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Rising Stars: Meet Bryce Menchaca

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bryce Menchaca.

Hi Bryce, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I’m originally from San Antonio, TX. I grew up there and moved to Denver in 2019 right before COVID. I’ve been playing music and writing music since the age of 13 or 14 (somewhere around there) and gravitated towards The Beatles, B.B. King, and folk music. I always looked at music as more of a getaway rather than a career but there came a point in my late teens when I realized I’d much rather give music a real shot.

I like to think it’s going pretty well so far, I release music on a cyclical schedule and try to put something out every year or so. When I was 18 I met my manager who’s sort of taken the reigns on getting work and building a team. I met my manager here in Denver and we started talking, from there it’s just been a roller coaster.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
This industry is incredibly cut-throat and I think it’s really important to keep that in mind. I signed a deal with BMG a little over a year ago and it took losing some friends and a lawyer just to sign it. It’s not for everybody but if you want it bad enough you’ll do just about anything to get there.

The road is long but I assure you the travel speed is 100mph. In the last year, there’s been so much going on with live shows and bands touring again now that COVID has died down, which means the opportunity for shows has increased.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My main trade is artistry in playing guitar or piano and writing songs. I also produce and engineer my music and sometimes other people’s as well. I also just got done shooting a film for Up TV called “Just Jake” where I play a 16-year-old orphan. It was a great experience and I’m excited for it to be released. Oh, and on the side, I sell cowboy boots too!

I’m proud of my latest song “Sausalito” which I wrote with Stelth Ulvang who’s a touring member of the Lumineers. Stelth also sang a verse on the track which is my favorite part. I think what sets me apart from others is I can’t settle on one genre because I go through too many phases. I think that allows me to expand and grow as an artist.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I think what pushes me to do my best work or to perform well, has usually been finding inspiration in other music and thinking to myself how I would love to know how to do that. I don’t typically go to a podcast or app to get my motivation going, rather finding a new band or song that just really gets me inspired.

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Tiffany Chung, Dan Sidor, Glenn Ross, and Katie Ford

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