Introducing WA's Brayden Sibbald and his soulful new single, Baby I Caught Myself Under
Taken from his upcoming EP Float, and ahead of a couple of big shows in June.
Brayden Sibbald is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter who hails from Dunsborough in WA's south west, and he's ready to take things to a new level with his forthcoming EP, Float. Working on that release with revered producer Matt Gio, if lead single Baby I Caught Myself Under is anything to go by, we're in for a treat: "Brayden has the amazing ability to create sultry pop melodies over a dark chordal base,” says Gio. “It was very important for me to capture the essence of this stage of Brayden as an artist and try to develop his sound with complementary rhythms and sonics."
Ahead of that EP release and some launch shows in June, we hit up Sibbald to find out a little more, check it out below:
Tell us about about yourself?
I’m Brayden Sibbald and I’m from the small town of Dunsborough in South West WA. I’ve been playing music pretty much my whole life in some format.
What kinda tunes we talkin’?
I communicate how I’m feeling through the songs I write and take inspiration from everything that happens to me; travel is a huge one, being out of my comfort zone has a massive impact on me and the way I write. Production-wise I aim for a dark, electronic dreamscape created from sample pads, keys, a drum machine, guitar, and vocals.
It differs from song to song; sometimes I’ll start with a guitar and then vocals and add all the other bits over the top, or I’ll have this melody line stuck in my head all week and then write some lyrics and try and fit all the other instruments around that. Ideas will hit anywhere; often the lyrics to my songs are written on napkins in planes or restaurants, scribbled on scraps of paper which I find stuffed in a drawer later or in notes on my phone when I’m travelling. Most of the songs start as guitar based songs as that’s what I grew up playing. At the moment I’m doing a one man band type show so I wrote all the songs on this EP recorded onto an RC-300 loop pedal and did the demos straight out of that. I worked with Matt Gio (RADA Studios), a musical wizard who is super fun to work with, and he gave a bit more life to the songs in terms of production.
Can you tell us about your new single, Baby I caught Myself Under?
This song was born out of a combination of relationship hiccups, financial frustrations and the post-travel blues. I was kind of spiraling down a bit from everything that was going on and then I had this moment where I was like, ‘Hey, everything is actually really good and you are actually living a really good life.’ I was in this space where I could have easily fallen off the edge but managed to pull myself out of it. It’s not too late to do that ever I think – no matter how bad it is.
Any shows coming up?
I’ve got two launch shows/parties for my new single, for which I’m super keen! I’ll be playing at Settlers Tavern in Margaret River on the 3rd June with Grace Armstrong and at The Odd Fellow in Fremantle on the 9th of June with Man Sandal and Bass Lemon.
What’s the rest of the year have in store?
I’ll be releasing my EP Float in the coming months and will be doing an accompanying east coast tour.
Where can we hear more of your music?