Last week on 414 Live we had a very unique performance by Milwaukee’s hometown hero, Brett Newski. Amid the news of COVID-19, Radio Milwaukee had decided to close its doors to the public to protect our listeners and the community, and later in the afternoon, Newski’s own show was canceled at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Nonetheless, we decided we wanted to bring these highly anticipated tunes to the airwaves and bring the entertainment and fun directly to you so we set up a cafe table, two stools and put a small cactus between myself and Brett (a germ deterrent) to bring to you Cafe Newski. One other notable is that the “No Tomorrow” or Matt Spatola, Newski’s drummer and producer, was the sole audience member.
Newski’s new album “Don’t Let The Bastards Get You Down,” comes out April 3 and after the release of “What’d Ya Got To Lose,” we got the radio world premiere of a handful of these songs. We chatted about his recent tour in South Africa, being bullied, social media influence, eating cheeseburgers while watching planes go by, isolation and their most ambitious tour ever.
Brett offers the sage advice to emerging musicians that “you just need to stay in the game…you do it long enough, you feel like a pro.”
You can stream the interview and a performance of the never-before heard songs off of Brett Newski’s upcoming album release.