Multitalented Musician, Bri Tolani, is in the midst of an invigorating journey of discovery and experience which has created the space for her to find and expand herself through her artistry. I caught up with Bri for a great chat about mental health, staying in touch with her fans through social media, the touching meaning behind her recent single “Hazy” and more.
Congrats on the release of your new single“Hazy”. Tell us about the message that you intended to portray.
“Hazy” is about my struggles with anxiety. The main hook “everything is just so damn hazy” refers to a specific symptom or anxiety I battle with called dissociation. It’s where the world around me feels dream-like or “hazy” and my brain feels foggy. It’s a common thing that can happen to anyone, but the feeling scaredmeandIwrote this as a way to releasing those emotions.
Though a broad question, what have you learned about yourself and what skills have you developed through working in the music industry.
I have learned a lot. But the main thing I have learned is thatIreally like producing.Inever thought production is somethingIwould get into but asI’ve started to learn more and more about it,I love it. “Hazy” is the first songthat I produced and it was such a fun experience.
Showcasing the human in you, what is a challenging thought that you recently had and were able to overcome over time?
I think somethingIstruggle with a lot is being impatient. I have these thoughts that my career isn’t moving fast enough as it should and stuff like that, when in reality it’s moving at a perfect pace.Remindingmyselfthat these things take time and that there’s no correct way or timeline for one’s career to take off is very helpful and somethingI need to keep doing. ￼
What is your perception on the digital world that we live in and social media culture?
Honestly, it’s a love hate relationship.Ifit wasn’t for socialmedia,Iwouldn’t be able to talk to my fans every day.However, social media can give me very, verybad anxiety.IknowI’mnot alone on that one,but ingeneralIthink the digital world we are in now allows us to connect with our fans on alevel artist couldn’t before, which trumps all else.
No career path oramountof followers negates the fact that you are a human being that has feelings. Tell us about some parts of you beyond being a musician that you take pride in.
Itake pride in my sense of humor. Humor is so important to me andIlove making people laugh.I also take pride (and hope to stay this way)being down to earthand real with people.Inever want to come off as pretentious or anything like that.Like you said, I’mjust another human andIwant to always stay the same person no matter what happens in my career.
As you are exposed to tons of stimulus, how do you proactively take care of your mental and emotional health when you’re out on the road?
Itry to implement little things into my dailyroutine.Itry to take moments throughout the day to just breath and try to not think about anything.My brain is so scattered all day and so many things are going through myhead,soItry to clear my mind every now and then.Ialso never do anything that pushes me too far on a mental level – no matter what, my mental health comes first.
If you could trade existences with your favorite cartoon character growing up, who would you choose and why?
Iwould trade existences with Bugs Bunny.He’s always in a good mood and always making people smile.He’s also very energetic, whichIlove.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
I guess just to let people know if you’re struggling mentally you are not alone.So many people out there understand what you’re going through and can relate.To my fans, feel free to DM me whenever youwishandvisit my website for global mental health resources.