Brian Doucette on the Success is Loving What You Do

Brian Doucette indie artists

Success is…
being happy at your craft and doing what you love to do. I’m still trying to kind of break out so what some may look at as small is huge to me. – @BrianDoucette5

Listen to the Interview
Episode #325 : A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax :
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2016/05/19/episode-325-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax

Jacqueline Jax logo photoGETTING TO KNOW BRIAN DOUCETTE
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio

I’m new to the music business…
so I’m still wet behind the ears. Pros so far is just the fact that people are digging what I’m putting out, I’ve even had complete strangers share and comment on my tunes and that kind of positive feedback and just the fact that they’re into it at all is really what it’s all about for me. Lol it’s still too soon for cons but I’ll get back to you on that down the road.

I like social media because…
of the connection it allows you to have with pretty much anyone in the world. Which is also the same thing I dislike about social media.

Singles are great for…
the fact that sometimes with certain artists you don’t want the whole album. Nothing against the artist but, sometimes a particular song is all I really want to hear from someone. People are different and just because I don’t want to her a whole album doesn’t mean that other people don’t so I like the freedom of being able to just hear the music I want to hear for a cheaper price than having to buy all 10-12 songs that are put out.

There’s way too much emphasis on being current and trendy…
and not enough emphasis on being yourself. Old school music is why new school music exists.

I’m most afraid of…
spiders lol anything with 8 legs and a hundred eyes shouldn’t be trusted!

Success is…
being happy at your craft and doing what you love to do. I’m still trying to kind of break out so what some may look at as small is huge to me. I’ve got almost 2000 views on SoundCloud and I’ve been as high as number 5 locally on reverbnation, some may look at that as small but I was thrilled to see it lol. I just hope I can always appreciate the small things the way I do now.

Overall career goal is…
to be able to make a good living from music. Touring, recording and meeting and reaching new people is the overall plan and goal.

3 ways to challenge myself…

1) To be as nice as I can to people without getting stepped on;

2) A healthy balance of work and play; and

3) Ignore the haters, they suck anyway lol

I’ve loved music…
since I was sleeping in a crib lol. My father got me into stuff like Pink Floyd and Steve Earle at a young age and then I kind of just stayed hook and found my own tastes. I started playing guitar when I was 14 or so but get into really learning and figuring stuff out when I was 18. I was a late starter and started with like jam bands in basements when I was in my mid 20s. It wasn’t til I was almost 30 I started penning down my own material which started out as more of a hard rock genre until I took a liking to country music just a few years ago. Now my style is more of a country with a bit of harder rock twist to it.

I actually wrote the lyrics to “Not Over You”…
about 8 years ago following a fairly nasty break up but pretty much just wrote it to kinda vent. I had no major plans for it at the time.. lol nerves I guess because I was playing “Mr Cool Guy” and didn’t want her to know I cared that much (young and dumb). Then, when I first moved to Halifax I was unpacking and came across an old song book I had where I found this song and I was like “wow there’s some real emotion to that” so I put some guitar chords together and hacked and slashed a few of the lyrics to make it jive… end result was “not over you” so I recorded it. Lol side note, I drank some beer while I put it together and drunk dimed her that night on Facebook hahaha she is amazing and any hard feelings are in the past so it was cool to catch up with her lol I didn’t mention anything about the song and I’m not even sure if she’s heard it hahaha.

I just want my music to be heard by…
as many people that I can reach. I’m new to the whole delivery of it but my favorite thing about music is that there’s no such thing as “better” than someone else at it. Some people will like it some will hate it but it all boils down to people’s tastes. I’m working on my first album right now at Simple Productions in Sackville, NS which is being produced by John Murphy and will probably release singles as they finish online until I can package them together.

My music is…
a mix of country beer drinking and partying to a hard rock don’t put up with bs from anyone feel to it. Some tell stories, some are happy, some are sad, some are for a party and some are for a fight lol I write a lot depending on the mood I’m in at the time but I think most people can relate in some way to a lot of the music I put together.

Brian Doucette indie music artist

Halifax, Canada
I was born and raised in Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia, spent 8 years in Fredericton, NB and am living in Halifax right now. The music scene is amazing there, a lot of Celtic east coast Canada style music but a good mix of rock and hip hop as well there. Places like the alehouse and the lower deck are great for live music and you can find a cool artist or band any night of the week really.

 

If I could spend 5 minutes with…
someone it would probably be Slash. I was a GNR fan since I was a kid and have followed slash right from there through snakepit, velvet revolver to his solo stuff with Myles and now right back to GNR lol Slash is pretty much the reason I picked up a guitar, you may not hear it so much in my music but the reason I started writing and playing in the first place stems from his work over the last almost 30 years so the chance to pick his brain a little would be awesome.


Social Media:
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/briandouce
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/douce_brian/not-over-you
Twitter @BrianDoucette5