With a sound inspired by the likings of Ellie Goulding and Ed Sheeran, 19-year-old Brittany Cannarozzi is ready to reveal her true colors through her long-time love of singing music. We sat down with the self-described foodie and travel enthusiast, to talk about her new EP, finding inspiration, and guilty pleasures.
Interview by Tammy Su
TS: Tell me a bit about what you’re up to these days.
BC: For the summer, I’m home from school. I work at a camp in Freehold – not that exciting, but it makes money so that’s awesome! I like to spend time with my family, my friends. I’m a really creative person and I like to meet new people.
TS: How did you get started with music? Was it at a young age, taking lessons?
BC: I’ve been singing since I could talk. I never chose to pursue it professionally because you’re your own worst critic and you never really believe you could do something great with it. This past year I went to college and this year wasn’t (pause) the best, and I felt really alone. I thought to myself – what makes me feel less alone? What’s always been there for me? And to be honest, music is something that has always naturally been a part of me. It’s made me feel that I belong and better about myself. I feel in my element and it makes me happy. I knew I needed to get back to that, so I found this audition with Bassment Productions, and I didn’t think I’d actually get it – but I did. And I’ve been able to do a lot more songwriting, and I’m really learning a lot more about the fundamentals and the dynamics of music and singing and writing and I’ve just begun to take voice lessons.
TS: What are you working on with Bassment?
BC:At the moment, we’re doing a lot of promo and finding ways to expose me as a person and as an artist. So gigs around local areas and NYC. We’re working on an EP hopefully to be released end of this year, including 6-7 original songs coming from me and the producers, who have worked with the likes of Iggy Azalea, Jason Derulo and Ellie Goulding. I’m doing some cover songs on Youtube and things to helps other people feel me out, see what I’m about, see if they like me or not.
TS: Your EP will be all original tracks. Where do you draw your inspiration with songwriting and what’s your process?
BC: Most of my songs and my lyrics come from what I’m doing in my life and my emotions. Especially this last year, it’s been kind of crazy and my emotions are everywhere! (laughs) I have a small journal in my purse, and if I see something that inspires me I’ll write it down, or if I see a quote I like, a painting, or some way people interact with each other. I’ll go back and be like, Wow I really want to write a song about that.
TS: So with the new EP coming out, how would you describe your sound?
BC: I’d say it’s electronic pop, but with an urban feel to it. And I’m totally open to doing anything – we’re saying now it’s electronic pop but who knows what it can turn into. I’m very eclectic with music choices and my preferences. We’ll see what happens with it.
TS: Who are your personal inspirations?
BC:I love Ellie Goulding, she’s a huge artist in electronic pop music. I’ve always been inspired by her in the last few years. I love Ed Sheeran, and bands – I really like people with unique sounds – the 1975, I love Coldplay. A lot of people who aren’t mainstream as well, Ingrid Michelson and random little people. Great Big World. That’s what I’m listening to these days at least.
TS:We have a lot in common! Any guilty pleasures, music-wise?
BC: Oooh. This is so embarrassing, but One Direction. I love them.
TS: If the world was ending and you could only listen to 3 songs on repeat forever, what would they be?
BC: Oh my gosh, such a hard question. I’d say – hmm, especially if the world’s ending you’d want something happy! I’d say Chocolate by The 1975, Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran and Yellow by Coldplay.
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Print or download this article in the August 2014 issue. Released August 1st, 2014