David Brown: «I feel like my whole life is a wonderful dream»

If I have to describe this person in just several words, I would say – he reminds the mankind about the core values we are all tending to forget in a crazy bustle of our everyday life. David Brown (Brazzaville) is a truly fantastic musician, often being called «the last romantic of our century», which seems to be more than truth. Whether you feel happy or lonely, this music heals your soul with every single note…


A  few words about my last travels… It seems that I really never stop traveling. Luckily, I’m really fond of it. In the last 6 months I’ve been to Tokyo, Tbilisi, NY(twice), Nashville, Istanbul (twice), Ukraine, Holland, Belgium and Russia (numerous times) and now I’m writing from Los Angeles where I’m in the middle of a really fin family trip. I’m sure I’m forgetting some places in that list. The inside of an airplane is a place where I spend a pretty significant portion of my life. I find it to be very inspiring. I write a lot on planes and also come up with many ideas. I feel like I can think more intuitively when I’m so much closer to the heavens.


The best sunset and sunrise I’ve seen… The best sunrise I ever saw was from the roof of a building near downtown LA when I was 16 years old. I had run away a few days before and my best friend and I slept on that roof. It was a beautiful, early summer morning in Los Angeles, warm and a bit hazy. I looked out over the towers of downtown and the sea of palm trees and felt that the world was a place of infinite possibility just waiting to be explored.
The best sunset I ever saw was with my grandmother when I was in my early 20s. We used to drive down to the water’s edge in Victoria B.C. and watch as the light faded. The Olympic mountains were colored by the evening light and the sea in front of them was like a sheet of glass. The sky was a pale pinkish blue and made you want to dive into it and explode into a million tiny pieces that would be absorbed by a loving universe.


The most important thing I’ve understood while travelling… the most important thing I’ve understood while traveling is how similar people are. At their root, most people want exactly the same things….to love and be loved, to have a safe place to live and maybe raise a family, to spend some days by the sea or the mountains each year, to find something that inspires them etc etc.

Brazzaville performing “Star called Sun”

The best and the hardest parts of the tours are…the best parts of tours are getting to travel with your dear friends and getting to perform for people and meet new people. The worst part can be exhausting schedules where it’s very difficult to sleep enough.


The most irritating question from the journalists is…why the name is Brazzaville?

I don’t like social media, because… it’s totally addictive and it turns people into exhibitionists. And also, people portray a very stage managed version of their lives that makes others feel that their real lives are greatly inferior to what their seeing on their friends social media feeds.

Brazzaville performing “Rather stay home”

Have you ever felt like facing with personal or professional crisis? What are your ways to get out of it? Sure! I’ve been through many. I think the best way to get out of it is with contrary action and remembering that they always pass. By contrary action, I mean doing something instead of just sitting around and trying to think your way out of the problem. The action can be anything….swimming is one of my favorites, or doing the dishes, or taking a walk or best of all doing something for somebody else. That’s probably the quickest way to move through any kind of crises. When we are able to stop focusing on ourselves all the time, we become infinitely happier.


Nowadays huge number of people in the age of 25-35 just don’t know what to do in their life. No inspiring goals, no understanding of what they should do.  What would you recommend to everyone going through these feelings? The first thing I might suggest is making a gratitude list. Our crazy minds love to focus on what we don’t have or what we should be instead of noticing all the wonderful things. An example might be:  -There is not a war going on around me at the moment. –Both my legs AND my arms work perfectly! –I have plenty of food to eat. –I have some really nice friends. –There hasn’t been an asteroid strike or an earthquake or a volcano today! The list is usually endless and ends up making a person feel MUCH better. Also, I would say that we are living in unusually exciting times! What an incredible time to be 25-35. Technology is changing things really really quickly. When I was recording my first album, I had to rent a very expensive studio and could only afford two days for the entire recording and mixing process. Now you can do almost the whole thing on a laptop. People can start a small business and run it remotely from anywhere in the world. People of that age have opportunities their parents could only have dreamed of.

You call yourself a self-educated person. In your opinion, what are the advantages and disadvantages of modern music education? Can it somehow spoil a  talented musician? I couldn’t really say as I don’t have much experience with it. I think that, if somebody wants to play classical or jazz or learn how to score movies, a traditional music education would be very valuable. I’m not really sure that it could have any kind of a downside.


When I think about the most emotional concerts of these 20 years, I recollect…Seeing Caetano Veloso on a summer evening at the John Anson Ford Theater in the Hollywood Hills back in the early 2000s. Also, The Clash and the English Beat in Hollywood in the early 80s. Also, the band X and the Mau Maus back in the early 80s. It was the very first show I ever went to.

Brazzaville performing “Pillow from home”

Once you said you play for the people from around the world. Is there the place in the world where, you can say, your soul belongs to? If I had to choose, I would say Los Angeles. It’s the place that has been permanently imprinted on my psyche.


The things I regret…I try not to regret anything. We all do the best we can at any given moment. And I know that I had to take the exact road that I took in order to arrive at this moment. So I try not to judge myself too harshly. When I’m able to be gentle on myself, it’s easier to be the same way with others.

Now at my 50s, I still truly believe in…a higher power that loves us more than we could ever imagine.

Modern audience surprises me with…the fact that they still like to come and see me play.


To keep friendship alive for many years…don’t take it for granted.

The thing I would never do on the stage anymore….drink wine or jump up and down to the music.

Being a father…is the best thing I’ve ever done.

In 10 years I will probably advise my kids…to do what they love and to not make decisions based on fear.

My current dreams are…I feel like my whole life is a wonderful dream.

Photos: Brazzaville’ official Facebook page 

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