Hi BriGuel, how has lockdown been treating you? How have you been staying creative?
BriGuel: Lockdown. Somehow lockdown has felt like both a much needed shake up and simultaneously a deep breath, a global pause. Of course there've been inconveniences and challenges (like not being able to commune with family and friends, projects and work that was disrupted, and even the fact that family couldn't hold our now 6-month-old daughter), but somehow lockdown has been enlightening and expansive. Although, let us also say, we are very lucky: last Summer we left Brooklyn for the Woods (we live 11 miles north of Manhattan literally neighbouring 500 acres of state park). AND we are always together and work from home ordinarily. SO our World wasn't as disrupted as many others. Also, due to lockdown, we couldn't work in-person with our Producer Matt Chiaravalle, so we had to step up our game: we're now hands-on Producing our music and then we share it with Matt for the final magic touches. Currently, we're working on a new Album, we're nearly done with a music video for our song "Different View" off our EP, we're developing a series based on our Film "The Difference," and we're busy with a few client-projects.
Brianne and Miguel how did you first come together and decide you wanted to make music together?
Brianne: When we first met, it was instant chemistry from the get-go. Miguel hired me to produce a short film he was Directing and the synergy between us, both professionally and personally, was undeniable. Miguel was also working on an Album at the time.
Miguel: When I heard Brianne's voice, I immediately knew I wanted to make music with her, and I asked her to be part of the album. We haven't stopped since.
Brianne: That's how BriGuel was born. We haven't left each other's side creatively, professionally or personally. It’s beyond awesome.
What genre would you describe your music as?
Brianne: For us, its a fusion of different genres. Every song depends on the current mood, the melodies that come through, the moment... Basically each song is inspired by a different time, place, space.
Miguel: We make the music we want to hear and we love a variety of styles and genres.
Brianne: Yeah, we're influenced by Pop, Electro-Pop, R&B, Motown, EDM, Dance.
Miguel: And of course hip-hop and rap. At the end of the day, Brianne sings and I rap, so that's always the foundation, but these other genres certainly are part of the music, too.
Congratulations on your EP - how does it feel to be releasing music at such an uncertain time, or is it the more important to be doing it?
BriGuel: Thank you. Initially, we pushed the release of the EP because we wanted to make sure we were sensitive to everything that's happening in our World - it felt odd promoting ourselves during such times of collective change. At the same time, we always feel our music uplifts, invokes, inspires, and serves as a way to alchemise difficulties. Also even though we make the music, we feel like the music is its own entity. It comes through us, but its not about us, if that makes sense? So during these times, now more than ever, we feel its important to share the music; to convey the music's hope, love and positivity, recognising that we are one human race. We feel its the least we can do: use our voices to unite and spread love.
What is 2020 Vision inspired by?
Miguel: 2020 Vision was initially inspired by "The Difference," the song and documentary that we produced with Andres Gonzalez and the Holistic Life Foundation, of which he's a co-Founder. In "The Difference," we examine: how do we make sure our children live and thrive rather than struggle to survive? What can we do to make a difference? In our case, we use music and film to accomplish this task, so we decided to continue creating impactful music with Andres and 2020 Vision was born.