Rising singer-songwriter Brooke Sause understands the role emotions play inwriting lyrics.
Working on conjunction with her sister Breana, Brooke Sause aims to tug at listeners’ heartstrings and has done so on releases like “More” and “How Long.” Yet, the recent track “Consequences” heads in a different direction – one that’s upbeat and bubbly with strong pop overtones.
At the same time, Brooke Sause herself has multiple aspirations. While her track “fallin for you” has seen over 100,000 organic streams, she’s currently attending law school and expects to release an EP later this year.
How did Brooke Sause start with writing music?
Music has always been my thing, and my sister Breana’s thing, too. When Covid hit, we had a ton of time together at home and figured why not give recording music a shot! After we recorded our very first song, we were hooked. The whole process, from start to finish, was like magic.
We discovered a love for every step, from brainstorming ideas to going to the studio to record. It was a rush like no other. Collaborating with other musicians took it to a whole new level. Seeing our ideas come to life and blend with theirs was amazing and created a strong bond.
You continue to collaborate with your sister: How do you help each other out as songwriters and musicians?
Each collaboration is a unique experience, with its own creative process. Sometimes, I’ll start by coming up with a catchy melody and adding lyrics to it. I’ll spend some time with it before sharing it with Breana, and then show her and see what we can do together.
On other occasions, she might show me a beautiful poem she wrote, and from there, we try to find the perfect chords and melodies that complement her words. One of the incredible aspects of collaborating with my sister is the level of trust and comfort we share. Being able to be completely honest with each other fuels our creative flow. We’re not afraid to pitch any ideas, whether they’re stupid or incredible.
As a singer-songwriter, how would you describe your sound?
I would describe it as lyric-driven and organic. I would say lyric-driven, because the words of a song are just as important, if not more important, than the melody itself. I would say organic, because I love to use real instruments in the records like real drums, guitar, and more.
What influenced you to make a more upbeat track with “Consequences”?
Breana and I decided that we wanted to write something fun that people could dance to or jam out to during the summertime. The line “Tomorrow I’ll have common sense and worry about the consequences” popped in my head, and we immediately worked with it.
What was your goal or vision for “Consequences”?
My goal and vision were to make it really snarky and fun. It’s just describing the chaos of intentionally making mistakes and deciding to worry about the issues that could arise from mistakes later on.
You have your debut EP slated for release later this year. What should listeners expect?
I think what listeners should expect is a rollercoaster of emotions. There’s going to be a lot of different feelings channeled, like happiness and romance, heartbreak, and anger. I’m beyond excited to put the art out there.
How has it been balancing law school and an emerging music career?
Managing school and music simultaneously has not been easy, but I genuinely believe that having good time management skills is what has been key. I take the time to prioritize my commitments based on their importance and urgency. For example, during finals week, all my focus goes to school. But during the semester, I have a lot more free time. It’s definitely a tricky balance, but the effort is absolutely worth it.
Considering these two paths, where would you like to see your career go?
I would love to make music my whole life as a career and get to perform one day, but only time will tell what will happen. Having a law degree is also something I intend to make use of also, so I’m just taking things day by day and having fun with it all.