Rick Brindell, an extremely talented singer/songwriter, is rockin' Long Island from shore to shore. He is a finger-style guitar player by trade and has written songs that are fun, satirical, sophisticated and touching. Check him out:
Who is Rick Brindell?
Rick Brindell is an honest, down to earth regular guy. As a hard working Insurance professional for nearly 30 years, I finally am allowing myself to follow my dream of making music and preparing for the second half of my life to be a whole lot of fun. I am hoping for personal satisfaction. I’m not about the glitter and glamour (not that there is anything wrong with that) rather I am about the sincerity of being true to myself, my beliefs and the people I love through my songs.
My mom died on Christmas Day in1962 when I was just a small boy, so growing up without a mother had its effect on me, but I have grown emotionally over the last several years with the help of my wonderful wife Lucy and the rest of my family including four grandkids. Being able to get in touch with my feelings has allowed me to start writing my own songs after so many years.
I want to be that guy who never gave up on my dream, no matter my age. Meanwhile I am here to entertain you, so sit back and enjoy the ride.
Have you always enjoyed the art of music?
As far back as I can remember, I always loved music. I remember watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show and I was hooked forever. My father bought me and my twin brother Mike cheap acoustic guitars circa 1966. In those days they had no VCRs so one of us would have to take the guitar lesson while the other would watch the campy TV show Batman with Adam West, then tell the other what happened.
I always have a tune in my head, its part of my brain structure; I can’t help it. Never could. Never will. I warn the people when I give blood that the recipient of my blood will want to start singing the Blues or something. I tell them to use it wisely.
Do you have any loves, other then music?
Actually I love Sci-fi TV. In fact I had a production company called Loose Cannon Productions back in the 90’s that recreated old missing Doctor Who episodes, called reconstructions (web site still exists www.recons.com). My team produced and distributed those lost classics over the Internet for free. It was a lot of work, a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of complaining from Lucy. But I truly believe that I was part of a noble enterprise to keep a cult classic alive, and don’t you know just a few years after that, the BBC began producing the new Series of Doctor Who, which just had its 50th anniversary. I truly believe that all that work by my team and others helped bring back that series.
I also love sports, baseball and football being my true loves. Yankees and Giants respectively. I play fantasy sports every year and I am pretty darn good at it too.
I love to cook a good meal, sometimes fancy, other times not. I make a killer Osso Bucco. My chili is good too.
My family of course. They are everything.
Tell us the best advice you were ever given:
A wise man once told me to always take advantage of using the restroom when I can. You know, with each passing day, it’s the best advice I ever got. Saving for retirement, which my father always preached, is a pretty good idea too.
What is the first song you have ever sung?
If I think back to when I was a kid again, I remember rocking myself to sleep singing either Windy by the Association or the Gilligan's Island theme song. No doubt my twin brother can corroborate that. We shared a room in those days.
What is the hardest struggle being an Indie Artist?
I’m still learning the struggles an Indie Artist goes through. I am a relatively new Indie Artist considering I only reacquainted myself with the guitar when I turned fifty. So for me it was trying to figure out where I fit in. What did I want to do with my music? My wonderful music producer in Nashville, Kim Copeland, taught me focus on my goals. Before that it was sort of aimless meanderings in music, if that makes sense. I think a lot of people go through the same thing as an Indie.
I will also admit that I had no clue how the “new” music industry worked and I
basically have learned what I have to this date by trial and error. The music industry has changed so much, but anyone can produce quality music with a relatively small budget, even someone like me who never had any experience.
Do your research. Don’t get used by so-called record companies and demo services that make promises and never deliver. I did that for the first couple of years without knowing any better. Kim saved me. Get a real music producer.
Then its all about learning how to promote yourself, which is not an easy task. I would prefer to have fewer fans that actually take the time to listen to one of my songs, versus someone who wants to be my fan to get a “fan back” without taking the time to hear me. That’s not honest. Its so NOT me.
Be committed, be prepared for a lot of rejection but get back up on that horse and ride ride ride.
Your networking skills are incredible. Were you always such a Go Getter?
Yes if I truly believed in something. I have to be motivated to put in the level of effort it takes to keep up with today’s social media, and I do believe in myself.
In fact my song “Keeping Up” is all about that theme. But I spend probably two hours a day on social media trying to promote myself. How is anyone going to enjoy my music if they never heard of me? Spread the word, I’m coming baby….
How do you promote your upcoming gigs?
Social media is the biggest part of it of course, Reverbnation, Twitter and Facebook for the most part; word of mouth too.
Tell us why we should listen to your music:
We all want to listen to emotionally charged, honest songs that are touching, thought-provoking, clever and fun, right. Why wouldn’t you give me four minutes of your time? Don’t you want to feel good? Don’t you want to have fun? Don’t you like me?
What I try to accomplish with each song I write is to deliver a clear cut message that the listener can understand the first time through, like it or not.
You can find Rick Brindell at the following sites:
He is also available on ITunes; Amazon and eMusic.