Producer, songwriter, and performer, Mindchatter stretches the boundaries of what it means to be an artist by seamlessly blending influences ranging from the Brooklyn rave scene, to Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now.
With a childhood soundtrack of LCD Soundsystem, Stimming, and Richie Hawtin, Mindchatter, aka Bryce Connolly was exposed to an array of genres from a young age. Hailing from New York City, NY, Connolly sites the Brooklyn rave scene, subway, and walks through the neighborhoods as major inspirations for his artistry.
“I love New York, I love taking the subway- there’s so much inspiration there. You can walk down the street and just see 1000 different facial expressions, and I feel like I really gain a lot of inspiration from just walking around. “
Even with his rich creative background, being a solo artist wasn’t always the plan. After graduating from a four year business school, Connolly began diving deeper into his love of music production, and decided he wanted to become a producer for other artists. A conversation with a friend sparked the idea for him to move to LA for Icon Collective’s flagship music production program, and it was there that the Mindchatter alias was born.
“Mindchatter was never really on the horizon to be honest- I was going [to Icon] to be a producer. I had always been making music on my computer, making remixes and beats and stuff from a really young age. And then when I got to Icon I started really writing my own music and singing. [Mindchatter] was kind of out of nowhere for me.”
At Icon, Connolly honed his skills as a producer, vocalist, and songwriter, and felt immensely inspired by and drawn to one class in particular: Art of Flow.
“[Art of Flow is] spiritual, and how to be creative in a spiritual context. Like my artist name is Mindchatter, so obviously there I’m striving for stillness and clarity of mind at all times, and I write about that in my lyrics so there’s so much specific correlation between that class and what I do.”
After graduating from Icon, Connolly moved back to NYC with an arsenal of songs, signed to Mind of a Genius Records, and was soon after invited to join Polo & Pan on their world tour in 2019. While the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 interrupted certain aspects of his career, Connolly used it as an opportunity to stockpile even more music, and to release his debut 13 track album Imaginary Audience.
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to catch up with Mindchatter before his first ever headline show at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever where he brought the dance floor to life. We invite you to take a glimpse into Mindchatter’s world in this week’s alumni spotlight. Enjoy!