Hi SoundBetter fam! I am a Songwriter/Singer/Producer and active ARTIST who goes by the name “Bri Ouellette” on all music streaming platforms. I’m here to use every skill I have to offer to help YOU create or get what you’re looking for! If you’d like to hear what I’m capable of, please feel free to search for me and have a listen or two. 🎧🎵
Looking for a little help or guidance writing a song? Are you in need of a completely written song from start to finish? Struggling to come up with a catchy yet authentic melody for your own lyrics? Or maybe just in search of a fun, mellow, happy, sad, heartfelt, passionate, or raw type of sound beat? I’m here to assist!! Please feel free and welcome to leave me a message if you have concerns, ideas, or maybe even just a question! 🎧🎶
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Interview with Bri Ouellette
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Raw/Vulnerable, Catchy/Melodic, and at times, explicit with direct messages that can be of time relevancy.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Wow, what a hard question ha. I have to say BTS. Not only does each of the seven members provide input in the music individually (which is rare for Kpop artists), they have a special way of connecting with their fans that make them feel as if they know them on a very personal basis. Also, the majority of their songs promote self love, acceptance, and topics alike. As I mentioned above, they are known for overly sharing their lives so it makes sense they use their music to do so too. For example, they sing about their experiences before and during fame. Yes, a lot of artists share this commonality, but I do feel there are more unique things I can’t pinpoint about them that separates them from other artists for me.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I have a few I feel are equally important. 1. Music has no rules. 2. Overthinking too much can cause a “forced” sound ~sometimes writing before you think is more effective than thinking before you write. 3. LESS IS MORE!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: A little bit of everything besides Country. I must say that most songs I create are catchy, pop sounding, and structured.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Songwriting! If I may add, I believe this methodology is the best formula for creating HIT SONGS🎶 1. Authentic and short intros 2. Catchy yet easy to understand hooks 3. Few chords-simple harmonic patterns keep listener’s attentions 4. A slow and structured buildup-verses,bridges,hooks should all flow 5. UNIVERSAL messages
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My single titled “Mental Health”, ONLY because I released it during the start of COVID. It ended up helping a lot of people especially during that time because it had a direct message that had meaning and assured many people that it is “okay to not be okay” sometimes! For the longest time, mental health and topics related could be very taboo. Also, any project I’m in involved in that contributes to helping another artist grow, is always rewarding.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: The second volume to “Songbird Chronicles”, a four song EP followed by the first volume I recently released a month ago which is streaming on all major music platforms! Oh! And my single “I’m Amazin’” drops in a week. It is actually the record Lucius Page helped me with..the master came out just as amazing as the title
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Lucius Page was of the first sound engineers to help me with a record I could not master correctly. He took the time to hear out my vision and beautifully but carefully brought my track to life. He made it sound 10x better than I dreamed. And his promptly manner was just the cherry on top! I recommend him 100%!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I’d have to say Digital based on efficiency and advancement BUT I hold a special place in my heart for Analog due to its authenticity and simplicity with a true sense of Nostalgia.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That when I’m listening to their feelings and visions, I’m not listening to reply. I’m listening to listen, and I promise to take what they’ve given me and translate it as authentically as I can using their eyes and feelings as my guide.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: That is has given me an outlet to express myself.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: If my lyrics are fiction or non fiction. How or what gives me inspiration. If writing dark music takes an emotional toll. What are my first steps in the creative process. My answer is never the same.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception is about what they assume I DON’T do. Sometimes it can be hard for people to believe that an independent artist(female at that), who doesn’t have any connections, mentors, or simple acquaintances with the shared skill….can carry the ability and talent to write, produce, and sing her own music.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What they are feeling at the moment. What they would love to write a song about, AND also what they’d like to keep hidden(sometimes opening that door in a safe place with just the client and myself can give them a secure opportunity to see if what they want to hide could actually be a beautiful release….but I never pressure if I know immediately it’s a topic that they want off limits. Respect is always shown). Other questions just depend on the impression of the client. Every person is different and I like to treat the client accordingly. Everyone has a different approach when it comes to their personal creative process because it can be very liberating but also uncomfortable at first.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: “First things first, always remember that doing and being YOUR best is far more special and rewarding than striving to be THE best.”
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Pencil, a very thick note book(because I prefer writing on an actual sheet), a Mac, microphone, and WiFi if I’m able, lol.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since I’ve always had a passion for singing and music, it used to be the same as what a lot of little girls and boys dreamed of…to be a SUPERSTAR! Lol. Now, I have grown and taken my passion more serious and have become more in love and dedicated to the songwriting and producing side of it. To sum it up, I just love, want, and NEED to create. I spend my days not only creating, but as well as researching jobs, opportunities, and the necessary steps I would and must take if I ever want to come in contact with a chance to pursue that career. And I will never stop working for it.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A variety of things. Comfort, a tool to relax, a melody so catchy you can’t refuse to bust a move, a raw ambience to strike deep emotion, and most importantly, heartfelt messages that are UNIVERSAL and DIRECT because a person can never have enough records that speak to them so personally.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: People ask me this often and it’s quite funny. Every project is completely different. Sometimes I start with a simple bass line and work my way up. During that type of process, I usually let the beat speak to me. It may sound silly, but to best describe it…..THE BEAT writes the lyrics. During other processes, I could maybe write the song title first and build the beat around the feeling and vibe I want to deliver followed by the lyrics to match. It varies, but I enjoy the excitement.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Although I’ve had experience around advanced equipment throughout the year's working with other artists, this last year I made a scary yet important decision. It was to start learning from the bottom up on my own. I wanted to be more independent and knowledgeable as an artist. Now, I use a Mac equipped with a variety of plugins and a couple different DAWS. With that being said, I continue to research and build adding new equipment and knowledge.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am very inspired by musicians who sing, write, produce, mix, AND master all in one. I’ll be the first to admit mixing and mastering aren’t my greatest skills…at the least bit. I sing, write, and produce my own music, and I must say after taking a small glimpse into the world of sound engineering, I have a new found respect for the ones who make a living doing it. It’s an incredible skill.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Songwriting for the most part, but I have recently expanded my services which include producing and creative guidance.