26 Feb Recording Artist & Songwriter, Bryan Finlay is a Derks Man
Our Derks Man articles are dedicated to celebrating our long-term clients, interesting men from around YEG, guys we’re inspired by, and guys that make our clothing look damn good. In this edition of #DerksMan, we interview up-and-coming recording artist & songwriter, Bryan Finlay.
Bryan Finlay first got his start by competing on 91.7 the bounce against 140 other local musicians. After handily winning the competition, Bryan caught the attention of Canadian pop/R&B artist Shawn Desman. From there, Bryan’s career has been on the up-and-up and things are looking quite bright for the talented singer / songerwriter.
If you want to take a peek at the kind of music he is putting out into the world, here’s his hit single Good Times.
Hair styled by: Raveena from Ricci Hair
Clothing styled by: Sean
Photography: Sociallite Communications
Now let’s get to the interview!
Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Bryan Finlay. I’m a Canadian Pop Recording Artist and Songwriter. I was born and raised in Edmonton.
When did you realize your passion was music?
I think I first realized when I was in Grade 7. I performed at the school talent show. The feeling of being in front of a crowd was like none other. I knew I had to keep doing it.
Suit: Van Gil’s
Pocket square: Tino Cosma
Shirt: Stenstroms citrus, lavender and blue (spring 2015 new arrival)
Does music run in your family or are you a lone wolf?
I am definitely a lone wolf. Haha.
What was the highest point in your career so far?
So far, getting a Top 50 radio hit in Canada!
Blazer: Tombolini spring 2015 new arrival
Shirt: Stenstroms mint green (spring 15)
Socks: Happy Feet
What’s a day in the life of Bryan Finlay look like?
I wake up, check all of my social media. Check emails, answer emails. Read articles on Billboard.com. Work out. Depends on the day, but I might write with my producers or co-writers, visit some radio stations, or have general label meetings. At night I might have a rehearsal. Then I’ll go home and catch up on my fav tv shows.
Where do you look for inspiration in both your daily life and your music?
I listens to lots of music. All types of genres. From the 1940’s to Modern day. For songwriting, I can get ideas almost anywhere. I can be at the grocery store and overhear something someone says and it can spark an idea. I usually start with a title or a concept and go from there.
What advice would you give someone hoping to break into the music industry?
If you want to have your music heard, be persistent. People aren’t going to help you at first. You’re gonna have to find alternate ways of getting heard by the right people. Always be memorable!
Shirt: Zanerobe spring new arrival
Jacket: J Lindeberg
What song do you have on repeat right now?
All of You – Betty Who
How would you describe your personal style?
My style is constantly changing. But I think its mostly 90’s grunge/80’s greaser/70’s funk (if that makes any sense haha)
Blazer: J Lindenberg
Outside of music, what else do you love to do?
I’m obsessed with horror movies. I tend to binge watch them. I also love camping, hiking, bike riding. I’m always outside in the summer.
Favourite place to eat in Edmonton?
I really love Dadeo on Whyte Ave. I love cajun cooking and they don’t disappoint! But, I also love El Cortez, just off of Whyte Ave. The vibe of that place is amazing!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope to be living somewhere warm haha. But Canada will always be my home. I want to own my own record label maybe. Make music 24/7. Help develop new artists. I hope to be making music forever.
Sweater: Tiger of Sweden
Shirt: Sand Polka dot button up
Any shoutouts or anything else you want to add?
Make sure to go grab a copy of my new single RICH off iTunes and follow me on all my social media links! www.bryanfinlay.com
Special thanks to Angela Ricci and Danielle Barbey at Ricci Hair Co for letting us use their space for the photo shoot and for supplying us with food and beverages during the shoot!
And as always, if you like any of the featured outfits, you’re more than welcome to come down to our Edmonton shop and snag a couple new threads. See you soon!