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Brett Newski [featured artist]

Brett Newski [featured artist]

At age 13, Brett Newski's dad "The Vin Man" suggested Newski get a job at Mcdonald’s in order to buy his first guitar. Newski was uncertain because his hands were still tiny and square, like goat hooves. But after seeing Barenaked Ladies to a sold out Milwaukee Amphitheatre, Newski felt the fire and walked down to fill out an application at the nearest Mcdonalds. He was hired.

At $5.15 an hour, it took a bit to acquire the guitar, but he did, and became obsessed by learning BNL and Better than Ezra songs. Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page became Newski's first musical hero.

Last year, Newski uncovered old notebooks of song ideas from two decades ago while still in high school, including early lyrical ideas for the "coming of age" tune "I Should've Listened to Ferris Bueller" which is now the lead track to "It's Hard to be a Person: the Soundtrack to the book." (The book is a collection of Newski’s quirky illustrations making fun of his own anxiety and depression, offering hacks and ideas to feel better in your brain.)

While Newski and his collaborator Spatola were finishing the song, Newski reached out to Steven Page to see if he would guest-vocal on the track. Page replied within 10 minutes and had vocal parts done within 48 hours.

"Showcases the unapologetically frank but not overly aggressive nature of 90s alt. rock perfectly."

American Songwriter

It's Hard to be a Person: Defeating Anxiety, Surviving the World, and Having More Fun

BRETT NEWSKI is an alternative songwriter, illustrator and podcaster based in Milwaukee, WI, USA. He has been featured on Rolling Stone, NPR, American Songwriter, SiriusXM, Boston Globe, and Paste. His latest book It's Hard to be a Person: Defeating Anxiety, Surviving the World, and Having More Fun has an accompanying soundtrack with 8 new songs. Featuring guest appearances by Steven Page (ex-Barenaked Ladies) and pat mAcdonald (Timbuk3).

Newski has played alongside acts like Pixies, Violent Femmes, Courtney Barnett, Manchester Orchestra, Better than Ezra & New Pornographers. He continues to tour over 100 dates per year.

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