Emerging Artist- Eric Tully AKA Brightside
Eric Tully, better known as Brightside, is a 22 year old Trapadellic Mid-Tempo Bass Music Producer out of Queens, NY. He started dabbling with Albeton and Reason about 2 years ago and fell in love with producing his unique style of music. Brightside has been blowing up over the past few months opening for acts like Paul Basic and Govinda while getting himself on some festival line ups for this upcoming summer. His EP is in the works to drop soon and its one you don't want to miss. We got to ask him some interview questions and here are the results, check out the Brighter side!
BFS: What got you to start making music?
B: Music has always been a huge part of my life and I played a number of different instruments growing up. Eventually I started going to electronic shows and that is when I decided to finally take the leap into the digital production world.
BFS: What has motivated you to stick to music?
B: Music is the universal language. It has the ability to change the world and affect people on a spectrum of different emotional & spiritual levels, and that really excites me. The endless possibilities that come from collaborating with different artists, pushing the envelope, & creating different sounds is what has really gotten me to stick to music.
BFS: Who is your biggest inspiration?
B: My biggest inspiration has been Bassnectar for a very long time. Lorin's music and message has grown into this huge movement that brings like-minded individuals together from all over the world. I might not have made it this far if it wasn't for the support of all the amazing people that I've met on and off Bassnectar tour.
BFS: Who is your favorite performer?
B: hmm that's a tough decision. Recently I am really enjoying any producer that integrates live instruments or a live band into their performances ie: Shpongle, Emancipator, Above & Beyond, Tycho, the list goes on. I am really hoping to start working on some Brightside Live shows in the near future.
BFS: Any kind of special routine you do before you start a song or perform?
B: When I produce tracks there is no specific routine. I like to come at each project with a different approach. Sometimes a tune is inspired by a little drum loop or sample, and other times it seems like the tracks fall right into place. Before a performance I usually take a shot or two to ease my nerves, and I do some stretches. Jack Daniel's Honey has been treating me right thus far
BFS: Do you do anything silly while performing?
B: So far I've never performed a full show with my shoes on!. It makes me feel more at home and people seem to get a kick out of it
BFS: Were you ever in a band?
Haha yes I actually was in a band in my early teenage years playing drums. We called ourselves Deep Ocean Trench for god knows what reason… It was fun while it lasted but it never got past garage practices
BFS: How did you get your name?
B: Well to me Brightside is a way of viewing life. Its about having a hopeful & positive outlook on most things. A lot of people think I have my head in the clouds and am naive to all that is going on in the world, but I am actually very much awake. I just choose to not let it affect the way I go about my business, and to me that is the Brightside.
BFS: What shows/festivals have you played or are you scheduled to play?
B: Within the last year I've had the pleasure of playing shows with acts like iLL.Gates, Break Science, Govinda, Kaminanda, Paul Basic and many more!
I also have a pretty nice festival tour happening this summer! I’ll be playing at Summer Camp & Wakarusa (hopefully), Farm Fest, Great North, and a few others that have yet to be announced, so keep your eyes peeled.
BFS: Who are some people you would like to collaborate with?
B: Hmm realistically I would love to work with some up & coming artists like Skytree, Thriftworks, Plantrae, Russ liquid, Sugarpill, Gladkill and any and all members of TURKUAZ! Dream collabs would probably be Ott, Outkast, Tipper, Wu-tang, Opiuo, Emancipator...this list could go on forever. I am Currently working with a lot of underground hip hop artists & producers that have been gaining some momentum recently, including my brother Joe, aka Firejay.
BFS: Do you think you entered the scene at the right time?
B: I think now more than ever is a great time to be a part of this community because there is so much opportunity to reverse stereotypes and to help electronic music grow & evolve to its full potential. That's why I'm enjoying live instrumentals within electronic shows right now. The integration of multiple types of music and creating a fusion is what seems to have become unique to our generation. Electronic music is here to stay and I'm really looking forward to being a part of this huge movement that is pushing the boundaries and bringing all sorts of people together.
BFS: If you could give one piece of advice to someone looking to start making music what would it be?
B: Start as soon as possible and make any type of music your heart desires, even if it is not what is popular at the moment. Anyone is capable of putting out quality music if you work hard enough and aren't afraid of messing up. The mess ups are what will help you progress in the long run. Do it for the passion, and people will catch on to that.
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Written and Interviewed by Sydney Calian
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