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Check out Dani Brillhart and Colton Jones

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dani Brillhart and Colton Jones.

Dani and Colton, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
We are two very different people with the very same passion for making art people can relate to. We feel like we have a message that is so needed in today’s divided world. Colton grew up moving around with just him and his mom, following her job as a journalist from state to state. Dani grew up the oldest of five siblings in Atlanta, GA. We both loved music from super early on and had a strong pull knowing we were going to do this long term, no matter what. We met in Nashville, TN when we got set up to co-write and ended up talking and creating for hours. We learned we had such different perspectives on a very similar desire to communicate with the world. We signed with our first publishing deal in December of 2018 and decided to take the plunge to move to LA about six months ago (July of 2019).

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
We make art in the form of music. We are both vocalists, writers, and very extremely mediocre instrumentalists (fake it until you make it, right?). Our main message we want people to walk away with is inclusivity. Looking at us, we don’t look like we’ve been through the same walk of life or been through a similar day to day experiences. When you hear our music from BOTH of our mouths, there’s something beautiful about feeling anyone can belong to our stories. A lot of what we write about is specific to one of us, and a lot of what we write is specific to both of us from VERY different viewpoints. We want the world to see us as a unit and as two separate beings. We never want to be 50% and 50% to make a whole. We want our music to make you feel like you can also be 100% with another person at 100% and be 200%. We want our songs to make you cry, make you drop it low, make you scream at an ex, and make you fall in love. We have two very different personalities in this band with the same overwhelming feeling of just wanting to be loved and seen. We want people to feel our drive, our passion, our heartbreak, our struggle, our celebration, all of it. In the last six months living in LA, we have felt more pushback on us as artists than ever before. We plan to show the world that push and how we overcame it.

What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
We feel like success comes back to authenticity and confidence. One of the biggest hurdles we’ve had to overcome (and still are) is being true to what YOU have to say and not writing/performing/operating for someone else or their approval. People sniff that out immediately and you’ll never connect if you’re being someone else. Confidence is such a big one for both of us as one of us is naturally pretty confident and the other is extremely insecure. Confidence is so different from arrogance, and we’ve seen firsthand how one deters and one attracts. People want to be around strong people. It’s human nature and its just facts. Knowing your strengths and operating as such in a room of strangers is something we’ve had to learn and adapt in a city where everyone appears SO confident in themselves. Being an artist is one of the most terrifying, vulnerable, humbling things you can ever do. To have success, you have to KNOW yourself and LOVE yourself 10000% first, or no one else will.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Our biggest connection with people and our work right now is YouTube! We do weekly covers and collaborations with other artists and will be releasing some of ours next week on streaming services everywhere.

We currently have three original songs on Spotify, Apple Music, etc., along with two cover collaborations done on YouTube first. We adore YouTube because its the first time we’ve seen a direct streamline with the people that support and watch us. We hear you guys firsthand and can engage directly with music and video. We also are very active on Instagram where we post snippets of originals sometimes, too! We just made a TikTok help people get to know us personally – as we are super weird and goofball-esque – so we’ll be posting more content there in 2020.

Our most recent original release “Let’s Get Weird” that was released last week to all streaming platforms and “Songs We Wish We Wrote: Vol I” (an EP of covers from YouTube) is out tonight!

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Image Credit:
Jake Matthews
Carly Peterson

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