Tête à Tête with Brenmar
KENZINE: Could you say a few words about your musical background?
BRENMAR: I grew up in Chicago on ghetto house, hiphop, and r'n'b as a kid. In my late teens I got into noise, jazz, punk and indi-rock. I definitely went through my phases before coming back full circle to making/producing club music, hiphop, and rnb.
K: Partel Oliva duo used your "Kingpinning" beat for the KENZO "Cloudbusting" video, how do you think the music feeds the images here?
B: I love it! I think the music fits really well, its a bit surreal in the coolest way possible.
K: There is something in "Kingpinning" that reminds us of the "Akira" soundtrack by Geinoh Yamashirogumi, did you have something like that in mind when you were working on it?
B: I can't say i was actually thinking about Akira when i made the beat but it's funny that you bring that up because i must have seen that movie god knows how many times in my teens, it's amazing and one of my favorite animes. Maybe in some subconscious way i was tapping into that?
K: You have an accurate sense of style, how do you use fashion?
B: I absolutely LOVE fashion . What you choose to wear and how it can say a lot about a person, it's important to me. One of my favorite part of the day is deciding what to wear, it's almost like a game. It's art if you let it be. You look good, you feel good, that's a fact. Designer has its perks for obvious reasons but style is really EVERYTHING, if you got a good eye you can walk out of a cheap store looking sharper than someone walking out of a high-end boutique and that's a great thing. In regards to music, music and fashion go hand in hand, always have, always will for me.
K: KENZO is all about travelling, you tour a lot, what is your favourite city and why?
B: Chicago will always be home in my heart because it made me as i am but New York is my baby, my playground, my inspiration, my favorite city in the world <3 If we're talking touring and foreign though it's either London or Tokyo. London for its club culture and fashion, Tokyo for its food and fashion.
K: Also, as many musicians you must spend a lot of time in planes, where is your favourite place in the sky?
B: First class (lol)
K: Can you think quickly of any good song with the word "Cloud" in it?
B: "Clouds So Loud" by Le1f
K: Where would you like to travel if you could go anywhere now?
B: Africa or the Middle East!
K: What are your projects for the upcoming season?
B: My first solo artist project is coming out in September, 8 songs, all originals, all with vocalists. Its called "High End Times Vol. 1". Followed shortly by a collab ep with the homie dj sliink, all ratchet club music, 4 songs on LA label Body High.
Listen to "Kingpinning" here.