OGCB at Philippine Relief Fundraiser

BrittneyMany times as soon as Rock4aCause had a call to artist volunteers, Brittney Burchett would be the first one to answer. OGCB is no more, but I did get a chance to peek inside half of the bands brain. 21 questions, 21 answers here we go!

R4aC: Who is your greatest female inspiration?
BB: Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Courtney Love of Hole, and Janis Joplin too.

R4aC: Where were you born?
BB: Sacramento, Ca

R4aC: What brought you to Ventura
BB: My mom and dad moved here when I was 5 months old.

R4aC: Do have any say about unlawful Police brutality?
BB: All we can really do about police brutality is actually make the punishments the same for police officers as we do for regular criminals on the street. If the murder isn’t for self defense, then they should be locked up like any other murderer.

R4aC: If you can say one thing to all the people that adore your singing/performances, what would it be?
BB: I would encourage everyone to express themselves through any outlet that is healthy, even if they don’t think they have “talent.” And to never give up on your dreams and ambitions of course.

R4aC: Would you say you are on good terms with your exes?
BB: Most of them, yes. I don’t like burning bridges. And I’ve made music with almost all of them, so it’s a hard thing to completely forget or want to disconnect from.

R4aC: What do you love most about performing music?
BB: I love the adrenaline rush and vibing off of the crowd, especially when I improvise.

R4aC: Dog or Cat, choose one.
BB: Dog

R4aC: Have you ever cried while singing?
BB: No.

R4aC: Why did you pick the color blue for your hair?
BB: Because it’s my favorite color and I have to dye it less because blue stays in your hair longer than most colors. And it’s the color of the ocean.

R4aC: What’s your favorite cover song to perform?
BB: Give Me One Reason by Tracy Chapman. And Black Dog by Led Zeppelin for karaoke.

R4aC: How many songs have you written?
BB: Over 400 for multiple bands and solo. I’ve been in 6 bands or so.

R4aC: Daaaaaamn, literally over 400? That you have written?
BB: Yes, I write a song almost every week. Since I was 16.

R4aC: Do you have them all filed away or are they all just chillin in memory?
BB: They are recorded so I can learn them again if I want.

R4aC: What do you like to write songs about?
BB: Yes

R4aC: Should Ventura County allow medical cannabis dispensary storefronts?
BB: Yes, I’ve worked at one delivery dispensary so far. In ventura. It’s a medicine, not a drug. It’s a plant and it’s safe.

R4aC: What do you like most about Rock 4 a Cause?
BB: The community and the people that volunteer their time and energy for a good cause.

R4aC: What do you think about CNN?
BB: I don’t watch tv, and I definitely don’t watch the news.

R4aC: Where do you get your news from?
BB: Online sources or documentaries online.

R4aC: What’s a doc that has resenated with you?
BB: Happy. It’s about people that are, or unhappy around the world and where they find their source of happiness.

R4aC: What do you predict America and society will look like in 30 years?
BB: Hopefully better. It’d be really awesome if we got rid of double standards that have to do with gender and sexuality (something I promote in my music). It would also be nice if our food was actually organic with no GMO’s and fast food was less of a commodity for hardworking people. If more people started growing their own food it would help a lot.

Tyler Middlestadt at Philippine Relief Fundraiser

R4aC: Why do you do spoken word?
TM: It’s a passion of mine, a great creative outlet for expressing my views on the world, and hopefully impact how others see and understand the world around them. I believe poetry is the most powerful vehicle for shifting culture and opening hearts, it gives us all a chance to wear the shoes of someone else’s experience or opinions and that empathy can be profoundly impactful.

R4aC: Do you use obscenity to help convey your perspective?
TM: Not obscenity, although some artists do. I sometimes use graphic language or heavy subject matter, powerful delivery, etc to wake people up to the impact of what is being communicated. I think alot of the power of transformative poetry is about moving a narrative along in a comprehensible way, but with an intensity, abstract nature, or a pace of movement that keeps the listeners heart/mind off balance… this keeps people out of a place where they can prejudge what they are

R4aC: How long have you lived in Ventura?
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R4aC: What do you think about CNN?
TM: The news channel? Well, as far as MSM goes, I guess they’re par for the course. I am very skeptical of all MSM outlets, they are in a business to make money, and being truthful doesn’t always turn a profit. Jeff Bezos has really changed their format and content to tailor to the maxim mag crowd, sensationalizing at every opportunity, dumbing it down, and following the Fox News style of all graphics all the time… just look at what they reported for the disappearing flight over the Indian Ocean, they talked about alien abduction and or an interdimensional space portal… not that I’m necessarily opposed to the possibility of these phenomena, but come on, how much more Jerry Springer can you make the news, without calling it Fox and Friends?

R4aC: What does MSM mean?
TM: Mainstream Media

R4aC: What’s your favorite color?
TM: Indigo

R4aC: Favorite Dr. Seuss book?
TM: Hmmmm, cat in the hat i guess…

R4aC: What is the best way to educate the children of the future and present?
TM: Play in nature, support natural curiosity, be honest about life, death, love, and sex from the time the questions begin, and find solutions together to whatever problems or challenges they encounter in their life. Whatever happens in school/college will happen, education is something of life to be created, not indoctrinated. Help them find their awesome potential, amd get out of the way (while maintaining appropriate boundaries for safety, socialization, kindness/manners, and respect for others/elders)

R4aC: What do you like most about Rock 4 a Cause?
TM: It’s great to create an outlet for local talent to get their voices and music in the scene, and tying it to a benefit is a super creative way to draw in a crowd that otherwise may not know how awesome the local talent is! It’s a great synergy.

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