08.12.2019 Electric Mary – Russel Brown

NBNL:
Electric Mary has been around for about 16 years – a long time. What advice would you give to younger bands, who want to pursue their dream of becoming rockstars?

Russel Brown:
Firstly don’t dream of being a rockstar. Dream of making your own music. Dream of people all around the world standing in front of you and singing your songs with you. Dream of having your heart filled with the most powerful emotion you can find… You are already a rockstar!

NBNL:
Where do you get your inspiration from after 16 years?

Russel Brown:
I’m still inspired by the music of Deep Purple, The Beatles, Queen, Tom Petty, Foreigner, Cheap Trick. Every time I listen to music I am inspired. Every time I meet a new Electric Mary fan, I am inspired.

NBNL:
How do you as a band cope with change (online streams etc. )? Nowadays there is an oversupply of bands, so it’s hard to stand out.

Russel Brown:
Very good question! I believe it is easier to stand out if you are good. I find that people are more willing to search now and the search has become easier through YouTube, Spotify and alike – what’s not easy is the cost of trying to stand out. To compete with bands, that have the power of record deals, is the not so easy part.

NBNL:
Who or what made you pick up the microphone and become a singer back then?

Russel Brown:
Actually in high school I was in a play and the madest kid at school (who happened to play guitar) saw me and the next day at school he said: „you are the singer of my band!“, and here I am… and we are still friends to this very day.

NBNL:
What would you do if you weren’t a musician?

Russel Brown:
I would hope to be the greatest footballer ever… that aint never gonna happen 😀
I love watching sport, I love the emotion of the fans, I love the immediate high it gives me as I watch, I love the lows, I love to support no matter what.

NBNL:
Your fourth studio album Mother was released earlier this year. What is your favourite song from the new album and why?

Russel Brown:
Oooh, they are all my children. Sorry Baby has a lot of emotion attached to it. It took nearly three years to finish that song. Three different middle sections and two different guitar solo sections took up most of the time. If you search on YouTube you’ll find me singing it acoustically – it was the second version.
Live I love Gimme Love, it kicks me right in the butt every time.

NBNL:
On your The Gimme Love World Wide Tour 2019 you spent a lot of time in the tour bus. What’s the best way to pass the time? Are you writing new songs? Do you have any rituals?

Russel Brown:
What happens on the tour bus stays on the tour bus, haha. 😉 For me the headphones go straight on my head specially early mornings. I start with the softest music I have and in the end I’m putting on a little rock show, The two bands I played most on this tour were The Black Crowes and Reef (who we did a show with at Hard Rock Hell).
When I get restless, I start to make fun of the rest of the people on the bus until I step over the line and someone yells at me.

NBNL:
You recently played for the first time in Germany (Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt). What did you especially like about that? Are you coming back?

Russel Brown:
The passion Germans still have for rock music is something that stood out for me. The history of hard rock music is huge and we are very keen to be a part of it.
I have spoken to an Agent re coming back in 2020. Fingers crossed it works out for us!

NBNL:
You’ve played with rock icons like Kiss, Whitesnake, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Motörhead, Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Y&T and Skid Row. How’d it go? Did a dream come true for you to share the stage with your idols, or do you see the musicians as serious colleagues?

Russel Brown:
Whitesnake was our first big show and to meet David Coverdale was a dream come true. Everyone else were amazing. Getting to play with Deep Purple taught me a lot about stadium gigs, how you need to leave your footprint in the minds of the audience.
Being a support band you can win people over, but you need to remember the next band on after you is the reason people are at the show. So you need to make your mark in your 30 minute time slot.

NBNL:
What are your next goals for the future? What can the fans look forward to – album number five?

Russel Brown:
Album number five is in our heads right now but the immediate plan is to return to Europe and build on the work we did on this 2019 tour. We can’t leave it 3 years before we come back.
In April 2020 we have a big tour across Australia with Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, Live, Rose Tattoo and Electric Mary. This will be amazing and I think it may have already sold out.
We will release a new single at the end of February in conjunction with the tour. Fingers crossed rock radio supports us as they did with our last single it’s alright.

NBNL:
The last words are up on you!

Russel Brown:
Thank you for all the support we have received from our European fans. Rock ’N’ Roll is not a game, it is a lifestyle to live by!