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Conversations with Brett Incardone

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brett Incardone.

Hi Brett, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
As a child, I always wanted to become some sort of artist. I didn’t know exactly what type of art I wanted to make so. I would draw, paint, make ceramics, anything at all that allowed me to create something new. I started playing guitar at the age of sixteen with the intent on becoming a songwriter. Honestly, I think I started writing songs before I really knew any chords. Once I had started becoming more familiar with my instrument and my voice, it only seemed appropriate to try and record the songs that I liked. Recording became a huge focus; the ideas would start to flow and the process became a sort of therapy for me.

As a teenager, I was lucky enough to have friends in bands that were doing really well, like touring and releasing albums. It was motivating to see that it isn’t just a dream and with hard work, you can make some really special things happen. I have played in or with many bands since I started, most notably the power-trio, Hollow Fortyfives. Hollow Fortyfives was a fantastic experience where I made some amazing friendships. The band also allowed me to take my musicianship to the next level while playing some truly awesome gigs!

When the Covid-19 pandemic began, I lost my job. I noticed that I really needed to make music again, I needed that therapy more than ever before and for the time being, I had all the time to do it. So, I bought a fairly cheap interface for recording and began recording in my living room. I would wake up, have a cup of coffee and go to work on what I loved, making and recording music. Thus, The Family Whistle was born.

The Family Whistle is my personal recording project where I play all instruments on the tracks, I design all of my own album covers with some help from my wife, and I release and promote everything from home. I LOVE it! So far, I have released seven songs as singles which all have unique album covers to go with them. I plan on releasing a few more singles and then will most likely move on to recording an album to give it a change of pace. This is just the beginning of The Family Whistle and I can’t wait to see where this project takes me next.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
No matter what path you choose in life, there are always challenges. Music is no different. There’s been days where you record all day and when you’re finished and listen to it, you just kind of hate what you made. There have been computer problems, neighbors being loud and messing up a great take, late nights and hung-over mornings, traffic to a gig, venues canceling on you last minute. I would say it can be a little rocky along the way, but if you love what you’re doing, it’s all worth it.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I like to think of myself as recording artist who uses visual art along with music to give the listener a great experience. I think what makes the Family Whistle special is that it’s honest. I create everything myself from the ground up, the lyrics, the music, the artwork, how the social media pages are ran. It’s my baby, my personal outlet that I enjoy sharing with the world and just hope other people enjoy it too. There’s just a whole lot of love put into these songs. I am proud of all of the songs that I have released so far, but I do have some that feel extra special such as my first release, the song “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”, and my latest single “Tune-Out”. I also had a ton of fun creating some of the album covers for the songs “Ugly money” and “Under the Rug”.

What’s next?
My plan for the future is to keep creating the best content I can and continue releasing the best music I can. Since I have started The Family Whistle, I feel that I have come along way in recording and engineering the songs. So, in the future I plan on building up my recording studio and giving the new albums a little less of that “home-recorded” feel and a little more of a “studio-recorded” sound. I think that’s the biggest change moving forward, just get better and make better songs. I would also like to start playing more live shows under the Family Whistle, live music has really suffered the past two years or so, so I can’t wait to get back at it and have fun with a crowd again.

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Photography by: Stacey Incardone

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