An Interview With My Brothers And I


My Brothers And I

Made up of brothers Erik, David, and Scott Wurgler, along with childhood friends Jordan Roach and Johnny Iliyn, this five-piece, indie/alternative band from the Pacific Northwest is ready to take the music world by storm. With their debut album Don’t Dream Alone set to release on September 18th, My Brothers And I will fill your speakers with lulling harmonies, throwback guitar riffs and memorable tunes that will leave you smiling. Keep reading to learn more about this awesome band, and to get an exclusive first listen of their new song “Granted” which comes out this Friday on their debut album. (Only available here on A Perfect Playlist!)

A Perfect Playlist: Introduce yourselves & tell me a little bit about how the band got started. What inspired you to start the band?

My Brothers & I: Johnny Iliyn, Keys. Jordan Roach, Guitar. Erik Wurgler, Bass. Scott Wurgler, Drums. David Wurgler, Lead Vocals.

performing(MBAI) Erik: We had all been playing in bands when David showed us a few song ideas he had recorded on Garage Band and for a high school kid at the time, they were pretty good. Because our other music projects had slowed down at the time, we decided to start writing songs together and shortly after booked our first gig. We just told our friends: “Hey, my brothers and I are playing our first show together” and then people started calling us My Brothers And I, the name stuck.

APP: How would you describe your sound?

(MBAI) Johnny: Our sound is full of throwback vibes, it’s catchy and easy to listen to. We have tight grooves and harmonies that support some really soulful melodies.

APP: When do you become inspired to write a song? What’s the first thing you do when you get an idea?

(MBAI) David: The first thing I do when I get an idea is record it on my phone! As for inspiration, we can become inspired to write a song at any moment. Sometimes just one line of lyric will find its way into my head, other times inspiration comes through the routine of practice. Sitting down at the piano and playing the same old songs and then boom, you just starting playing a new one. We don’t rely on just one songwriter or one approach and I think that’s what makes our music special.

APP: If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

on stage(MBAI) Scott: While I recognize albums like Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as being amazing works of art, I’m not arguing my personal choice for greatest album of all time. I think when anyone tries to answer this question their reasons are going to be very personal, about how they connected with the music and lyrics. There’s a nostalgia factor. I can’t speak for everyone, but for me that’s How I Got Over by The Roots. It’s an album that communicates all the highs and lows of life. It’s real, moments of brokenness but also triumph, as well as encouragement. I hope there are people out there that connect with our album in that way.

APP: What’s your favorite thing to write a song about?

(Erik): I don’t know yet. I feel like we’re just getting started. Judging by this album, our one and only, it’s definitely relationships, good or bad. The highs of “Maddy Brown” or the lows of “Nowhere to Run” and “Mistakes”. But for most of music’s history, the topic most songs have been written about is love. There’s nothing new under the sun, we just try and do it a little different and be as original as we can.

APP: Who were some of your musical inspirations as a kid, and who are they now?

erik(MBAI) Jordan: Well, as kids I can remember being at the Wurglers’ house when David was probably 12 years old… He would be in the band room by himself, with the microphone turned on, singing along to Nirvana turned up full blast. So, a lot of the typical hit music from the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Currently, we’re all big fans of anything from Allen Stone to James Blake to Misterwives – two of those guys we get to play shows with, which is nuts. This is always the hardest question to answer, because we’re inspired by literally every genre of music, but you won’t necessarily hear them all when you listen to us.

APP: Dream collab?

(David): We would all love to pick Ryan Tedder’s brain. From writing to producing, that guy does it all and he does it well. A dream collaboration as far as performance though, it would have to be singing with Adele. Playing and singing with her would be amazing, we all really love her style, too.

APP: What are some of the venues you’ve performed at, and what is your dream venue?

(Johnny): We’ve only played along the west coast, so venue’s like The Showbox in Seattle, Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, and The Doug Fir and Aladdin Theatre in Portland. But our dream venue is easy, Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, Colorado!

recordingAPP: Describe your upcoming album “Don’t Dream Alone” in three words. Is there a particular reason you named it that?

(Erik): Harmonies, Catchy, and Authentic. The title “Don’t Dream Alone” comes from lyrics found in our song called “Dream”. We felt like it described the journey we’ve been on to get to this point. Us three brothers moved back home to afford the privilege of working on music and playing gigs. We then caught the eye of a manager from LA, who then got us our first record deal, and now we’re releasing our debut album. We all had the same dream but we never could have accomplished anything on our own.

APP: I got the opportunity to listen to your unreleased debut album recently. I absolutely loved “Granted,” “Scars,” and “Maddy Brown”! Without giving too much away, where did the inspiration for those songs come from?

(David): Thank you, we really appreciate that! I can’t give too much away about “Maddy Brown” because it’s all in the song already – Haha! Yes, Maddy Brown is a real person. After I met her I started writing the song, but we never actually dated or even went out or anything. “Granted” was inspired by a combination of things we were all going through in different relationships. We were all so caught up in ourselves and in our work that none of us were treating other people the way they deserved.image

(Scott): …and, with “Scars” we wanted to speak hope into people. If you feel afraid or alone, just know we’ve been there, too, and it’s not the end, it’s just the beginning. Sometimes when the foundation is bad, we need to be broken down before we can be built up. But, just ignoring your feelings and waiting for time to be the change you seek, is not the answer.

APP: Anything else you want to say to readers of A Perfect Playlist?

(Jordan): Thank you for reading and we hope you enjoy our music! Our debut album “Don’t Dream Alone” is out everywhere music is available on September 18th!

Click below to hear “Granted,” an exclusive track from the band’s debut album, Don’t Dream Alone!

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All photos courtesy of David James Visuals & Instagram.

LISTEN UP: Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges in concert

When I first heard “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges, I assumed he was a 50’s singer. His smooth, Sam Cooke-esque vocals mixed with some killer guitar riffs, doo-wopping backup singers and sprinkled-in saxophone solos make his debut album sound like something straight out of a 1950’s diner jukebox. (Photo on the left by: digboston)

26-year-old soul singer Leon Bridges burst onto the music scene after signing with Columbia Records in December of last year. Before that point, he worked as a dishwasher in Fort Worth, Texas, while occasionally performing at small, open-mic gigs around his city. Things have only gotten crazier for Leon since being discovered last year. After signing with Columbia, Leon played gigs all over Texas, supported singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten in NYC, received the award for Top 10 Most Viral Track on Spotify for his debut single, “Coming Home” (which is amazing, by the way), and he is planning to continue playing numerous shows around the world over the next few months.


Photo by Julio Enriquez

It’s so refreshing to see artists like Leon succeeding in the music industry today. With a truly retro voice and style, Leon sings straight from the heart. I love that he’s reviving a nostalgic genre of music in a way that’s captivated a young audience–teenagers (as well as adults) all around the world are swooning over Leon’s silky-smooth harmonies, vintage-inspired Instagram posts, and dance-worthy choruses.

Leon’s beautiful song “Lisa Sawyer,” which he wrote about his mother and her life story, was key in jumpstarting his music career. After its release on SoundCloud last year, the song hit 800,000 views and sparked the interest of more than 40 record labels.

With influences like Arthur Alexander, Sam Cooke, & Otis Redding inspiring him everyday, Leon’s songwriting centers around personal experience. I love this quote from  from his recent chat with “In the beginning, I was so inspired by the music. I had the option to make something modern with classic undertones, but I wanted to make something that was exactly like that old sound. Of course, it’s going to come out in my own way because I have R&B influences, but it’s cool how my songwriting works out; a lot of the time, I’m not writing just classic-sounding songs, but songs that come from experience. Look at “Brown Skin Girl,” a song I wrote about my ex-girlfriend, or “Twistin’ & Groovin,'” which is about my grandparents. I love the pioneers like Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, but when I write music, it comes out in my own way. ”

(Make sure to check out the full interview here!leon-album-cover)

My favorite tracks on Coming Home are “River” (the guitar intro & chorus are so lovely), “Coming Home” (Leon nails the perfect retro music video with this one) & “Better Man.”

Find Leon Bridges below, and make sure to get yourself a copy of his debut album, “Coming Home.”