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Friends Make The Best Band Members – Brother Hawk

Brother Hawk
Lead singer JB Brisendine says natural development and friendship are the keys to a band’s success.

Brother Hawk extensively tour around the U.S, and have performed on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Simple Man’ Cruise and Joe Bonamassa’s ‘Keeping the Blues Alice’ Cruise.

It took me a while to want to sing in front of people

What obstacles have you had to overcome for your love of singing?
Shyness. It took me a while to want to sing in front of people, I actually didn’t want to sing for this band, we just couldn’t find anyone else! Although, I’m glad it worked out the way it did!

What’s the best way to find band members?
The best way I’ve found is to develop relationships with people and let the music grow from that. I’ve known some of the band for over 20 years – people like that don’t come along every day.

Dream collaboration?
Neil Young! I can only imagine what I could learn from someone like him.

First gig you ever did?
Myself, Nick, and his brother Myke started our first band when Nick and I were 9. Our first show was at the retirement home my mom worked at!

And the last show you played?
Boone, NC. What a beautiful place! It’s in the mountains near Watauga Lake. It was our first time there and the crowd was so crazy. Can’t wait to go back.

Brother Hawk's most popular video on their YouTube channel - performing 'No Room To Rust'

A performance FAIL?
We played on the Lynyrd Skynyrd Simple Man cruise a few years ago. It was the last one ever so they had a lot of the bands get together where each band covered two Skynyrd songs. The first one we played was Gimme Back My Bullets and I forgot the first two lines in front of 2,000 Skynyrd fans. But we then played Cheatin Woman and crushed it! I’d say it made up for it.

The most effective way you’ve expanded your fanbase?
YouTube is a great tool for any band. We uploaded a live studio session a few years ago on YouTube and it got us a lot of extra attention. We’ve since been recording all of our shows and regularly post live videos.

Most important lesson you have learned about social media?
Be positive. No one wants to hear a band whine about anything, people do enough of that on their personal accounts.

Have you ever had singing lessons?
I took chorus classes in middle school and high school. It made me a much more solid and confident singer.

The one key ingredient for a singer in a loud rock band is a good monitor!

What is essential for a great performance?
The one key ingredient for a singer in a loud rock band is a good monitor!

Favorite vocal gear?
Audix OM7. It helps me hear my vocals so much better than I ever have, even with crappy monitors.

Your musical philosophy?
Don’t force anything. Letting things happen naturally I’ll yield the best result.

Tell us about your favorite singer?
Steve Winwood has one of my favorite voices of all time. I get compared to him often, which I don’t really see, but I like it!

What advice do you have for people wishing to pursue a music career?
You really have to love it. It can’t be about money.

Brother Hawk's new E.P

The four piece Atlanta band, Brother Hawk, deals in raging riffs and huge hooks. Their blend of Southern fried blues rock is firmly rooted in the earthy tricks traditionally traded for at the red clay crossroads but their live performances convey an electrified ebullience that blasts them into the stratosphere. Brother Hawk’s sound is the sunset that the hero rides into.

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