On this week’s episode we sit down with songwriting crooner Brendan Scott Friel. We’ll learn how punk rock leads to folk, how to find your focus, and how travelling the world makes you appreciate home.
27 year old Brendan Scott Friel was born and raised in Windsor. The talented artist started playing guitar when he was 8 years old. With an older brother listening to classic rock artists like AC/DC, he was exposed early on to great rock legends, and feels that playing the guitar came naturally to him from the beginning. Very much a recurring theme amoung talented musicians it seems.
Brendan began taking music lessons and started off learning classical music. This seemed to lend him the fundamental tools right away. However, the love for rock music didn’t stop him from observing and learning from artists like Hendrix and punk/rock artists like the Sex pistols and Electric Lady Land.
Brendan started his first 2 piece band early on with a drummer friend and the rest is history! Having his debut in the high-school cafeteria, he got the performance high and felt his calling for music had arrived.
Brendan tried a variety activities outside of music like sports and novel writing, but it seemed nothing would stick. Very humble about it, Brendan feels very fortunate for realizing he is pursuing what he was meant to do, being a musician.
With that, Brendan takes being a musician to another level. Giving back to the community. He teaches privately and runs a music program at Montessori.
When Brendan is not performing or teaching music, he enjoys working out and loves to travel. In fact, Brendan has now released his debut album “Quiet Cars”, in which, he spent a month in Holland writing for the album.
Brendan’s songwriting has evolved over the years from writing what he thinks people want to hear to a more personalized approached. He tends to write in a very story-telling fashion and not necessarily with a big picture approach. He has a very focused approach to writing his album and arranging the right songs. Brendan’s finesse for song-writing is quite evident when listening to the album. He delivers the quiet moments with certainty and the soulful moments come reeling through giving you the ‘feels’. Brendan definitely knows how to send a message with his performance, something that doesn’t always come that easy for artists.
If you like Ed Sheeran and The Lumineers, you will definitely like Brendan Scott Friel’s album “Quiet Cars” as there are similarities, however, Brendan’s artistry and uniqueness shines through providing Brendan his own platform to stand on.
If you haven’t heard the album, it’s a definite must to have a listen to. You can find it on Itunes https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/quiet-cars/id1206176776?app=music&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 and Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/5vNnd22Abu2VEsMZFdbRYQ and other streaming platforms.
To learn more about Brendan, you can visit his website http://brendanscottfriel.ca/ and his facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/brendanscottfriel and https://www.facebook.com/brendan.friel.54.
Brendan Scott Friel is most certainly an artist to watch!