Interview - Bree Whitworth
As the world began to shut down last year due to COVID-19, Bree Whitworth found herself at
the end of a relationship. During lockdown, her main solace was her piano and she took to what she does best, turning her heartbreak into song.
Unveiling her brand-new single ‘Better Off Alone’, the pop release has an anthemic, empowering, and heartbreak flavour to it showcasing Bree Whitworth’s passion.
We sat down with Bree Whitworth to discuss her music and much more. Here is what she had to say:
Hey Bree Whitworth, welcome to FLEX! How are you?
Hi, thank you so much - I’m doing great and really excited for my new release and to be
chatting with you today!
Congratulations on your latest single ‘Better off Alone’ - what inspired this particular track?
This particular single came from a conversation I was having with an ex where he said “maybe you’re better off alone”. It really stuck with me because it had me questioning the meaning behind his words - was I better off without him? better off with no one? It obviously left me with a lot of doubts.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Our breakup was definitely the event that inspired this song. I wanted to take his words though and reshape them into my own narrative. Instead of just singing about my hurt, I wanted to sing about how being ‘better off alone’ could be empowering. It allowed me freedom to learn from the experience and find the strength to move, stronger than I was before.
And do you have to be in a certain mood to write?
I am definitely more of an evening writer. I need to unwind from my day and be in a relaxed state before I sit down at the piano and begin writing. I have to have my phone with me at all times though as inspiration and lyrics will sometimes arise out of nowhere. I’ve even woken up from sleep singing a song so I never know exactly when my creativity will strike.
How was the recording and writing process?
The process for recording and writing this song was very seamless. I already had the chorus written early on. I then send similar sounding songs/artists to my producer, Zach Wolf, as a starting point for him developing the melody and sound. Zach will send me mixes over until I feel we’ve captured the sound I’m looking for. From there, I finish writing the rest of the lyrics once I have an idea of the full shape of the song. Then the final process is going in to record vocals and add any final touches to the song before we complete the final mix/master.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yes, I do have plans to enlist a local film school student to work together on developing something fun and creative that pairs well with the song.
For viewers that don’t know Bree Whitworth, how would you describe your sound?
I write sad love songs with a twist. I would say that it's pop music with a definite 80s inspiration. I love some good synth and I enjoy creating a straight-up pop song but then adding an unexpected layer or sound that really helps build the melody while taking the listeners on an unpredicted journey.
What’s the music scene like where you live?
I think the scene has taken a while to really start to come back after COVID. I am starting to get out more to see fellow musicians in the community perform recently and also speaking with local venues about booking some upcoming shows myself. I really hope we start to see things pick up again because we used to have a lot of great local venues to perform in and also great support from fans and friends in the community.
And what are some of those activities that you engage yourself in when you aren’t writing or recording in the studio?
I am very much an outdoors person, whether it be hiking, swimming or kayaking. Living in Vancouver is very conducive to this lifestyle with the mountains and the ocean so close by. I am obsessed with hot yoga and also love cooking/entertaining and spending time with friends and family.