We had the good fortune of connecting with Britton Buchanan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Britton, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks is, single-handedly, the most important aspect of having and maintaining a career in the music industry. Leaps of faith are required on a daily basis. Quite literally, every decision you make in this industry is a risk you have to be prepared to take. Perhaps the next song you put out might flop, people may hate it, the comments might be horrible, but there’s always an opposite side of the coin – it may blow up, people may love it, and the reviews could be glowing. You’ll never know if you don’t take the risk. My most rewarding decisions have all been leaps of faith. My stint on The Voice wouldn’t have happened had I not taken the leap offered to me on the original casting email I received. Opportunities I’ve had – some life changing – would not have happened for me had I not taken risks. So, I think risk has played a defining role in my life and my career – with risk comes opportunity.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Growing up listening to Springsteen and Paul Simon and Dylan, I always knew I wanted to be a musician and I wanted to figure out a way to do what they did in a modern landscape. So, my music is created with the intention of being organic, being authentic, and yet still having a strong pop sensibility. It hasn’t always been easy. It’s not hard to look around and get discouraged. It’s an uphill battle and sometimes it’s difficult to watch other people run it faster than you. But it’s imperative to understand that everyone is on their own journey, and yours may take longer, the path may look a little different, but you have to keep going. You have to keep trudging. You’re never gonna get to the top of that hill if you stop walking. And that’s a big lesson I’ve learned. Focus on your own journey, and don’t get discouraged. Keep working. If you make great art, it will not go unnoticed.
I’d like the world to know that I’m living proof of breaking out of a small town and doing something with your life. I was born in rural North Carolina to a family that you can’t accurately described as well off – and I set my eyes on a goal, and although I’m still working every day to achieve every aspect, I would never have anticipated even being halfway to where I am today. I live in Los Angeles and I get to make music! How cool is that?! It’s a blessing, it’s a privilege, and it’s important not to take it for granted. I just hope that people can look at me – someone who I feel is quite unremarkable every time I look in the mirror – and know that anything is attainable. You can do it! Just keep going.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my friend was visiting the area, I’d take them to South Pasadena. It’s my favorite spot in all of Southern California. One of my best friends, my California family, Kelly Kidd owns Kidd’s Jewelry Heist in the area and it’s a remarkable shop so I’d take them there. They also filmed Halloween in South Pasadena, and I’m the ultimate Halloween tour guide. I’d take them to Dark Delicacies in Burbank – my residence. I love Del and I love horror and I love to share that love with other people.
I’d take them to eat at Gus’s BBQ in South Pasadena. It reminds me of home! And we could swing by The New Deal in Burbank for brunch on Sunday.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shoutout my creative partner, my frequent co-writer, and my producer, Derek Fuhrmann. Without Derek, I’d still be floundering around the streets of Los Angeles, trying to figure out how to even begin actually figuring out how to things for myself. Derek’s belief and support in me and the work that we create is a particularly gracious blessing and something I remain thankful for everyday. Thanks, D!
Kiersten Friesen for all photos except photo with President Carter – Jill Stuckey