Read Brodie’ amazing personal story below, from pain in his life to a collapse that changed the course of his life. In his pursuit of happiness to follow his dreams along the way he has released a sweet as single written after his nephew was born. ‘Phoenix James’. With a promise of more to come, keep an eye out for his next tune to be released! Music Injection Aus
Due to personal reasons, I’ve had a pretty tough seven or eight years. As a result, I haven’t been able to release any music to the world since 2010.
It seems it caught up to me at Tokyo’s Narita airport in November of 2016; I collapsed. My darling wife spent the next 24 hours carrying me onto planes, doing everything in her power just to get me home.
For the past five years, I’ve run a business in the building industry, something I started to give me the time and funds to push my many creative projects, but ultimately, it was doing nothing but making me deeply unhappy.
The first day back in Australia I decided to dedicate everything towards my creative projects; the next morning we closed my business. It’s been the most freeing and liberating decision I’ve ever made.
It’s still been a tough year – a year filled with doctors and specialists as well as devastating lows yet incredible highs. It’s been the most important year of my life to date.
In February, I received second place in a competition run by one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals with over 16,000 entries and a judging panel comprised of Oscar winners.
I submitted my screenplay ‘If You’re Watching This, I’m Already Dead,’ a sort of mockumentary/musical about a predominantly housebound musician. The screenplay was heavily influenced by my own experiences as a performer suffering from a debilitating anxiety disorder.
The second prize was fantastic – some much-needed expensive equipment – but I was left heartbroken from coming so close to receiving the first prize of $175,000 in film funding.
After a few weeks of moping around, I quickly became more inspired than ever. For the first time in my life, I started to believe that maybe I do have something interesting to say, and maybe there are others out there who would also be interested.
With music being my first true love, and my film being musically driven, I decided to start working on its most important aspect… the songs.
Honestly… I thought I gave up on music a long time ago, but six months passed by before I realized that the film seemed to be shelved for the time being as every day in those six months was spent creating music. I’d fallen in love with it all over again.
I still have a long crowdfunding campaign for the film running through 2018.
My childhood dream of being a famous musician doesn’t really appeal to me these days, but I do still dream of becoming a successful storyteller.
Whether it’s writing pop songs, writing music for film or television, working with other musicians, writing film, making film, or just continuing my work in graphic novels, to me, it’s all the same thing… storytelling.
I feel my new project ‘Brodie Trent’ is a great first step in the right direction.
You can check out my debut single ‘Phoenix James’ through the Facebook page; I really hope you enjoy it. I personally played, recorded, and mixed every sound in my own studio.
I was also fortunate to work with the legendary Mr. Greg Calbi on this track at the famous Sterling Sound in New York. Greg is predominantly known for being one of the world’s best mastering engineers. He has worked on records from The Beatles & John Lennon, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, The Ramones, Eric Clapton, The Strokes, Bon Iver, Foster The People, Arcade Fire, John Mayer, Tame Impala, and hundreds more.
Greg agreed to do a Stem Master for me (which is basically a mini mix of a track and then a standard master on top) which is something he normally doesn’t want to do, but he wanted to help me repair my crappy first-ever mix attempt haha.
The whole thing was an amazing learning experience, and it was a pleasure to have my sounds pass through some of the same incredible vintage gear as that of some of the greats.
It’s just a fun little tune to get the ball rolling; there’s so much more to come.
I’m also working with Francois Tetaz at the end of the year in L.A.
Francois won a Grammy for record of the year for his work on ‘Gotye’s’ ‘Making Mirrors.’ He’s been THE person I’ve wanted to work with for a long time now.
It’s a very exciting time. I’m honestly the happiest I think I’ve ever been.
I can’t believe I’m finally back doing things I love again; I often wondered if the day would ever come.
I was so paranoid that it was never going to happen. Once some music was finished, I made sure to leave copies and upload instructions with friends and family. I did this because I was sure that with the luck I have, I was bound to be hit by a car or struck by lightning before the release date arrived, and if that occurred, at least my work could live on.