Aliens, entrepreneurship, & self-care.
Singer/songwriter/label exec Laura Brehm (she/her) is one of the most sought-after vocalists in the Electronic Dance Music world today.
What does “raise the femme voice” mean to you?
It means bringing more awareness and validity to female voices in music and all other industries. It means the female voice being just as powerful and influential as the male voice.
What inspired you to start your label, Electric Bird Records, in 2016?
I felt that there wasn’t a space for folk and EDM to connect on one label. I also wanted to make a label that is more open to experimentation and nontraditional methods that you typically see in the mainstream world of music, while still using the tools and resources necessary for artists to be successful.
How do you make folk and EDM work together?
I bring a folk style to the vocal writing and performance and add in other audio elements into the EDM-influenced production, such as acoustic guitar or banjo. It’s basically blending the two genres by writing the song itself in a folk style and using EDM production to bring a fuller sound palate to the song.
Do you believe in aliens?
Absolutely! There’s no way that we are completely alone in this universe when you think about the size of it, let alone if it's infinity.
You are both artist and exec. How do you balance business and creative?
That is becoming a tougher balance as I continue my career, but I think that simply staying healthy is the key. I need more energy for both music and business now, so it’s super important for me to sleep well, eat as healthy as possible, and make sure I’m taking care of myself. I also schedule certain time slots during the day where I focus on either creative or business and I keep one thing on my to-do list at a time, rather than trying to do too many things at once.
What’s your favorite thing about yourself today?
I’m a very open person, and I like to think that I can see the best in people and in situations.
What’s your advice for singers looking to do vocal features on EDM tracks?
I could probably write an essay on this topic, but my main piece of advice would be to find producers that really want to work with you as a collaborator, not as just a layer they put over their track. Be as involved as possible with both the creative and business aspects from the beginning.
You do so many collaborations, many of them remote. How do you ensure they go smoothly?
I try my best to not get overwhelmed and stressed about the number of projects I have going on. I remember to have fun with it and remember why I started doing EDM vocals in the first place: because I love it!
What are you doing to challenge yourself as an artist right now?
I’m learning music production and sound engineering. It’s challenging because I have so much to learn and little time to set aside for it, but I hope to transition more and more into that area. It will allow me to produce my own EDM tracks and self-produce more of my solo work.
Who’s one artist on your playlist we need to start following immediately, and why?
I’m currently getting really into Weyes Blood. She takes a lot of inspiration from The Beatles and blends it with her own unique style that sounds both classic and fresh at the same time.
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