What is your name?
Brad LeRiche


What is your genre of music?
Indie folk pop


Give us a little bio about you.
Born and raised in a small town called Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland, Canada. I was an odd kid. Very shy. Started early, I had a guitar since I was 1 year old. Spent most of my youth alone in a room playing guitar. Started learning songs and playing guitar in bands around 13. After high school, I studied music industry/performance and recording arts in college. It was in this time I expanded my musical horizons and traded in my electric for an acoustic and really started to take singing and writing seriously. I moved to the capital of Newfoundland, St. John’s where I still live today.


Are you a signed?
Yes . I’m with Big Story Entertainment in Canada


You are releasing new single ‘Under Covers’, what the story behind the track?
Now that track is available, I look back on how the track came to be and remember the first huge fight I had with my girlfriend. I acknowledged that it could make or break us. I wrote the song and played it for her, unsure if she would kiss me or kill me. She kissed me.


Describe the track in three words.
Trouble. Love. Redemption.


How long did it take to write?
Approximately 2 days

What was the writing process like?
It started with a guitar part, as it often does, and the words just sort of fell out. Some take years, some just fall out.


What was the production like on the single?
Very interesting actually, as it was the first time working so closely with a producer. I had the pleasure to work with Colin Munroe on this track. I find him to be very organic in his process. We would add one piece to the puzzle at a time, making decisions as we went. We exercised many ideas that at first seemed maybe like a long shot. I also played bass on the track which was particularly fun for me as I don’t often play bass in the studio. It was a blast!


You also have a record coming soon ‘X-Dreamer’ what can we expect from that?
Songs that will hopefully take you places and paint a colourful picture. Love, love lost, hopes and fears, desires and memories. Catchy melodies hugged in rich harmony. Thick sounds and honest lyrics.


Describe each track in two words.
Dreamer – cloud sailing
Nomadic heart – troubled traveler
Under covers – love redemption
Come around – love struck
River runs – heavy nostalgia
Roam – sky scraper


Do you have any collaborations with any other artists or bands coming up on the EP?
I’m very thankful to have many talented musicians play on the record. Special mention to Nathan Ferraro, with whom I co-wrote “River Runs” and also co-produced and sang on the track.


You have The Great Escape Fest coming up, how did that come about?
Well it began with a relationship with Fierce Panda Records in the UK who invited me over to showcase the new material. I never turn down a jam 😉


Do you have anything up your sleeve you can tell us?
Only that this is just the beginning.


How can fans buy tickets? or come and find me!


Do you have any gigs coming up or maybe a tour of your own?
Working towards a tour to support the EP for the fall.


If so where will you be heading?
Where ever I can go!


Where is your dream venue to play in the U.K.?
02 arena


Where is your dream venue to play anywhere overseas?
Slane Castle


Do you have any collaborations with any other artists in the planning?
No one in particular, but my door is always open. But I would be thrilled to write a song with Affie from Bahamas. They are an unbelievable Canadian act the whole world should know about.


What made you go in to music?
It was never a real choice. Its just what I knew I was meant to do.


Do you play any instruments?
Guitar, bass, drums, piano (poorly), trumpet


Who are your influences?
This is a hard one for me because if I had a good memory I’d list every song I’ve ever heard. But I was into heavy metal and rap at a very young age. I got more and more into acts like John Mayer and Jason Mraz, as well as Red Hot Chilli Peppers and the Beatles the more I got into singing and writing. Over time I got into jazz and classical, country and blues, R&B, you name it. I just love music. Of all walks, shapes and sizes.


How do you get inspiration to write songs?
I like to imagine as many perspectives as I can. Listen to words people say. I’m inspired to share my thoughts in a way that hopefully someone can relate to and get something from.


Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
World tour!


When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
If I’m not hanging with my amazing daughter or doing some music related thing, I must be skateboarding, cooking, doing yoga, enjoying the outdoors or asleep.


What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Off the top of my head… Sing For The Moment by Eminem


What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Eat Kraft Dinner, play a Kraft Dinner show


What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Be yourself. And be the best ‘you’ that you can be. Be honest when you create. Be brutally honest not only with your audience but with yourself. Keep pushing and never give up. It took me 12 years to get this interview.


What quote or saying do you always stick by?
The core of man’s spirit comes from new experience.


When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
1.The songs.
2.Why I’m there.
3.How lucky I am.
4. The 5 P’s (Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance) and
5. I can’t forget my guitars (I’m left handed).


You are away from home on tour for ages and you get back, where is your go-to place in your hometown?
The ocean.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Yes you can find me on twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Come say hi!

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