Tomell: How does it feel to have completed the recording?
Bravos: I'm super excited to finally put this project out … to share this music that captures my own personal experience with romance in college. I hope a lot of people will be able to see some of their own experiences in the music. [I also] wanted to give younger gay people another voice to listen to. … There's a whole audience of people who need to be represented.
Tomell: Did others collaborate with you on the album?
Bravos: I wrote all the music. I wrote all the lyrics with a little bit of help on two songs with my friends [from school] who ended up recording and playing on the album – Ryan Donlin on electric bass and Robby Kuntz [on] drums. We added some instruments in the studio, electric guitar and a saxophone on a few things.
Tomell: Where can people find your music?
Bravos: I have two singles on Spotify – "Find Your Way" and "Losing Track of Time." I'm happy people are responding so well to my first fully produced song – "Find Your Way." The album will be on all streaming services [including] Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play and iTunes.
Tomell: When is your next performance in the region coming up?
Bravos: At Uncommon Ground in Lakeview [in Chicago] on Friday, Feb. 15, a … farm-to-table restaurant. The music room is really intimate. It will be me on piano.
Tomell: A music video is in the works?
Bravos: I'm in the planning stage of my first music video. I reached out to a Chicago musician, Emily Blue. We're going to film at the end of February. I hope to release it in March. [The song is] "Paralyze Me."