Vancouver-based Brevner has been making some major waves lately. His crisp rhymes and effortless delivery have helped establish him as an artist to watch in 2017 and beyond.
I caught up with the talented emcee to get his take on all things music and life. He even was kind enough to bless us with a new track that we’re sure you’ll have in your rotation in no time.
So can you tell me a little bit about the music scene in Vancouver?
Brevner: Definitely. Vancouver is just such an artistic town in general that it can be tough. You’ve got to really excel at whatever it is that you do before people start giving you credit and recognizing you as an “artist”.
When do you find yourself at your most creative?
Brevner: I’m definitely a night owl in terms of day-to-day stuff, but in terms of yearly productivity I think I get most of my stuff done during the Fall, Spring & Winter. In the Summer I’m just trying to get inspired as much as possible. Having ambitions outside of cultural norms though you always have to be grinding. I’m a slave to my craft because it’s a burden with how much time, sacrifice and energy goes into this. At the same time though I don’t want to look back and say I could’ve done more.
So we’re heading into 2017 obviously , what’s something you’d like to see us as a society leave in 2016?
Brevner : I’d like to see us get rid of our reliance on corporate media. All the fake news that’s out there is really messing with people’s heads. Everyone just has a confirmation bias as soon as they something they agree with and then choose to block out everything else as “noise”. On the other hand, it’s nice to see younger people starting to get more involved in politics. It just feels like a lot of the media that is being consumed is slanted one way or the other. The bottom line though is that we are all responsible for that. People tend to forget how interdependent everyone and everything is.
So as a videographer and a director that’s very involved in creating your own visual content I want to know what you think about the emergence of virtual reality in music? Do you see it as a gimmick or progress?
Brevner: Well the only thing that’s going to determine if this is a lane for artists is the cost. If it’s something that can be accessible to everybody then it could be a great avenue to better connect fans with their favorite artists. Like I said though, you’d need everyone to be able to afford it and have access to it though.
While virtual reality and 2017 both have a lot of questions surrounding them, one thing that isn’t in question is Brevner’s talent on the mic. He’s an artist to watch this year and beyond as he looks to grow his international presence and become a household name. Make sure to keep it locked to Brevner’s socials to stay up to date on new tours, music and more. Tell him Squid sent you.