drives the music into the psyche of the listener. The songs go from soft ballads, like Alive and Hope Is a Grave, to faster uptempo numbers like Follow Me, where guitar riffs linger like shades of grey over the pounding beat of the drums.
Burn’s approach to songwriting is to try to set a mood. “I figure out what I want to say and how I want to say it,” says Burn. “I then come up with a melody. Usually the acoustic guitar helps me develop a rough skeleton of the song. I get inspired by movies and by interactions with people I love. I’m influenced by John Lennon, The Beatles, David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails.”
Burn has worked with producer Don Peake, who played guitar with the Everly Brothers and Ray Charles. Burn says he learned to produce from Phil Spector, Freddy Washington (Steely Dan) and James Gadson (Bill Withers), who came down and played on a song. Burn is currently working with Mark Dutton (Brian Jonestown Massacre) and Josh Fields on a new record. Burn, who started as a singer-songwriter this year, is putting together a full band.
“Singing is something that just came naturally,” says Burn. “I have been singing since I was a little boy, I have always loved music. As a child my mom would play music in the car everywhere we went and we would sing.” Burn sings and plays the guitar and bass.Burn has played in Los Angeles at The Viper Room, Crane’s Tavern, Bordello Bar, The Key Club, The Gig, Cat Club. He’s played at Vino’s in Little Rock and the Rockit Room in San Francisco. No upcoming performances are scheduled, but Burn says he expects to be at The Viper Room or Hemingway’s soon, to check on the web site.
Artists who Burn would like to perform with someday include Marilyn Manson, Josh Homme, Jimmy Gnecco, Ethan Johns and Ryan Adams. “I love the work these artists have done,” says Burn. “They have inspired me so much.”
Brian Burn as born in the city of Orange in California. He grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. “I really enjoyed growing up there,” says Burn. “My mom took me to my first Marilyn Manson concert when I was 13 at Barton Coliseum in Little Rock. I have really fond memories of going to concerts and becoming a huge Marilyn Manson fan.”
About Meet the Music
The show premiered in June of 2011. The 1-hour weekly music talk show Meet the Music is hosted by Gabrielle Pantera who interviews bands, singers, musicians, composers, songwriters, and music executives. Show co-hosts vary. Sound engineer David Williams. Producer Robin Rowe. Executive Producer Gabrielle Pantera. The show broadcasts live from Melrose Music Studios at Raleigh Studios Hollywood. Raleigh Studios is a historic studio lot where TV shows such as Castle, Closer and Private Practice are currently in production.