Since 2002 transcendent folk artist namoli brennet has self-produced and engineered 6 CDs starting with Boy in a Dress; her 7th CD Until From This Dream I Wake came out in June 2009. In addition to her songwriting, Brennet has also written several commissions for Chorus & Piano as well as scoring 2 plays: Boy (2008), and an adaptation of The Odyssey written by Pulitzer-Prize winner Derek Walcott. Her music has also been featured in the upcoming documentary Out in the Silence.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, namoli.
Well, I started taking guitar lessons when I was about 8 - and then picked up drums and piano while I was in high school. I got a degree in composition and started playing in bands, but didn't really hit my creative groove til my late twenties when I started doing my own recording. That really got me inspired and I've been putting out as many CDs as I can ever since.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I think my favorite thing is - that moment when a song starts to form, before it even takes form. It's just this amazing idea that has you hooked - I love the feeling of listening to it, and trying to understand what it wants to become. A close second to would be playing scrabble, I am *seriously* hooked on that game. Shout out to all the scrabble geeks!
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
I think just staying on top of things, staying motivated - when you don't punch a time clock, sometimes it's a little too easy to put things off. Trying to do *everything* too, is hard - I can be a good musician and songwriter, and a good recording engineer, but then I also have to be a booking agent, publicist, tour manager, copywriter...I have a lot of respect for people who can really manage all of that.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Pretty much exactly what I'm doing now, except at Wembley Stadium or something.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Tucson is an amazingly peaceful and supportive place to create in. And there's something expansive about living in the southwest, you can see for miles and I think it impacts your sense of possibility in a very positive way. And there are just so many great people here - it's a really warm, accepting and diverse community.
What other artists out there do you love?
Off the top of my head - Ryan Adams, Sufjan Stevens, Patty Griffin, Rufus Wainwright, Sun Kil Moon, Radiohead, Andrew Bird - usually I get hooked on one song by an artist, and listen to it over and over for days or weeks.
What does your future hold?
Well, the immediate future involves touring in the fall, and releasing a live CD next year while working on material for the next record. In the long term - I want to impact as many people as possible through performing and recording music. Music is like aspirin - you just take it, and somehow it knows just where to go to make the hurt go away. My job is to just keep creating and putting stuff out there, and trust that it will find it's way to where it needs to be.