Who’s Upstairs: Brynn

Brynn3Brynn will be performing at Alexander Upstairs on the 16th of January.

Home town?
Originally from Auckland, New Zealand

Tell us a little more about your show?
Every show with Brynn is a pretty beautiful experience for us. I suppose the music we play is very personal and emotional so when we perform live it’s really theraputic for the whole band. A lot of our music has been really inspired by the work of some of our favourite artists like Ani Difranco, Bright Eyes, Tom Waits, Jeff Buckley and Damien Rice.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
In a few days I’ll be heading back to New Zealand to take Brynn there and record the first album and play around the country. Also hoping to do a sneaky tour through Europe at the end of the year after the album is out.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
This is the project i’m dreaming of, i’m besotted with it.

My mother studied theatre at Rhodes, she often performed at the Grahamstown festival and worked in theatre for many years when she immigrated with me to New Zealand when I was two. She was always writing and performing, she inspires me greatly still. I grew up with theatre actors, writers and musicians, they were always such incredible people, they were so expressive and told such wonderful stories. They weren’t ever afraid to dive within themseleves and tell the truth. That’s were I really fell in love with the creative and artistic world

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Jeff Buckley and Samuel Beckett
Gotta have a fondue, the more wine the better!

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
Straight No Chaser and the Alma Cafe

What excites you about theatre?
The endlessness of it. Every now and then you discover something so unique and beautiful and when you do it’s indescribable.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
I’ve performed for the wrong reasons. Performed to be praised. There’s a bit of your soul in everything you write, and if you abuse it it’ll simply walk away, it won’t ever feel right again.

Who do you think people should be talking about?
Nick Turner’s amazing live and a generallu fantastic musician. There’s a guy who’s damn hard to find called Tombstone Pete, but if you ever do find him his shows are just breathtaking.