Letting her guard down to connect with her audience, 16-year old indie-pop singer songwriter Brye explores the frustrations that come with growing up and dealing with heartbreak. Her debut single, “Million Songs”, which came out in 2019, describes the feeling of letting yourself fall in love again after having your heart broken.
The honest and relatable nature of Brye’s music reinforces the significance of fueling lyrics with emotion. With over 10 million streams, her viral hit “LEMONS” delves into the feelings that may arise when being bullied, particularly by boys. A simplistic and playful instrumental paired with dreamy harmonies and vulnerable lyrics makes this track irresistible.
We met with Brye to learn more about her musical journey. Get to know her below:
Let’s start by hearing where you’re at now – what have you been up to during quarantine? (*Just for your consideration* Has it affected your writing/production process, fan engagement, etc)
At first I had writer’s block because I normally write about relationships I have, but because of the lack of interaction with people, it has taught me to write more about myself and my feelings.
What’s something people don’t know about you?
I’m obsessed with the enneagram personality test. Whenever I talk with people I try and guess their numbers. It allows me to empathize a lot easier with others and helps me grasp where they are coming from. (I’m an enneagram 4 wing 3).
How and why did you get started with music?
I’ve been singing since before I could even talk and music is all I’ve ever been able to imagine for myself. I would write lyrics to cope, and I started to get really good at it over the years.
How has your musical journey been so far?
In the beginning it was really slow, until everything skyrocketed. Since LEMONS it’s been a whirlwind of phone calls, more writing and lots and lots of love.
Tell us about your viral hit “LEMONS” – How did the song come to be? (If you’re comfortable telling us the story behind it)
I went through alot of bullying a couple of years ago, mostly from boys. I became fed up with the way I was being treated so I thought I would express my thoughts through this song. I have found that a lot of people relate with the lyrics which tells me that I am not the only one that has dealt with this before.
How has the wave of attention from Tik Tok felt? Has it affected your everyday life?
The influx of TikTok followers was pretty insane at first. I still have trouble wrapping my head around 130 thousand people wanting to hear what I have to say.
Do you have any advice for other young aspiring musicians?
Pick up an instrument and teach yourself it. Whether it is ukulele, guitar or piano, figure out a way to accompany yourself.
In just a few words, how would you describe your music?
Who would be your dream to collaborate with?
Dodie Clark. I have listened to her throughout high school, she is a huge role model for me.
As an artist, what are some of your major goals in the next five years?
Honestly, I just want to get more music out. I have a lot of ideas that I am excited to express.
Any near-future plans? Songs dropping or other things to look out for?
New music is coming. I can’t wait for you all to hear it.
What are you listening to right now?
I’ve been obsessed with Hayley Williams, she just put a solo album out and that’s all I have been listening to.
For more from Brye, follow her on Instagram and check out her Spotify below!