“Light” by Factor Eight + Jesse Brown available now everywhere, click photo to listen.
JESSE BROWN: I was just happy to be there and meet some very nice people. Being nominated at the same time was a win-win situation. I was honoured to be considered and proud of Andrew at the same time.
FACTOR EIGHT: To be mentioned alongside Jesse Brown for an award nomination is simply an honour. There was nothing but surreal, joyous feelings.
RUMOUR HAS IT THAT JESSE BROWN HELPED FACTOR EIGHT DURING THE EARLY START OF HIS MUSIC CAREER.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE COLLABORATING ON THE LATEST RELEASE “LIGHT”?
JESSE BROWN: I would say it was the other way around. He recommended a book to me years ago called ‘The War of Art’ that I have subsequently lent out to a few other artists along the way.
FACTOR EIGHT: As my piano teacher from an early age, Jesse played an invaluable role in shaping who I am today as a musician. Indeed, I often talk about Jesse as being one of the most important teachers in my life. In contrast, the teacher preceding him told me I should quit piano altogether. Through Jesse’s freeing approach, he sparked a love for music in me that has grown to this day, and more recently, he has been gracious as both a friend and mentor in helping to develop my career. To release a piece with him now… it means a lot.
JESSE BROWN: Andrew has always been a very kind person, and that hasn’t changed. The music has definitely evolved since his time as my student.
FACTOR EIGHT: As this collaboration began years ago when I lived in Vancouver, the piece has taken many shapes and forms between its inception and today. Originally, it began with a harmonium-based movement that transitioned into my own piano solo that just never felt right. Sentimentality aside, I thought it would be just amazing to work with Jesse to create something different. It was such a wonderful experience working together, and he really made the piece what it is today.
With the piece having been revisited at various times over the last five or so years, to me, it has become a kind of meditation on the transient nature of the self — a reflection on personal and artistic growth that has occurred over the course of the work’s development.
JESSE BROWN: I’ve learned that it’s ok to release a piece that is longer than 4 mins long and I’ve learned to appreciate the ‘real life’ sounds even more than before.
FACTOR EIGHT: With it being so many years since my days as a student playing the great Petrof in his studio, it has been nice to get to know Jesse now in both a professional and personal regard. While the piece turned out beautifully, I am mostly grateful for the experience in working with Jesse, bringing our own musical minds and artistic angles to a collaboration. It was an honour, and I am so pleased to finally share the result with the world.