19-year old Rylan Talerico, a self-taught musician/producer, performs and records as Brother Sundance.
Rylan began playing the drums at the age of two and spent hours at his kit teaching himself his favorite songs as a child. Later, as a teenager, he picked up the guitar and began to sing, which eventually culminated in creating a punk-blues band, Wallace, with a group of friends. Wallace gained quick popularity, playing the South Florida underground circuit heavily for a year, and winning a Song of The Year award from The New Times Magazine.
But as Wallace gained in local awareness and was gigging several days a week, Rylan’s personal musical interests were evolving rapidly as he explored writing, recording and producing a new alt/pop sound. That exploration eventually led him to disband Wallace, and Brother Sundance was born.
Brother Sundance was a play on a family nickname—his parents and sister often called him derivations of the title Brother, to denote his role in the family. Brother Sundance was a frequent moniker and one that Rylan felt represented his new path forward. A path that would blur the lines of alternative, pop, DIY with his heavy interest in art, design and business in a new alchemy of a modern performing artist.
As a prolific artist, the Brother Sundance visual story—original artwork, photography, album art and merchandise design is all created or directed by Rylan himself. He sees these as integral to the music experience. Likewise, as a solo recording artist, he writes and produces all of the music, including playing every instrument.
For live performances he is grateful to be joined by an incredible group of talented musicians and friends to bring his music to life on stage. His love of performing is evident in his high energy set. “A performance is a way to bring together past and present. The past is the album, the recorded instance of each song which remain unchanged. The present is the show, the moment at hand, the audience, the venue. Living in that moment is important to me, and I love it.” he says of his show.
The Brother Sundance debut EP, Honey, is out now. The single Blind, has already been streamed over 6.5 million times, and he was selected as Apple Music’s New Artist of the Week. He’s also been featured on the Best of the Week Playlist several times and was named as a top 25 viral band in Canada by Spotify.