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BROKE EVEN

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW BROKE EVEN WHAT HAPPENED?

Hiya Broke Even, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

In early high school, it felt really good to write melodies and riffs that I thought sounded awesome.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

I picked up the alto sax in eighth grade after getting really into ska music. As I was learning the instrument, I got interested in creating my own melodies and whatnot. Shortly after, I self taught guitar and keyboards, and started to learn scales, chords, modes, etc, so I can create full songs. It just kind of took off from there! I was in a few bands in high school, but we didn’t really know how to get out there to start playing shows.

After taking a bit of a break throughout college to focus on studies, I got back into songwriting around age 24 or so. It wasn’t until a few years after that where I finally got over the confidence hurdle of singing, and started to really practice my vocals. I released a self-produced album with my friend Eric under the artist name “Ground up to” in 2020.

I’m proud of the songwriting on that, but the production is very demo-like and amateur. Since 2022 I’ve been performing solo under the name “Broke Even”. In late 2023 I took major strides in my live show, developing an extensive use of looping so I can play both guitar and Keyboards live!

What’s the live music scene like in Connecticut right now? Anyone we should be looking out for (Bar you of course)

There’s great music throughout the state, but it seems to have a concentration in the New Haven area. There’s too many great artists to list, but T!LT is a really fun band that puts out very interesting and diverse music.

I’ve seen a lot of people struggling for support recently online. Whats your view on the industry?

It’s easier than ever to create and release music by yourself, which is a great thing! However this causes more competition, so it’s harder than ever to get people to listen to your music.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

Nowhere, which is why I’m just focused on having fun!

What was your best experience on stage?

It actually wasn’t with this project, but when I was 15 or so I played a song with Jeff Rosentock’s then band called Bomb the Music Industry. They had this thing at the time where anyone could bring any instrument to one of their shows and play a song with them during their set.

What was your worst experience on stage?

There was one show where I broke a guitar string during my first song. I didn’t have any other strings or another guitar, so I embarrassingly had to ask if I could borrow someone’s guitar for the remainder of my set. Luckily someone was helpful enough to let me borrow theirs.

What are the next steps you plan to take? 

I am currently in process of tracking a full-length album with session musicians. It will sound much better than anything I did previously, since my previous releases were mostly sampled drums, VST instruments, etc.

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

This new single is called “What Are you Waiting For”. It takes a couple different twists and turns throughout the song. It ends with a super loud pop-punk singalong which I think sounds great.

What was the recording process like?

This was a home recording. I recorded guitar and bass myself using amp sims. Sampled drums and VST instruments on FL studio. Vocals using an SM57.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Yes, looking back I would have liked to use as many real instruments as possible, as well as hire a mix engineer instead of mixing it myself. However, the production reflected my budget at the time, and I was able to learn a lot about tracking, mixing, etc by taking it on myself.

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