We had the good fortune of connecting with Kruz Bramlett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kruz, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Doing music for basically my whole life. So I’m way past my 10,000 hours. It’s the one thing in life that I have expertise in that I also love doing. So why would I give up?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I guess one thing that sets us apart is how diverse our genres are. I listen to a LOT of different kinds of music, and although I try to focus on keeping our songs within a contemarapry structure, and try to keep them commercially viable, I just really hate to do the same thing twice, so we move around a lot as far as genre goes. I was raised on a lot of classic rock, and then I had kind of an EDM phase when I was 14, and then got really into more alt stuff, and that pattern of change just continues. I kind of don’t like the idea of a “genre” honestly, trying to classify everything just feels stifling to me, I’m really excited about some of the newer projects we’ve been working on over the course of 2020. The events of this year have really effected the music industry in a lot of ways, most of them bad, but the lack of opportunity for live shows has sort of given me the time to just focus on writing and recording in my home studio. Sometimes when you’re always preparing for the next gig, and just running your current material over and over, it can be really difficult to sit down and write something new, or try out a new direction.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Man, first thing that comes to mind is Deep Ellum. Within Dallas, its pretty much the most packed area in terms of culture, iconic local restarautns, and definitely the local music scene. That was where I got most of my beginning experience playing live shows with the band. We were at places like the Curtain Club and the Prophet Bar all the time, and then we’d often head to Serious Pizza afterwards for a late dinner. Deep Ellum is the kind of place you can just spend several days walking around, and see one interesting store or restraunt after another. There’s also beautifully painted street murals on many of the buildings. The only thing you have to worry about is finding parking.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are really too many different people to thank, but I think if I had to choose, I’d wanna thank my band mates most of all. It’s a lot of work to make it to all the rehearsals and gigs that we have, even more so when you’re trying to balance a personal life and work or school schedule, but everyone shows up ready to work. Blake Savoia is our guitarist, and just a generally chill guy to be around, really easy to talk to. Max is our bassist, and has a great sense of humor. Sierra is my sister, and is just one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. I’ve been given the option to try and pursue a solo career several times, but I really prefer the idea of a band because of the teamwork element involved in it, and also just the social aspect. We all work together, but these guys are my friends, and really what I want to thank them for most is just being such good friends at the end of the day.