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MusicHi, I'm Laura Brehm. Ask me anything!

Aug 4th 2017 by laurabrehmmusic • 44 Questions • 193 Points

Thanks for your questions ! This AMA is now closed, but if you have a question that you wanted to ask and I wasn't able to answer, go to this link and choose the "Ask a Question" button: https://laurabrehm.fanbridge.com/ and I will get back to you! <3

Proof that it's me: http://imgur.com/a/nfzy9

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New phone who dis?

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Hellooooo


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Why was Diamond Sky so shit?

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Because Laura Brehm ghost produced it. And Elliot wrote the vocals. <3


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I see what you did there. Clever girl.

In all seriousness Diamond Sky was the first song I heard with you and I simply loved it! Keep doing what you do!

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Thank you :)


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Hey Laura, long time fan here, I love all your music and vocals, and I just wanted to say you're a huge inspiration to me. The Breathe EP is some of my favourite work from you, as well as your Future Holds EP with Evoke. I love it all so much.

My question is, how do you warm up and practice for a vocal performance or recording? Any specific techniques you use that can be put into place for other people? Also, what's a good way to widen your vocal range?

Also, bonus question, how long have you been playing guitar, piano (and anything else) and singing for?

Thank you very very much! Love you loads! x

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Hi! Thanks for the love. :) I'm glad you like my work!

I have found some really good tutorials on YouTube to learn how to properly warm up, train your voice, and expand your vocal range. My favorite channel so far is this one: https://www.youtube.com/user/EricArceneaux . Check out the professional vocal warm ups playlist on there; super simple and really effective. Another way to get better at singing is just to sing as much as you can, and to sing songs that you love!

I have been singing since before I can remember, probably around 2 years old. I have been playing piano since age 5 (classically trained), and then I picked up a guitar at age 13. I'm almost 27 now. :)

Thanks for your questions!


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how come you decided to post in /r/iama rather than a more specific subreddit like /r/monstercat or /r/edm /r/electronicmusic etc?

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Because I'm not just talking about electronic music here. Perhaps next time I do one I'll post in one of those! :)


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That'd probably work out a lot better for you

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Thanks, I'll consider that. :)


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I loved your collab with Anna Yvette. Will you be working with more female vocalists in the future?

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I'm glad! Yes, I will continue working with Anna Yvette and I would love to collaborate with Danyka Nadeau, Veela, Charlotte Haining, Katie from Koven, Q'AILA, Daniela Andrade, & MYLK!


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have you ever thought about reaching out to owl city for a collab?

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Yes! I love that idea. Perhaps I will have to reach out to him sometime soon.. :)


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In your mind, what song was your "big break"? Is there a single song that you can attribute to really pushing you into the limelight of the electronic music scene?

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It had to have been "Waking Dreams" with TwoThirds back in 2012, because that was the first song I released on Monstercat. After that, "Dreams" with Rogue, "We Won't Be Alone" with Feint and "Monody" with TheFatRat were all huge pushes. :)


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Waking Dreams is such an amazing tune.

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Thank you!! <3


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What can we expect after the remix ep? (:

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New EDM collaborations, and a new solo single before the end of the year. :)


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Hey Laura! Do you have any plans on doing more covers? They are awesome.

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Yes!! I plan on doing a lot more live performance videos for my YouTube channel. I'm going to continue the EDM goes Acoustic series as well as do covers of songs by other artists. I'm glad that you like them!


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Yes! Please could you do a live performance of 'words'? That'd be awesome!

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Yes, I will do one for "Words"!


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Who are some people you dream of collaborating with?

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Imogen Heap, Royksopp, Zedd and Ellie Goulding to name a few! :)


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Yes, Zedd, please!!!!!!

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:D !!


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With Ellie! 0#0

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yesss !


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What was your biggest challenge in creating you new album? Were there any points during production where you had to go outside your comfort zone? Love the album btw, been playing everyday since release <3

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Thanks!! Glad you are enjoying it! My biggest challenge was learning how to mix properly. I learned how to mix vocals, piano, guitar, banjo, and synths separately and then all together. It took a lot of trial and error, because I have mainly worked with just recording/engineering my vocals. If I had done full production such as drums, bass, and more of those elements, that would have been way further outside of my comfort zone! So, I think producing a folk EP was a good place for me to start. :)


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Your song suppressant with yh is one of my all time favorite songs. What was the inspiration behind that song?

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That song was written by yh and I just performed the female vocal bit for him, but I believe his inspiration behind it was how love can be like a drug that makes you lose sleep.


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Do you have a personal favorite song you've made so far?

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I think my solo song, "Fall in Love", is still my favorite I've made to this day. I wrote it a long time ago, but it was probably the most inspired song I've ever written. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBzD9VCaI1A


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That is awesome to hear. Thanks for answering my question.

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No prob!!


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I love your songs. Do you plan on doing more songs with Rezz? Any plans on collabs with Veela?

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Thanks I'm glad! I don't have plans to do more songs with Rezz or to collab with Veela at the moment, but I'm sure it's highly possible! Love them both.


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Where is your most favourite place in the whole world?

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Hey Matt! There are 3 so far: England, Colorado, and Hawaii. :)

What about you?


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heya! italy definitely has a place in my heart- also a big fan of liverpool ☺️ love the new ep!!

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I want to see Italy ! Yess Liverpool is amazing. Would love to go back there. Thank youuu <3


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Is your right foot more ticcklish than your left knee?

If you ever got an oatmeal raisin cookie when you ordered a chocolate chip cookie would you remove the raisins and pelt the dumbass server who wronged you?

Do you want free banjo lessons? Can I give you free banjo lessons?

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My right foot is more ticklish. I wouldn't order a cookie at all because I don't really like sweets other than chocolate covered strawberries. And I would never make someone give me banjo lessons for free!! I would pay for that. :)


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I love your work, any plans on working with ephixa again? I loved "losong you"!!!

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Thanks!! Yes. :) He did a remix for one of my songs which will be on the Breathe Remixes EP. We also have another collaboration that is finished and we are sorting out the release for it.


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Favourite song from the EP?

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"Parallel" because it's the most experimental.


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It's now stuck in my head. Thanks haha

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Hahah XD


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I LOVE YOU SO MUCH! What's your source of inspiration?

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:) <3 !! Mainly, all things ethereal. Dreams especially. Also: love, other music, films, novels, and being outdoors are huge sources of inspiration.


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Dear Laura, Do you have other hobbies apart from making music?

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Yes. I love spending time being active outdoors. I also love watching films, reading, and studying psychology.


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Are you planning on working with Anna Yvette again? :D

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Yes, definitely!! :)


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Hi Laura, I'm a really big fan of you from Italy. I'd like to ask you: Do you have any plans for a world tour, sooner or later? :))

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I'm glad you like my music!! I don't have plans for a world tour in the near future, but it's something I will be working on! :)


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Hey Laura, I just want you to know that one of my all time favorite tracks is your collab with Draper, Night Rider. Keep doing what you do because your voice brings joy to a lot of us!

Quick question, do you have any hobbies? If so what are they?

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Hey! So I did two songs with Draper, one of them is called "Pressure" and the other is called "All I See". :)

And thank you, I'm glad!

My hobbies outside of music include hiking, yoga, reading, watching films, and learning about psychology!


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What would you say, in your experience, are common big mistakes people make when mixing vocals?

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Putting too many vocal effects on them, and having them not sit up front and prominently in the mix.


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Hello, Laura. Love your voice:) What are your favourite movies or cartoons?

Edit: grammar

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Thank you! :) I love so many movies! Star Wars, Across the Universe, The Hunger Games, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Donnie Darko are some of my favorites. I'll watch just about any film though. My favorite cartoon is South Park. I'm also getting into Rick & Morty!


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As someone who is obsessed with logos and design, I have to say your logo looks great! What was the inspiration that went into it?

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Thanks!! Graphic artist Seth Grym did my logo (http://grymlife.com/). He had the idea that since my last name Brehm has a few of the same letters as the word dream, he could make Brehm look as though it could be the word dream as well. :) I also wanted the logo to include diamond shapes in the A letters and got that idea after I did the song "Diamond Sky" with Elliot Berger.


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Any plan on a song with tristam? I'd love that :D

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I don't have a plan to collaborate with Tristam, but I would certainly like to! I'll have to reach out to him sometime soon and see if he'd be interested. :)


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Any chance of a future collab with Draper again?

Also what is your current favorite track?

Keep up the amazing work! <3

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Yes! We have a new song in the works that we started writing while I was in London. :) My favorite current track is probably "All I Can Think About Is You" by Coldplay. And thank you!!


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Excited to hear that! You two always do great things together :D

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Thank you! :D


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Hey Laura! I've been a fan of you for a while, i especially liked your work in Valkyrie I and III, and really enjoy singing along to them, but i have no chance of reaching the higher notes, and am generally off-key alot, what's the easiest way you've found to practice in these areas?

Also, are you planning to collab with Feint or Draper again any time soon? They've all been consistently great and would love to see more.

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Hi! I'm glad you like the songs from the Valkyrie trilogy, I had fun recording those. :) If you play guitar or piano or know someone who does, it may help to have them learn the song and then sing along to it acoustically, changing the key if need be. If the notes are too high for your range, you can always lower the key to better suit your voice. Also, try searching for vocal instructional videos on YouTube. One of my favorite channels is https://www.youtube.com/user/EricArceneaux . Hope that helps! I definitely plan on continuing to work with both Feint and Draper. :) Glad you like our collabs!


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Hey Laura! Love all of your work and I'm excited for everything you have in store for us. Dreams with Rogue really got me into the electronic scene, it's such a masterpiece.

Quick Question, but are there any music labels you're aiming to release on in the near future?

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Thanks!! I'm so glad. :) I will continue to release on my own label, Electric Bird Records, but I would also love to release a few EDM collaborations on labels such as OWSLA, Dim Mak, and Ultra as well as continue to release with Monstercat and NCS!


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Out of all the Monstercat artists you've collabed with, who was your favourite to work with and why?

And also, just wanted to say you have the most beautiful voice I've had the pleasure of hearing, by a mile. Seriously, like listening to an angel singing.

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It's so difficult to pick a favorite; I have enjoyed working with all of them!!

And thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoy listening!


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I love your vocals!!! When's more content coming out?

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The Breathe Remix EP will be out August 25th, and then I have several new EDM collaborations that will be released through to the end of the year as well as a new solo single!! :)


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Hello!

I am sorry if this question may be a bit hard, but what was one of the most difficult things you've faced in your career, and how did you work through it?

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Good question! One of the most difficult things for me was overcoming anxiety. Although this wasn't mainly something that had to do with my career, it definitely affected it, and the pressure of my job added to the anxiety that was already there. I had a lot of self-doubt and I would be too much of a perfectionist. I've overcome it by realizing that making mistakes is how you learn and grow, that perfect doesn't exist, and that you can always try again.


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Hi Laura, I'm a huge fan and nothing can be said differently apart from that your music is simply wonderful and Breathe I feel is a masterpiece.

So my question (or questions) to you is what made you want to go into the EDM scene apart from other Genres? And where have you learned to incorporate that into your own style of music as you seem to blend EDM with Folk, Pop, and even Alternative?

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Thank you so much! Going into the EDM scene isn't something I planned, it just kind of happened! And I'm glad it did. :) Before I did vocals for EDM, I had already been working on my solo music for 5 years and that is where I got my folk/pop/alternative roots. You can find my first 2 solo albums from this time period on my Bandcamp page. The albums are called 'Day to Day' and 'Dreams': https://laurabrehm.bandcamp.com/