Q&A: Bearlain

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How did you come up with your artist name?
It was from a song from a band called PK (now Night Riots) Berelain. It used to be the name of my second band in High School but now I took it back and changed it to Bearlain because I love bears. They’re my favorite animal.

How would you describe your sound?
Not sure to be honest, but I’d say sad indie pop/synthpop or if Michael Jackson was a millenial and tried to remake Tame Impala’s album Currents.

When did you first become interested in playing music?
I was 8 when I found my dad’s dusty old classical guitar in the attic of our house. I never took my hands off of a guitar since and eventually when I was 12 I formed a pop punk band, and we played crappy arcades and high school gyms. That’s when I started taking to writing music very seriously.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s ever happened to you at a show?
This other band I’m in when I used to be the singer (now the drummer), I knocked the wind out of myself singing the second song and then the mexican food I had from across the street decided to want to expel itself at the same time. So the dancing I did on stage wasn’t for the sake of stage presence, it was just me hold it all in …

What are you listening to these days?
The 1975, BROCKHAMPTON, No Rome, a little bit of kpop, Michael Jackson always, and some J Dilla.

What are some of your favorite Bay Area music venues?
Art Boutiki in San Jose, The Fillmore and The Warfield in SF.

What does music mean to you?
Music means so much to where I can’t go a day without listening to at least a few albums or writing something down to as less as one line of a verse. Especially as a vessel to communicate unfilitered emotions and thoughts about life and mental health and relationships with friends.

What inspires you to write?
What inspires me to write is trying to communicate mental health in a way where it’s easy to understand and enough to express the emotions and struggles that happen on the bad days and the fear on the good days.

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?
I can talk with my mouth closed but i sound like a hanna barbera character.

Is there anything you’d like to plug?
My debut full length/mixtape whatever you’d like to call it, Suburban Trash, which will be on Soundcloud first and Spotify/Apple Music by the end of the year. Also my “website” www.bearlain.tumblr.com (domain coming soon !) and my Instagram: @bbbearlain


An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.