Interview: "Top of the World" - Brenden Starr
“Top of the World” could easily become an anthem, a call to remind people to persevere despite turbulence and uncertainty. What was your process for writing this song, and what do you hope listeners take away from it?
Brenden: The process ahead going into the song was just being able to take the hits and keep pushing forward. It’s ok to take some nos with some yeses if that makes sense. You have to love what you do and what you’re pursuing and striving for, whether it’s a career choice or an entertainment or athlete choice. Just keep on pressing for it and maybe something good will come out on the other side. Then you can be on top of your own world and what you seek - happiness in your journey, your life, and your goals. Listeners should get amped to try new things - take risks, take chances. We only live once so live it out to the fullest!
How would you describe your experience working with Hayden Calhoun on the production of “Top of the World”?
Brenden: The process was great, we were on the same page the whole time; he understood and listened to my thought process on how I wanted the song structured and written.
What are you looking forward to most about this year’s Rock On The Hill Festival?
Brenden: I'm looking forward to performing in front of a huge hometown crowd, and making new fans it's gonna be fun for sure!
You have some impressive accomplishments under your belt! Which of these experiences was your favorite, and why - auditioning for Lady Gaga’s backup tour singer, X Factor, or American Idol?
Brenden: The Lady Gaga Audition was by far my favorite, just because of the opportunity, being a part of something so huge, and getting the honor just to audition to be a backup singer. I will always have this on my resume!
What would you say was your best live performance and what was it like?
Brenden: In December of last year in my hometown of Hanover, PA, I played a show. It was my first in years. It was so refreshing seeing people sing my songs and getting that groove back again!
What advice would you give to an artist that is just starting out?
Brenden: Just be smart about your choices, know that you're getting into an investment with yourself. People are going to tell you to do this and that, and that’s ok - just know your worth, accept the criticism, and move on. You’ll find happiness in what you love either way. It may take some obstacles to get there but just be fierce and strong!
Interviewed By Vanessa Siebrass