We had the good fortune of connecting with William Brehm and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi William, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I think it’s normal to feel like giving up on a dream/goal/aspiration… We all face adversity, failure, and fear. And we all change over time. But there is never any reason to give up. So long as you stay true to yourself and what you love to do, at the end of the day, the only person that can really hold you back is yourself.
It’s never too late to accomplish anything you set your mind to.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve put together four solo albums over the last eight years. “RISE” in 2013, “Absolute” in 2014, “Infinity” in 2018 and “Atom Bombs and Pop Rocks” in 2019. I like to write albums that speak as a whole, like a book with chapters, the songs correspond with one another and always end with a finale that ties everything together. I’ve also released some covers, and classical piano compositions. I have to thank Nick Cocozzella for producing my first three albums and partly for Atom Bombs, I learned a ton about recording music from him. In all I sing, play acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, piano, and drums.
My influence comes mostly from Green Day, The Beatles, Nirvana, Yellowcard and Three Days Grace. Much of the thematic elements I include in my albums is greatly inspired by Billie Joe Armstrong’s writing in “American Idiot” and even more so in “21st Century Breakdown”.
I studied math at Metropolitan State University of Denver to later become a math tutor at Mathnasium and Kumon where I worked for three years. In 2018, I studied Audio Engineering at Recording Connections through Denver. I offer music production services and math tutoring through my website! Hit me up if you need math help or production services!
I can also teach guitar, piano, music production and video editing.
I want people to know that I put my heart and soul into the music that I’ve made and will continue to make as long as I live. I’ve had a tremendous battle against OCD, anxiety and depression. But thanks to my family, friends, and my best friend, Chelsey Burkholder, I’ve found a way through it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve lived in Denver for over nine years now so…
My favorite spots to eat would be Ted’s Montana Grill in Larimer Square if you want a burger, Hapa’s Sushi on Blake St. is absolutely amazing. Also, eat at the Buckhorn Exchange if you want a steak.
I love going to Avalanche, Rockies, and Broncos games when I can as well as snowboarding and chilling in the mountains. There’s tons to explore up there.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a huge shoutout to my mother, Susan Brehm. She is the strongest, most compassionate, most loving person I know. No matter what, she has always had my back. She is also a musician!
Growing up, she and her brother were in a band for 10 years, she’s put together solo albums, and she has sung for many years in several choirs including two trips to Carnegie Hall, NYC.
She’s a very talented songwriter. I highly recommend checking out her music! https://soundcloud.com/susan-elaine-brehm
Artwork by Seth Grym