Bri Tolani Releases "Hazy" Video
AFTER 70 MILLION CUMULATIVE STREAMS BRI TOLANI SHARES FIRST SOLO ORIGINAL SINGLE + MUSIC VIDEO "HAZY"
After 70 million-plus combined views and streams and the endorsement of everyone from Earmilk to Magnetic Magazine, Colorado-born singer, songwriter, and producer Bri Tolani releases her first original single entitled “Hazy” today via Creative Messaging House and distributed by STEM.
She has debuted a riveting and timely mental health-centric music video where she performs to a support group. The visual unfolds with the narrative of a short film and draws on powerful and, at times, chilling statements from the group members as they open up about their own anxieties or “Thunderstorms.”
Bri notably wrote, produced, engineered, and recorded the track herself. It hinges on fluttery guitar riffs and a nostalgia-inducing melody paired with angelic vocals. This stark contrast of a beautiful melody and bold lyrics culminates on a hypnotic that’s hook impossible to shake: “Everything is just so damn hazy.“
As part of the rollout, she launches the #MyThunderstorm campaign on November 25. Fans from around the world recorded videos detailing their own “Thunderstorm,” and she edited them into one powerful clip, sharing real mental health stories from real people.
Ignite had the pleasure of having Bri answer a few of our questions we had for her below.
Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
I am a one-woman band, but I have been releasing music for about three years now. I started in my dorm room at college just uploading covers to Soundcloud. Shortly after, I started writing my own music and collaborating with other producers and DJ’s from around the world.
What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
Honestly, I have been singing for as long as I can remember. My parents told me I was singing before I could talk. In college, I started to take it seriously and fell deeply in love with songwriting. Since then, I have not fallen out of love with the feeling of creating a song and sharing it with the world. It’s what gets me out of bed every morning.
So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
I just released my debut original single called “Hazy”. It’s very exciting for me because it marks my transition from an EDM topliner to a solo pop artist. It is about my struggles with anxiety, and I think a lot of people can relate to it. It’s also the first song I produced, so I’m really excited about that too. There’s also a music video that comes along with the song, which is depicting a support group for people that struggle with mental health issues. It’s really cool too.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
That’s a really tough question. If I never got into music, I would probably have no idea who I was. I know that sounds cheesy, but music is such a fundamental part of me as an individual. I honestly can’t imagine my life without it. I would definitely be working in some other aspect of the music industry if I wasn’t a musician myself though.
What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
No lie. One time, a fan asked me to send a picture of my feet in return for $200. That was probably the weirdest question I’ve ever been asked. I was tempted to do it, but I didn’t because I thought that would be pretty weird [Laughs].
If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
I would want them to remember me for being a genuine down-to-earth person. I feel like as you get more successful, it’s very easy to get lost in the game and get a big head. But a promise I made to myself when I started gaining success is to always stay the same person and always stay humble and treat everyone else like I would want to be treated. I am no better than my fans. Just because I make music does not make me superior. We are all human beings.
On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
I love this question [Laughs]. To be honest, this is my first single, so I would say 2593?! Since there’s nothing to compare it to [Laughs]. Honestly, I am really proud of the song. I think it’s really good. I’m really happy with how it came out.
What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
Definitely “Hazy.” The songs I released before “Hazy” were electronic collaborations; they’re essentially all feature spots on another artist’s song. While I wrote all of them, they didn’t come from the heart in the same way a solo song does as I was augmenting and adapting to another artist’s vision. I want to be respectful of that artist first! I love all of those songs, but they paved the way for this. “Hazy” is the first song that was truly an emotional release, since it came from intense emotions I was having. In my opinion, that makes the best music. To me, the collaborations I did in the past didn’t reflect the depth and meaning of my solo vision.
Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, how would you achieve that?
Absolutely. I think I have a long way to go. One of the biggest things I need to work on is piano and guitar. Right now, I would call my theory average, but if I want to perform live at big venue someday, I need to get much better at that. I also think I can diversify my songwriting and explore other genres.
If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
I would tell them that before I pursued music, I was a very competitive soccer player. Soccer was my passion for 10 years of my life. I thought it was going to be my career. It’s just crazy how much people can change. Now I look back and can’t imagine a life without music.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
I would be blue 100%. It’s my favorite color is the color of my eyes. I would say it’s the color of my songwriting. I tend to write sad melancholy lyrics, so I would definitely be a blue crayon.
Who are you inspired by?
I am inspired by Lauv and Halsey. They are my favorite artists.
What’s an average day like for you?
An average day would consist of waking up, playing some Fortnite, going to the gym, and then coming home and writing music. I try to write music every week just to keep myself in the game. I also spedt a lot of time talking to fans over Instagram, which I love doing more than anything.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans
The main way I interact with fans is through Instagram. I get a lot of DM’s from fans all around the world. I honestly probably spend four hours a day responding to them. Because in my opinion, they deserve that kind of time. They are the people playing my music and showing their friends and making me bigger as an artist. So I try to DM them as much as I can and ask them about their lives and their world.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Oh my God, yes! I already have anxiety, so it makes it ten times worse. I have such bad stage fright. I remember I was performing at EDC, and I literally was telling my manager that I couldn’t do it. My heart was racing so fast, and I only had to sing a couple songs. That is something I’m really trying to work on/
Tell me about your favorite performance venues
Right now, the bar is really low, because I have not performed live a lot. One place I think I would love to perform at some day is The Palladium in Hollywood. I think it’s so beautiful in there. Obviously, my dream goal is to perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, because I’m from Colorado. That venue is hands-down prettier than any other venue I’ve seen in my life.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
My advice would be to network as much as possible. The way I started gaining success was by talking to random producers and DJs from around the world and releasing music. If I never reached out to them, I don’t know where I’d be today, it’s all about getting to know other people and getting your name out there.
More about BRI TOLANI:
Bri Tolani pulls harmony out of emotional extremes. Within a year, the Denver-born and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist quietly generated 30 million total streams and 40 million views and received acclaim from Earmilk, Dancing Astronaut, Magnetic Magazine, and YourEDM who described her as “sure to be stuck in your head.“
Inspired by everyone from Linkin Park to Taylor Swift, Bri Tolani wrote songs to memorize her homework throughout middle school before penning a proper tune in the aftermath of a freshman year heartbreak. While attending the prestigious Bandier Program at Syracuse University, she lent her voice to a string of popular collaborations. “Better” [feat. Bri Tolani] by AJ Salvatore & Fluencee landed in the Top 25 of the Spotify US Viral Charts and Global Viral Charts. Meanwhile, her voice-powered “Why Do I?” [10 million Spotify streams] with Unknown Brain, “Because of You” [6 million Spotify streams] with Steve Void and Big Z, and “Words” [2 million Spotify streams] with Steve Void and BEAUZ, to name a few.
However, the single “Hazy” uncovers the heart of her singular style as she details experiences with dissociation and mental health struggles within the framework of guitar-driven alternative pop.
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