We are coming together with our friend Sean Bradford to celebrate his release of"Fight for Your Light PT. II"and theFFYL Playlist. At a time of uncertainty, we want to bring joy into the holiday season, and this is the collaboration to do it.
GLAM4GOOD will receive 20% of the net proceeds from every BOY MEETS GIRL® x "Fight for Your Light" sale. Read more from our interview with Sean below [and check out our BOY MEETS GIRL® Backstage Series with him as well, rocking our collaboration with the Atlanta Hawks]:
In the midst of a global pandemic, how have you managed to pivot & stay creative?
"I had been preparing to launch a new artist brand, so was already in the middle of a pivot when the pandemic began. We had the first experience planned for April, but that was, of course, canceled. Unfortunately, the venue has now closed permanently due to the economic effects of the pandemic. When COVID-19 started in the U.S., I was in NYC auditioning for the first time in almost a decade. There was a lot of renewed creativity and love for the theatre that carried into the first lockdown. But it didn’t last long, to be honest. I also felt suffocated by the events that followed in the spring and summer. Those events I channeled into an EP project that came in June. I’m back in Europe now (about six years ago, I moved to Berlin). In the fall, it was nice to get fresh air and go on long bike rides. The change of lifestyle helped to bring some clarity, which brought new creativity. Also, long virtual catch-ups with friends around the world helped remind me of the strong community and relationships I have and for which I am incredibly thankful. The most significant change is that I got a job as a content, technical, and social media writer because it was clear that the arts would be on hold for some time and that the entire landscape will be different when they return. I was lucky to whip out my university degree at a time like this, but the arts are hurting everywhere in the world—the venues, the artists, the musicians, the designers, the crews. At a time when people are rapidly consuming art (streaming movies, music, watching content creators), many creators and those behind the camera are struggling to find support. A lot is going on, so it makes sense that the Arts aren’t the first point on the list, but with so much talk about saving the economy and not acknowledging how important the Arts are and how much they drive income in other industries seems a bit strange."
Stacy to Sean: Isn’t it so crazy one of the last times we worked together was for BOY MEETS GIRL® Backstage? Hopefully, we will be back at it in crowded bars and venues soon, enjoying being around people and music. How are you coping with no shows? Are you doing virtual events, anything to promote?
"That was such a great gig! I love playing downtown in New York - the energy is always just electric. And that collab was great, Sophie Elgort took great pictures, and I still love getting creative with you. At the very beginning, I tried a few virtual events to help raise money for frontline workers and medical personnel. But I’m now taking this time to work on larger projects and prepare for the future. I have a remote job, which is the biggest change, but it’s nice to have this pause in a way. Before, I was running around with no team, no label, no booking agent, trying to promote myself, build a brand, make music, get people to stream or playlist my songs, and convince people to let me play at their venue or event. I was DJing 3-4 times a week, taking the night bus across Germany to have a studio session, flying back and forth between Europe and NYC, for gigs and meetings. For all the wins, like playing at Ministry of Sound, I was actually burning myself out just trying to keep up. Now, because that kind of schedule isn’t even possible, I can reflect on how to get prepared for the future and hopefully build out a team and systems that will allow me to connect better with people who love my music in the future. So right now, lots of new music is being prepared, lots of collabs. Stave and I collaborated on a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, which comes on November 27th. Also, have a collab with Scottish DJ/Producer Griff, coming on December 11th, which is on the label Too Many Rules. But mostly planning for 202_. I’m a creative type though, and will remain committed to the Arts for my entire life. When this over, I’ll be ready with the next idea. Creators gonna create."
Stacy to Sean: Tell us about FFYL and why the message is so important?
"Fight for your Light means just that. We often stand in our own way. The world can also get dark and try to tell us who we have to be instead of who we are. Now more than ever, it’s important to lean into happiness, to lean in joy. But it’s hard - you have to actively fight for happiness. The song initially was about mental health and how I had to overcome growing up in an environment where my self-esteem and confidence were constantly challenged. I wanted to give people something they could put on and instantly feel happy and re-energized. Especially during the winter months, a little extra joy goes a long way. The song is important to me also because of how it came about. I wrote an original version for the EP but had always wanted to reach out to one of my musical inspirations to be a part. Shoshana Bean really has one of those once in a generation voices, and I used to listen to her in my childhood bedroom, in awe of her talents and vocal choices. I heard her singing this song in my head and reached out because we’ve become friends by the luck of Broadway. The fact that she said yes in the middle of the pandemic and with a schedule like hers was just unreal. The production for the new version of the song came because Stave was following me on Instagram, and I saw one of his early piano covers. I originally asked him to make a little cover version, but it was so good I knew it needed to be a song. We collaborated in three different cities, all recording, producing, and mixing at home during the lockdown. It’s one of my proudest music moments, mainly because the message and the production feels timeless."
Dylan to Sean: I listen to a lot of different music that mommy plays! If you could make the perfect playlist, what would it be?
"Hey Dylan! Ok, so a perfect playlist is hard because my musical tastes are all over the place. Some days I want dance music, some days I prefer classical. But I do have the perfect Fight For Your Light playlist."