Getting Bullied, Eating Dirt & Signing Record Deals

We Are Elevate Everyday I am grateful I was pushed into lockers, bullied, and choked out in the halls of New Berlin West High School...because there is nothing worse than peaking in high school.

Arriving back home after three years of incessant touring and some 500 shows across North America, Europe and South Africa, I feel I’ve finally acquired a “license to chill”, a reason to lounge against the machine.

When music became my only source of income 3 years ago, I knew I'd have to take matters into my own hands. I didn’t have much for contacts, resources or marketing dollars, so inevitably it’d be D.I.Y. to the core. I booked my own shows, played for $41, and slept in pube-infested rat holes to save money on lodging. My morale consistently got crushed. I even remember crying once while driving alone across Kansas after playing three shows in a row to a total of 31 people and making $97. “What the hell am I doing with my life, I should just go back to work at McDonalds.“

But the highs always follow the lows, and the tiny speckles of glory in the buckets o' shit were enough to keep me motivated. After two years of pushing thru the gauntlet, attendance was rising. I signed two small but sturdy record deals, and was selling enough records to quit all other odd jobs. I no longer had to sleep in pube-infested rat holes, or if I did, there were far less pubes.

For all the small indie bands out there grinding it out, I feel your pain, and I salute you. You keep me motivated and also make me feel like less of a weirdo. ☺ I think it’s important we have a sense of humor about this path/industry. At the end of the day, the game is fairly stupid. Us bands must ignore the “popularity contest” side of the industry and just write quality, short, hooky songs that cater to attention spans in 2015. No one is going to give you a record deal in year 1 unless you’re a rare super-prodigy or have bags of money. Cut your teeth. It’s rewarding to start from the sewers and work up because everything feels like a bonus. For every handful of dirt you eat, there’s a worm that tastes like chicken.

The workload is infinite, and today it’s an honor and joy to sign with ELEVATE RECORDS (Rotterdam, NL). They’ll be handling label and booking duties in Benelux & Scandinavia. I will be traveling with the label to Future Music Forum in Barcelona and Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg this September to shake hands and administer hand jobs to industry executives.

Thank you for any support you’ve given, it boosts morale more than you’d know.



In Between Exits Tour Announced.

The In Between Exits Tour starts in just a few weeks. I'll be driving the mini van into the ground across the USA and then proceeding to several shows in South Africa. In Between Exits was recorded across Asia in little makeshift studios in Vietnam, Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand and the spaces in between. It's a stripped-down album that gets to the nitty gritty of what I do. Just so you know, I'm psyched out of my mind to play these songs for you. :) Cheers to life in limbo. -Brett InBetweenExitsTourPoster_small



Jul 31 Malarkey's  Wausau, WI
  Aug 01 Leach Amphitheater (In Between Exits Tour)

Oshkosh, WI
  Aug 02 Music Without Boundaries (In Between Exits Tour) Manitowoc, WI
  Aug 02 Revolutions (In Between Exits Tour) Manitowoc, WI
  Aug 03 Paradigm Coffee (In Between Exits Tour) Sheboygan, WI
  Aug 08 House Show (In Between Exits Tour)

Milwaukee, WI
  Aug 09 Cafe Carpe (In Between Exits Tour)

Fort Atkinson, WI
  Aug 10 ELB (In Between Exits Tour)

Rockford, IL
  Aug 11 Rozz Tox (In Between Exits Tour)

Rock Island, IL
  Aug 12 House Show (In Between Exits Tour)

Kalamazoo, MI
  Aug 13 TBA (In Between Exits Tour)

Grand Rapids, MI
  Aug 14 Hamilton St Pub (In Between Exits Tour)

Saginaw, MI
  Aug 16 The Pool (In Between Exits Tour)

South Bend, IN
  Aug 17 The Firehouse (In Between Exits Tour)

North Manchester, IN
  Aug 18 House Show (In Between Exits Tour)

Bloomington, IN
  Aug 19 The Drinkery (In Between Exits Tour) Cincinnati, OH
  Aug 20 Blue Recipe Radio (In Between Exits Tour) Columbus, OH
  Aug 21 Summer Concert Series (In Between Exits Tour) Barberton, OH
  Aug 22 Mahal's (In Between Exits Tour) Lakewood, CO
  Aug 23 TBA (In Between Exits Tour) Pittsburgh, PA
  Aug 24 Blind Bobs (In Between Exits Tour) Dayton, OH
  Aug 26 House Show (In Between Exits Tour) Indianapolis, IN
  Aug 27 House Show (In Between Exits Tour) Champaign, IL
  Aug 28 TBA (In Between Exits Tour) St Louis, MO
  Aug 30 The Bridge (In Between Exits Tour) Columbia, MO
  Aug 31 TBA (In Between Exits Tour) Iowa City, IA
  Sep 02 House Show (In Between Exits Tour) Ames, IA
  Sep 20 White Mountain Festival Estcourt, South Africa
  Sep 21 White Mountain Festival Estcourt, South Africa
  Sep 22 White Mountain Festival Estcourt, South Africa
  Sep 23 White Mountain Festival Estcourt, South Africa
  Sep 25 Johannesburg Johannesburg, South Africa
  Sep 26 Johannesburg Johannesburg, South Africa
  Sep 27 Pretoria Pretoria, South Africa
  Oct 02 Durban Durban, South Africa
  Oct 03 Durban Durban, South Africa
  Oct 07 Barleycorn Folk Club Cape Town, South Africa
  Oct 08 The Waiting Room Cape Town, South Africa
  Oct 09 Union Cape Town, South Africa
  Oct 10 Jackal & Hyde Cape Town, South Africa
  Oct 11 Alma Cafe

Rosebank, South Africa
  Oct 12 Mercury Live

Zonnebloem, South Africa