Ruby Yacht sets sail

Wisconsin Gazette - - Opinion -

In a re­cent in­ter­view, Brav­ery dis­cusses his in­flu­ences and song­writ­ing process.

Ran­dal Brav­ery: I feel like my first ex­pe­ri­ence is prob­a­bly lis­ten­ing to mu­sic from video games and vib­ing with that, hang­ing out with my brothers and stuff. I also lis­tened to mu­sic that was played in the house. My grand­mother played a lot of gospel, blues and soul. sounds cool. We will putz around and show each other work. Out­side of the Ruby Yacht crew, I don’t col­lab­o­rate much. I have col­lab­o­rated with my guitar player, Ter­rance Bar­rett. We have a post-punk psych rock band in Madi­son. An­tilia Raid is just me and him. We also have a trio called Car­bon Ban­gle. He writes those songs and I write the lyrics on top.

I sup­pose when I per­form by my­self I have the free­dom to do what­ever I want with­out be­ing re­stricted by any­one. I en­joy col­lab­o­rat­ing with the homies. A com­bi­na­tion of en­er­gies is nice. It’s use­ful to look back at. mak­ing vibe stuff, I don’t want to bum any­one out. When I’m do­ing the rock things, I feel like I can prop­erly por­tray that mes­sage.

I feel like be­ing in Wis­con­sin is kind of like that. I grew up in Wis­con­sin. It’s rough for a black per­son. It’s a cold place. I wouldn’t say Milwaukee, in par­tic­u­lar, is dif­fi­cult. … Here, ev­ery­one is try­ing to ig­nore the hu­man­ity in oth­ers. The weird dis­tances peo­ple put be­tween them­selves. It’s the only place where I’ve been walk­ing on a side­walk and some­one will lock their car door. I lived in L.A. for a lit­tle bit. That was a dif­fer­ent racial ten­sion. …


Milwaukee-based mu­si­cian Ran­dal Brav­ery.

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