Today we’re excited to introduce you to Megan Brickwood. Megan is a Singer-songwriter and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this.
She grew up in a small former mining town in rural northern California. Much of her identity as an artist is rooted there, but she also takes inspiration from artists of the 1960’s like Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Neil Young who she grew up listening to on her parents’ stereo. After leaving home to pursue music, Megan landed in Los Angeles and became immersed in the local music scene, playing venues around town while writing, recording, and ultimately producing her music. She has played at locally renowned venues such as The Hotel Café and Genghis Cohen. Megan is influenced by folk, Americana, classical and Celtic musical styles. She writes on acoustic guitar and piano. Her EP, Where the Wind Lays Heavy, pays homage to her rural northern roots and the trials of love, heartache and the road less traveled.
Check out our conversation with Megan below.
Are there any creative projects you are working on right now?
I am currently producing two original songs, as well as creating a music video for one of the songs. I’m pretty excited about these, and the video has been a fun project to work on during lockdown. It’s pretty much been me and my boyfriend with a handheld camera, heading out into remote places to see what kind of footage we can get. It’s been an adventure.
What is the inspiration behind your new songs?
They are both about finding courage, funny enough. “Come Down” is about finding the courage to love again after a devastating heartbreak. “Hey Little Darling” is about finding the courage to pursue your dreams and is kind of a letter to my younger self, telling her not to be afraid and to go after her life.
How have you been keeping creativity flowing during the pandemic?
Being in nature and amidst wildlife is always a really important way for me to connect with my creative instincts and I’ve actually been able to dedicate extra time to that, this past year. I also think that discovery and new experiences are important elements to keep your brain going and awaken the imagination – which has been the trickier part. I’ve turned to books as a great source of mental relief and rejuvenation as well as learning new things on guitar. At the moment I’m expanding my repertoire by studying blues.
What aspects of the music industry do you find most challenging? Most rewarding?
I’m an introvert so that most challenging part is the networking and self-promotion aspect. I have a hard time with that sometimes, but it really is important for getting your music out there. The most rewarding part is creating something that I get to share with people – hearing that a song I wrote meant something to someone is the best thing.
Alright, so before we go, how can our readers connect with you to learn more and show support?
Most people seem to use Spotify, but it’s available on any streaming platform and on Bandcamp. https://open.spotify.com/artist/1aDXCikgJj2Xn8Kw3a9ko3?si=eb4ypDtIRJqDYZUToXGI9A
I post news about releases, shows and other info on my instagram @meganbrickwoodmusic
My website, where you can sign up for my email list and find other info, is meganbrickwood.com
- Website: meganbrickwood.com
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYEfUFFwq3QqLPPDu-ejvZw/videos
- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1aDXCikgJj2Xn8Kw3a9ko3?si=0VlZAJq1TZqJcCCMd-GUxA