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Interview: Brigitte Mena Brightens Our Day With Her New Album, After The Storm!

Interview: Brigitte Mena Brightens Our Day With Her New Album, After The Storm!

Hello, honeybees! We’re absolutely buzzing because we have an exclusive interview for you today with pop rock artist, Brigitte Mena! If you aren’t already a fan, we just know that you’ll love her music just as much as we do. We got the chance to chat with her about her new album, After The Storm, and more!

Hello and welcome to The Honey POP! We’re so excited to have you! For our readers who may not know who you are, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Thanks for having me today! I am a pop rock artist in Dallas, TX, and I just released my new album a few weeks ago! I’ve been involved in various bands throughout the years including a cover band and indie rock band, but have been releasing music under my solo project since 2018.

Who are your musical inspirations and how do they influence your music? 
Right now I am digging a band called Middle Kids. They’re based in Australia and have the female fronted pop rock sound that I really love. I actually discovered them a couple years ago on a random Spotify playlist which is cool haha. My lyric writing is also heavily influenced by an artist named Johanna Warren. She uses a lot of nature and supernatural references in her music, which is a similar approach I take in my songwriting. 

Brigitte Mena
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If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be and why? 
It would be pretty awesome to collaborate with John Mayer. He’s one of the best guitarists out there and an all-around great songwriter. 

After The Storm is your 3rd album release, which is so exciting! Was there anything different about the writing or recording process for this album, compared to the other two? 
Yes! This album was a bit more free-flowing when it came to the writing process. I didn’t really have strict guidelines or a clear vision of how I wanted the album to turn out like I have in the past. Instead, I just chose to let the album take shape for itself. I really love how it turned out and the themes that ended up unfolding. 

What’s your favorite song off of your new album, After The Storm
Can I do a top 2? Haha. My favorites are ‘Mastermind’ and ‘Rainbow Bridge.’ They’re both super different – ‘Mastermind’ is more of a powerhouse and upbeat song while ‘Rainbow Bridge’ is an emotional ballad. ‘Rainbow Bridge’ is also the last song I wrote for the album, and it’s dedicated to my dog, Oliver, who I lost tragically in October 2022. This track beautifully tied together the album’s message, hence the title, “After The Storm.” 🙂

Do you have a favorite lyric from the album? 
The third track, ‘Honeybee,’ has some of my favorite lyric writing on the album. It’s based on a relationship metaphor between a bee and flower, so I tried to use a lot of nature references to create some coherency. My favorite lyrics from this track come from the opening lines of the chorus:

“Oh honeybee you are wary I see, Collecting what you need while blossoming the inside of me. Driven by routine, you gently unravel and flee.”

It’s a reference of the mutual give and take and dependence on each other for growth. But in the end, one person may take more than they give.

We absolutely loved your live acoustic performance of ‘Sun On My Back!’ Is that your favorite song to perform live? Or was there another reason why you chose that one? 
I originally wrote this song on piano and planned to keep it acoustic, but we ended up tracking a full band version of it on the album. I kind of missed playing it acoustically, and it has such a different feel when it’s stripped down, so I decided to record an acoustic version of it.

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What’s been the proudest moment of your career so far? 
Honestly, getting to make music with my best friends. Every time I step on stage, I am so grateful to work with people who love music just as much as I do and bring my songs to life better than I could have ever imagined.

And finally, we’re all about positivity and manifestation. What’s one thing you want to speak into existence right now? 
I love that. I think for me right now, it’s learning how to say “no” and relax. There’s something beautiful and definitely positive about not always trying to chase after the next big thing and letting your mind have time to reset and unwind. 

We’d like to thank Brigitte again for taking the time to chat with us! So, is Brigitte Mena your new favorite artist? What do you think of her new album, After The Storm? Let us know in the comments, on FacebookInstagram, or by tweeting us @thehoneypop!


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