For Bret Sears, it all begins with the performance.
Growing up in Southwest Baltimore, Sears was dancing almost as soon as he could walk. Inspired by 90’s pop stars, like NSYNC, Usher, and Britney Spears – as well as Total Request Live and the “old” Video Music Awards – he’d build a stage in his bedroom and practice his moves until they were perfect.
“My mom used to scream. Stuff would be missing like the ladder or something like that. She'd go in my room and I'd have the ladder. I'd have some curtains that were missing, and cut up head phones to reflect stage headsets. I'd have all this different type of stuff in my room because I'd make like a little stage. It was real nerdy but I think that's when I really started.”
From dancing in his bedroom to high school valedictorian and alum of Steve Harvey’s Disney Dreamers Academy, the goal has always been to excel and surpass expectations. “Never be boring!” he says. And maybe in part because Sears is a twin, to be different and innovative and surprising.
He looks to writers, artists, and producers like Diplo, Calvin Harris, “definitely” Dr. Luke, and Swedish hitmaker Max Martin for the inspiration to constantly push the envelope of his own creativity. Sears breaks down the songs of Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and many others the way he studied dance moves growing up. He experiments musically, combining different genres, trying different beats and patterns, while focusing on writing from the heart, feeling the emotion in the music and being inspired by it.
“Like you just can't turn poetry into music, you know what I mean? It's like a puzzle, I guess. Dancing, then music. And then I just started writing and it just all came together. So it felt... it felt right. Everything fit together.”
Working with producer Nate Lanzino at SongBuilder Studios, Sears found a collaborator who respected the inspiration and experimentation that is at the heart of his writing and performing. Together, they are creating music that recalls the best of 90s dance while situated firmly in the cutting edge present of electronic pop.
“I think the biggest thing that I want to do is be experimental. I think it's important to have people that you can feel comfortable with and come out your comfort zone – be experimental with – because that's how the best songs are made.”
Talent, drive, and heart are what make Bret Michael Sears an artist to watch. And whatever comes next, he promises to never, ever be boring.