I had the privilege of interviewing Bri Clark. She recently released her new single “Assertion.” In this interview, we talk about her new single, musical influences, and the coolest thing about being from Australia.
You have a new single called “Assertion.” What inspired the song’s title?
A good friend of mine who drummed on the track helped me with the title. I was struggling to get something that would really encapsulate the whole meaning of the song, because it’s such a strong, dark sounding song, and the title needed to reflect that. And we were brainstorming, and we found the correct conjugation of assertive and “Assertion” stuck. It’s the perfect title for it too.
Can you explain the song’s message?
The song’s message is all to do with just being gutsy. Being courageous and telling someone what you want, and not being afraid of the response. It’s the absolute opposite to the way I actually am as a person, and I read this quote somewhere that said “You either say how you feel and fuck it up or say nothing and let it fuck you up instead.” So I wrote it as a bit of a reminder to myself, be more brave, don’t be so scared of the fall out because hey, if it’s meant to be it’s meant to be.
Who are your musical influences?
There are so many musical influences. I’m always going to start with Tina Arena because I taught myself how to sing when I was 10 by listening to her ’97 album In Deep. Sara Bareilles is a huge influence for me, Regina Spektor, Florence & the Machine, Sia Furler, Vanessa Carlton, Missy Higgins. And then there’s also Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club, Jonsi, Half Moon Run, Eisley, Haim, and Imogen Heap. The list could go forever.
What inspired you start singing?
I can’t actually remember! I started singing to audiences in high school, and I was in a little folky/blues trio sort of thing and we had so much fun playing together. But I think it was probably listening to Britney Spears first album, because let’s face it – it was phenomenal.
Do you have any plans for the rest of 2015 and 2016?
I’m releasing another single “Shiver” in early October, with a big launch at the end of that month and then releasing a music video for it. It’s going to be a busy second half of the year, playing lots of shows and hopefully it resonates with people! 2016 is a bit unknown right now, I’ll play a few festivals at the beginning of the year, but I just want to see how things pan out before I make too many long term decisions.
If you could be signed to a record label who would it be and why?
I think I’d sign to one that really understood my music, really understood me as a person, and was there for the long haul. It’d probably be an indie label, because I’m not really sure that I would get that sort of personal experience with a major. It’s hard though, you don’t want to make the wrong decision, but you’ve also gotta take risks. I’m fine to be independent until the right one comes along.
How does being from Australia influence your sound?
Well, right before I’m about to jump in the vocal booth, I’ve got to avoid a giant golden orb spider which makes its web right out the front of the studio where I record. If I sound a bit scared/flighty/breathless in the song that’s probably why.
Name the coolest thing about being from Australia.
Vegemite. I know my cousin is going to read this and be like, ew gross it’s so yeasty. But I’m not sorry. It’s vegemite.
Check out her new single below and like her on Facebook.