SYML (Brian Flennell) Shares His Best College Advice

SYML (Brian Flennell) Shares His Best College Advice


hi I’m Celeste McHale TV entertainment
and I’m here with simul hi we’re here together yes we are here together and
we’re here at outside land so let’s see what’s on his mind right now so are you enjoying outside lands is it
your first time here it is my first time here and I am enjoying it and we’re like
an hour and a half in so it’s like smooth sailing so far do you have any
really interesting experiences that you’ve had at this venue or any other
venues I have a ton of interesting experiences the venue’s over the years
but this is my first time here and so there’s nothing that that strange has
happened yet but I feel like as the day goes on the last day people might be
like on their last sort of bit of energy and if they take the right combination
of substance it’ll need to be like a beautiful sort of end to it
or like a nightmare crash and I’ll just be here to observe it we’ll see how it
goes yeah you’ll be up on stage observing at all yeah it’s a good
vantage point do you have any crazy fan experiences oh man
I mean sometimes like use it so my music like definitely like and I invite it
like I like people to share their experiences in life and then like
especially if my music if they relate to my music in a special way like love to
know about that and then it gets very rare but sometimes
it becomes a little bit like personal and you know I’d say for the most part
though people know how to manage they’re like sort of like thing and not like go
a little too hard into my sort of personal bubble but it happens and when
it does it’s more like it is definitely between friends I’m like yo that was
crazy but like it’s more like people were just trying to be people and figure
it out and no one’s perfect so yeah it’s a bit of a rant but that’s kind of yeah
is there any like hidden meaning that you try to put into your music not
something hidden meaning I try to be really like open and like
straightforward with my songs some of them sometimes I can get pretty
metaphoric and for that reason like people take it off in their own
direction to relate how they will with it and I think that’s actually like very
beautiful so there’s not a ton of hidden meaning but like there are some cryptic
messages but they’re not like area 51 style you know great
and so you studied music in college how exactly did you get started and how
young were you so yeah I graduated with my music ed degree to be like a band
teacher and around the same time like I’d started writing songs as well and
did like a record my first solo record with my friend and at that time like
John Mayer was exploding and this is like you know I didn’t want to be like
guy with guitar so I started a band like right out of college and we were a band
for like 10 years and then we stopped being a band and then similar did
my like home basement studio trying to make sad songs that made me feel good
and when from there I yeah do you think you’re gonna have like this crazy pivot
in your career where you go from sad songs to a completely different genre
nah I mean it it’s been cool because like I think basically because I could
have that experience as being younger in a band where like we were maybe under a
bit of different pressure to like make it or like you know make a living at
doing it and now like that I’m like a bit older and like I have a have these
little kids now and I’m lucky to be surrounded by people without like
encourage like honesty and music and do what you want do what you feel like you
do what you love with music because of that like I’m not really surprised about
any sort of a switch-up yeah is there any advice that you’d give
to yourself when you were either switching to going solo or just starting
out with your band yeah oh that’s a good question I’d probably say like and I try
to tell everybody this like when they’re pursuing something that they like are
drawn to is to not like wait around for anybody to like hold their hand through
it I wish we did way less of that and in the music industry especially there’s
like a lot of toxicity that happens like in any industry because of money and
money does crazy stuff to people so when you’re like a young person and you’re
trying to hustle and like make it in that and now
world like just don’t wait around like go do it and for sure waited to you know
into into the end of the scene or whatever that scene is but be honest
with yourself be honest with other people and be a good person and so we
are reporting for our college do you have any crazy college stories that you
are willing to share man I went to like two very like miles schools but like I
think when you get kids in like a conservative experience like I kind of
experienced they go like crazy crazy because you’re like basically telling
them like oh don’t drink too much like don’t drink at all like I don’t do these
things and so all mine were like probably very normal college experiences
but because it was in that like lens of conservative it just seemed like oh my
gosh cauli news like TMZ needs to know about this like but it was just like
normal college stuff so I really have like the most boring college experience
when you really look at it I almost got kicked out of school because I bought a
kid a drink on his 21st birthday and at our school there was some archaic law
that said like you couldn’t do that like it was like it was this very specific
thing and I had to go in front of the Dean this SPU I’ll call you out by name
SPU in Seattle and they’re like sorry you’re gonna have to write a five-page
paper about the Free Methodist tradition of not drinking or yeah I don’t know
maybe you get your up from school and I like very proudly laughed and walked out
but I didn’t get there under school yeah you should have gone to UC Berkeley yeah
a little different yeah I would have been better off I’m sure and my last
question having to do with college as well do you have any advice for our
college students watching don’t stay in college if you don’t want
to go do go do you outside of college because it’s way less expensive to do
you outside of college not the truth all right thank you so much for your time
all right thank you

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