Today we’d like to introduce you to Brigitte Mena.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Brigitte. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’ve been singing since I was about 8 years old, but became serious about music in high school. I’ve always been involved in choirs and various music groups growing up. I went on to pursue a degree in music at SMU and started my first band, Oakheart, while attending college. After my band parted ways, I decided to start my own solo project in 2016. I spent all of last year recording my album, “Maslow,” and just released it this month. Now that my album is out, I’ll be playing a few shows this summer with a full band. I also perform in another project called “TBA,” a folk pop duo. I started professionally gigging last summer with my solo project and duo, not really intending for either project to turn into something regular. I now gig about 3-5 times per week and have plans to record an album this summer with my duo project. It’s been a wild ride so far, and I am super excited for what is yet to come.
On top of gigging and writing music, I’m also my own band manager which is a job on its own. I would say my greatest challenge has been managing all of the business sides while still trying to find time to be creative and continue writing new music. I’m new to this whole business side of music, and I’ve learned a great deal about it this year on my own. Every time you book a gig, it’s just like applying for a job, so it can be very exhausting with all of the time I dedicate each week to it. You have to be extremely organized, persistent, and a “go-getter.” The organizational part is easy for me, but I’m more of an introvert, so the connection part of this job can be a struggle for me at times. I would say it really pushed me out of my comfort zone which has been scary and exciting at the same time.
Connections are so essential for success in the music industry, but I would say that is equally balanced by the dedication and hard work. You have to have both.
Brigitte Mena – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The album I just released is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. I’ve never approached an album with a concept in mind, so it was very different for me writing this album. A lot of times I write songs in less than an hour depending on what emotion and situation I am feeling or going through. But I would say I spent more time than I usually would crafting the lyrics in a way that expressed not only how I was feeling but also referencing various parts of Maslow’s theory in each song.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
This one is hard for me to choose. The release of my debut album is definitely one of the proudest moments I’ve had so far. I put a lot of thought, time, frustration, excitement, and tears into this project, and I am super happy with how it turned out. I’m excited to start performing these songs live with my band. I’m also very fortunate to be gigging as much as I do now. I never fully believed music would be a career for me until this year.
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