Celebrating the rewarding emotions in vulnerability, Bruno Major is destined to find beauty in the madness. Designed by delicacy, the singer songwriter approaches his heartbreak with a therapeutic delivery that is just right. With a song for every mood, Bruno Major is involved in the creation of developing songs for life’s most intimate moments. As a songwriter, Major is secured with his emotions, and is comfortable with sharing it with the entire world.
The London based singer-songwriter took the world by storm with his out-of-the-ordinary strategy to release his debut album. Releasing one song for every moon meant one song a month which translated into A Song for Every Moon, the collection of tracks that allowed listeners to get a glimpse into the rollercoaster ride that is Bruno Major’s life. As apparent as it was on the project, he creates an atmosphere that is so incredibly melancholic; a beautiful ballad for every chapter of the year.
Three years later, and just like that, Bruno Major is back with his sophomore effort, To Let A Good Thing Die. For a second time around, Bruno remains as pure and personal as ever, but much more complex as he faces the pressures and confronts the difficulties of human nature. Crafting timeless poetic tales that reflect on intimacy in all of its most beautiful yet twisted moments. Bruno creates a personal connection with the listener, as each track is composed as a confessional that is needed for this time of need.
Gearing up to release the album in June, I caught up with Bruno Major, for a straight to the point interview about the album.
Obviously the first question that seems appropriate to ask is how is this quarantine treating you?
I’m back at my parents’ house in London, but it’s obviously a difficult time. I had to cancel a tour and I’m in the middle of doing promo for my new album. But I’m very lucky, I’m with family, I’m with the people that I love and I’m still able to work on music.
Are you finding inspiration with all of this ongoing madness?
I’ve written a song that I’m really proud of. It’s nice though, I’ve just been trying to get my album finished and everything that comes with it.
Due to this ongoing pandemic, a lot of artists such as Sam Smith and Lady Gaga have postponed their album releases. As an independent artist, did that ever cross your mind to do the same?
No, I didn’t really think about that. Since I’m an independent artist, I’m not backed by a major label, it’s just me and management. In these times, people need new music, people need something to help them get through. And I think this album is something people need. It’s the right music.
Finally, onto the album...To Let A Good Thing Die is a pretty intriguing album title, what was the concept behind it?
There’s a song on the album that shares the same name, it’s the title track, so I felt that it was a fitting name after I wrote that track. It feels like the end of a journey, it’s like a rainbow arch, it feels like a closing chapter. I was going through a relationship that inspired the album, the creation of it and the end of it. And even though it ended, we still have love for one another. It sorts of feels like a full circle moment.
This is your first album in nearly 3 years, and the last time you released a song every month. How did you approach the album this time around?
The big difference is that I didn’t really have nothing else to do. I didn’t have another job. I didn’t have any fans. Nobody was waiting for me to release something. But now, I’ve been touring while making it. I have fans now; I have a song for every mood. It’s different. It was a much more difficult process. I’m really proud of it.
On your last album you released one song every month, this time you went with a full body collection. From your perspective, what are the most notable differences?
It’s more moving on bigger subjects like existence itself for example. The album title is about moving nature, it’s an overall concept on the journey of life. It’s deeper. It’s more of an understanding on life. Also, I had a bit of a budget, I had studio time, I was able to record hi-fi.
I read that you cried a lot during the process of this album. How would you say that it translated into the songwriting?
If you write a sad song and if it doesn’t make you cry than it isn’t good. It has to be pure; it has to be vulnerable.
You’ve said that Easily was pretty tough for you to record, what was the most challenging song on this album for you to record?
Oh, for sure Tapestry. I had to record it at least five times. A fully pledged song. Everything in my life was sort of happening all at once and then I just wrote this song about it all.
How challenging was it for you to be confident with your vulnerability and sharing it with the world? Was it something you had to adapt to?
You have to capitalize on your emotions. To make what you create sound believable you have to use your own experiences. As a songwriter you have to connect with the listener, with that you have to create art that will help whoever needs it. It’s the responsibility of the artist to be open.
What was your main goal with creating the album? What do you hope listeners takeaway after a full listen?
I hope that when people hear it, it helps them. I hope it helps them to communicate with another person. With this album it creates an honest connection with emotions. I hope it helps to relax, it’s music that the people need.
One last question...As a songwriter, is there any song by any artist in any genre that you’ve heard and wished you’ve written?
Oh, there’s a ton of them:
Still Crazy After All These Years, Paul Simon
Song Within A Song, Camel
A Case Of You, Joni Mitchell
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right, Bob Dylan
Bruno Major's new album, To Let A Good Thing Die is out on June 5th.