Andrew Brien

FRESH: ‘Throw Away The Key’ – Andrew Brien feat. Jen Ella

Andrew Brien debuts with Jen Ella on “Throw Away The Key”.

by Christopher Smith

Andrew Brien is an aspiring new music songwriter and producer from Glasgow, Scotland. He debuts with “Throw Away The Key”, which features singer Jen Ella. Andrew explains to us: “The song was my first ever release as a songwriter, lyricist AND music producer – as this is my first release completely doing all the song’s process from the initial writing stage right through sound design, recording and mixing/mastering. It has been a fantastic learning curve where I have explored the new pop sounds of vocal chops, fuzzy and plucked synths, and electronic drums (I even created my own blended unique snare sample). This was also the first time I have released another song with another artist as the featured vocalist. I got in touch with Jen Ella over a Scottish Musicians Wanted Facebook group looking for a unique timbre of vocal and Jen was the best to match the overall sound I wanted in the end over the other submissions who were more classical/jazz orientated”.

Andrew continues: “Nonetheless being a singer-songwriter herself in an acoustic framework, my heavily infused pop/electronic sounding song was a big genre shock for her and we had a lot of fun bouncing off each other in my home studio making sure that we crafted the “sassy” final sound and vibe that I had in my head when I wrote the piece, plus some bonus additions of her own unique musicianship which I always welcome. As an aspiring music producer and songwriter, it is my intention to self-release my own work featuring the local talent I have around my area to develop my portfolio and craft, before then being able to submit my songs to other artists via a record company, etc. I am already in the works nearly completing my next song “Deeper” which features a male vocalist that I found using the same channels to seek the perfect artist to match my song’s message and vibe”. We wish Andrew well and look forward to future recordings from him!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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