Busking, Sweat, and Rock and Roll!

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I can’t remember wanting to be anything else that made sense. It was always music for me. My axe wielding brother was my idol and from the age of twelve; playing my tennis racket and blasting out Bon Jovi’s ‘Slippery when Wet,’ I was sure to follow in his footsteps. I even put a band together and won the ‘New Faces’ competition at school. The four of us were dressed ridiculously; the song was corny and we even threw monopoly money at the judges as part of the act! It obviously worked.

I often wonder how life may have turned out if I didn’t lose my bottle and go down the ‘sensible career’ path. However, aged 23 I walked off that university stage; scroll in hand and determined to only be a teacher ‘until I was famous’…I’m still waiting. I’m still determined.

Fast forward 8 years and after many venues closing and lack of a good rock audience, I decided to move to Glasgow from Dundee. I had some moderate success there and recorded my first album with two great musicians, but I still couldn’t really get up that ‘next step’ of the ladder that I needed to be on. It was only after a death in the family and moving back to Dundee, that I finally met up with a bunch of like minded musicians who wanted to go as far as I did. Now I don’t know if you find this, but as you get older, people look at you like you have 3 heads if you still want to play original music. And I always felt as if I was against the clock. Everyone was telling me I wasn’t 25 any more and I should settle down and ‘quit this music nonsense’. I also found that ‘older’ musicians were more mercenary. They weren’t interested unless the green stuff was readily available!

Bravado was eventually ‘born’ four years ago and I can honestly say I’ve never been in such a fun, hard working band. In that time, we have completed a great music video, E.P, and recently an album. It truly is the best music that I have ever written. The album has sold well, but mostly through the personal touch- at gigs and in B.Y’s (the drummer’s) tunnel where he busks. I think he may have sold 50 albums so far. I’m not sure he does much busking đŸ™‚

We have also had so many great gigs and memorable gigs including one in our home town. On this particular evening, a stag night was out and getting rather rowdy. The ‘groom’ kept trying to chat up our lead singer ‘Pamela’ and dance suggestively (drunkenly) in front of her. When that didn’t work, he decided to strip off his sweaty t shirt and swing it around. He let go and it landed on her face! (She still managed to sing!) As we tidied up at the end of the night we found 3 sweaty rolled up £50 notes. The t shirt obviously had a pocket in it, and we obviously had a few drinks- on him.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, none of this would be possible if people didn’t get behind us. Yes there are younger bands, always will be, but I truly believe we have a unique album and sound. I’ll sign off by saying thanks to you personally, thank you for taking the time to check our music out. It means a lot to all of us.

If you’d like to check out the latest EP click here
Paula, and Bravado x

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