We had the good fortune of connecting with Steve Brickman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steve, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Song Quest is a new business that creates personalized song and video gifts which born from the 2020 pandemic. I hatched the idea after creating an original song and video for Mother’s Day for his mom back home in Massachusetts. I relocated to Los Angeles in January from NYC with plans to perform live music. Live music and other live entertainment are on hold for who knows how long. So it dawned on me that this would be a great way to help bring joy to people and bring people together during this time of isolation. I can combine my talents as a multi instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and video director/editor all into one product. As we get closer to the holidays, many of us won’t be doing Thanksgiving, Christmas or even New Year’s the same way with our family and friends, so Song Quest’s personalized song and video gifts are a great way to give a meaningful present without leaving home.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a multi-instrumentalist producer utilizing my skills of music, video, and storytelling to build entire worlds through songs. I’ve always been interested in writing my own stories and creating musical soundtracks to those adventures. I sometimes have trouble fitting into a certain situation or norm music wise but when I play my music, it is always 100% me and is easily identifiable. I’ve been obsessed with music my whole life and every day is a new opportunity to explore it further. It has been a fun challenge from the beginning. When I graduated from the University of Miami, I had trouble finding work and gigs and eventually turned to non music related jobs. Eventually I started my own video company for music related events and now everything has come full circle to where I write my own music and add video to it as well. I’ve learned that you’re greatest successes are born from your biggest failures. I have so much music to get out to the world and I feel like it has been hiding in a shadow for 10 years. I’m excited to be in a new city with a game plan and a drive to reach for the stars.
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.
We are in New York City. We have to see as much live music as possible. 55 bar will give us the tightest funk bands around. Smalls Jazz Club has a one of a kind vibe and amazing jazz music. Take a run in central park. Head to little italy for some delicious food. Essential to make a pitstop at Barcade where they have 80s arcade games and delicious beers on tap. We would play some mini golf along the west side highway. Finally we would head to greenwood cemetery for a peaceful getaway from the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank my dad who has supported me from the beginning. He got me some basic recording gear in high school which opened the flood gates for me. I went from playing music to be able to take my ideas and record all of the parts and have a finished song. That started the exploration of learning multiple instruments, writing my own music, and recording and mixing everything myself. Song Quest is an extension of that where I play, write, record, and also video everything which all began with a simple recording setup back in high school.