The Company Men’s Brian Purcell Chats About The Band’s Start And Inspirations0 Comments

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Posted on 21 Feb 2015 at 9:13am

The Company Men

Mashup group The Company Men, comprised of Daniel Tatar, Stuart Ambrose, Shawn Perucca and Brian Purcell, first formed in 2011 when they left their respective careers to pursue music. Together, the band combines and mashes up hits from multiple genres, including Motown, rock, pop and today’s Top 40 in front of audiences worldwide. I recently caught up with band member Brian Purcell to learn more about the group, their inspirations and their newly released album, #throwbackPOP.

I see that you guys frequently mix old school and contemporary hits. Do you have a favorite mashup that you’ve done?

One we’re doing right now, which actually was an older mashup in our set that we’ve kind of updated, incorporates “Kiss” by Prince with “Mercy” by Duffy and then we’ve recently updated it by also adding in “All About That Bass” [by Meghan Trainor] and “Bang Bang,” [by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj] so we do all four at the same time.

Who are some of your favorite artists right now?

I can only speak for myself, but I can tell you as a group we have a collective taste and we identify with certain artists. Artists that we emulate but also enjoy include artists like Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake, who have a throwback kind of vibe but remain very contemporary. As a group, those are artists we really identify with as well as Robin Thicke. But, because there’s four of us, we each have our own individual artists that we bring to the table. I’m personally a huge fan of Marvin Gaye and John Legend. Then you have Shawn who’s a big fan of Michael Jackson, who also served as a huge inspiration for him. Daniel is very inspired by 80s pop artists like Rick Springfield and Stuart, at the other end of the spectrum, is inspired by Josh Groban types. We kind of hit all realms. I think we all have different personalities that compliment each other.

You guys estimate that you all cover about 45 songs in a 90 minute show. How do you guys prepare for that?

You know, it’s definitely an acrobatic activity – vocally, mentally and physically. We’ve been doing this show now for about three years and I would say the most time was spent in the early stages in year one really just remembering what was going into what. When we were building everything, I mean because there are so many different songs and genres, and then on top of that there’s multiple harmonies. It was very challenging but a wonderful thing. Now it’s kind of become second nature. Now a song will come on the radio and then one of us will go “Oh, well this song will go great with that!” so now it’s kind of become a part of our DNA.

Can you talk a little bit more about the start of the group and how you all came together?

We originally started in a Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons tribute act. Prior to that, we all had been singers here and there in our lives but we all left that world and became 9-to-5 workers. I worked for an executive search firm, Shawn worked for an amusement park, Daniel built websites and Stuart was a prior Marine and is a reserve in the U.S. Coast Guard. So we all had these 9-to-5 jobs and this tribute act brought us together. There are multiple shows going on around the country with this group, but we were put together as the cast out of LA. There was one show that we did together in Vegas and we were sitting there going “Wow you know what, we have a sound,” or at least we felt like we had a sound, so why aren’t we doing this on our own? So literally after that show, we went the next day to the spa to kind of hang out and talk. We started saying “Why don’t we create our own group? We all have 9-to-5 jobs so why don’t we call ourselves The Company Men and kind of do a play on that?” So that’s how the group started. What normally is talk actually turned into something real. We started a business and ended up being able to leave those 9-to-5 jobs to do this full-time.

Do you have a favorite performance you’ve done so far?

I would say when we launched our fall tour in October of 2014 at Club Nokia in downtown LA. That was a really special moment for us, launching our first U.S. tour and that being the kickoff. So many great people have played that room, and it was a blessing to start there.

Can you talk about your album, #throwbackPOP?

So our album #throwbackPOP was released the night we did our show at Club Nokia on October 22. Our original album was all covers of mashups, and we really had something more to say as a group and I think artistically we wanted to do our own music. So what we ended up doing was drawing from all of that inspiration of the last decade and currently from all of the music we’ve been mashing up and created what we like to call “Throwback Pop” which in it’s own right is it’s own genre because people listen to it and think it sounds familiar but yet it’s an original song. That’s what we wanted to capitalize on – writing songs that meant something to us that came out of all of these different artists who have inspired us over the years, but yet making people feel familiar and close to them without ever hearing them. So they kind of bring you back a little bit.

The Company Men’s album #throwbackPOP is available here.

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