What's In Your Fridge: Brittni Noble

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      What’s In Your Fridge is where the Straight asks interesting Vancouverites about their life-changing concerts, favourite albums, and, most importantly, what’s sitting beside the Heinz ketchup in their custom-made Big Chill Retropolitan 20.6-cubic-foot refrigerators.

      On the grill

      Brittni Noble

      Who are you

      A creative soul and heart who just wants to make a positive impact on this world and live a life of no regrets. I’m a very ambitious person and I like to set big goals for myself and go out and achieve them. My latest endeavour is launching my own music publishing company with an artist-first approach. As a songwriter myself, I wanted to create something that would empower, advocate and champion other local songwriters and be something that I wish I had when I first started writing songs as a little girl. You can find out more at www.benoblemusicpublishing.com

      First concert

      It was August 8, 1998 and my mum, brother, aunt, and cousins drove from Vancouver, B.C. to Tacoma, Washington to see the Spice Girls perform at the Tacoma Dome during their Spiceworld Tour. Of course we all dressed up as our favourite Spice Girl—myself as Sporty Spice—and I imagine we danced the night away belting and crying (most likely) to our favourite girl power-pop group. It was the first time I went to a concert that big and I was blown away by the spectacle and everything about it. The Spice Girls heavily influenced me, and right around this concert is when I also started writing my own songs. My first debut was a song about some tadpoles a friend and I found while adventuring in the forest. I can still remember every word and sing every melody to that song.

      Life-changing concert

      I’ve been to a lot of really incredible concerts over my life—concerts that have made me cry, and concerts that have left a lasting impression on not only myself as a writer, as an industry professional, but also as a human. Art is powerful like that. It’s really difficult narrowing that down to one concert for me and for it to be life-changing, I really think that there needs to be a huge element of surprise there, something that you weren’t expecting to transform you. Some incredible concerts I’ve been to are Radiohead at Coachella, Alicia Keys at the Orpheum, James Blake at the Ace Hotel in L.A., Thom Yorke at the Greek, Beyoncé at Coachella—these were all incredible. But life-changing for me was a little jam session that I went to at the Village Underground in New York City. All the musicians were unknown singers and players and they were some of the most talented musicians I have ever heard. The Village Underground is a really cool little venue in Greenwich Village, NYC. A girlfriend and I had gone there for a drink and to watch some live music and I had no expectations, but were completely floored by the talent, the passion and the fun that they were all having on stage. It was infectious. They had multiple singers singing that night and they are still to this day some of the best singers I’ve ever heard in my life. That was right before I went to Berklee College of Music, and I was filled with so much inspiration and motivation from that point on. I was reminded by that experience that sometimes the smallest and most unexpected shows and moments in your life can fill you up with the greatest inspiration and lead you to incredible places moving forward.

      Top three records

      Radiohead In Rainbows I have honestly listened to this album 100 times and I can’t get tired of it. The haunting melodies draw me in every time. You can hear a lot of Thom Yorke inspired melodies in songs I’ve written. I love the dissonance and the beautiful darkness he pulls you in with.

      Alicia Keys Songs In A Minor This was the album that made me want to write songs. Her simple chord progressions worked really well for me sitting at the piano, not being a really great piano player, and the soulful melodies she sang really opened me up to writing in a certain style. I had always loved R&B, but Alicia’s songs, especially on this album, really connected with me in a way I hadn’t felt before.

      Destiny’s Child The Writing’s On The Wall This is still one of my favourite albums of all time. A lot of songs that weren’t even singles are some of my favourites—there wasn’t a lot of filler. All the harmonies and unique production really drew me in. This is probably the one record I’ve listened to more than any other album. I still listen to it front to back to this day and it never gets old for me.

      All-time favourite video

      Childish Gambino “This Is America” There are some brilliant and iconic music videos out there, it feels really tough to narrow that down. Beyoncé’s entire visual album for Lemonade was really impactful for me, but, if I had to pick one, I can’t think of any music video more impactful than “This is America” by Childish Gambino. I remember watching it for the first time and my jaw dropping and getting crazy goosebumps. I honestly can’t think of a music video making my whole body feel like that before.

      What’s in your fridge

      Lemons. I’m a big lemon-water gal—I’ve been drinking lemon with water every single morning as the first thing I do for about six years now. It’s the first thing I buy at the grocery store, too. Can never have enough lemons in the fridge. Surprisingly, not a big lemonade gal though.

      Milk. I’ve tried to cut dairy from my diet quite a few times, but nothing hits for me the way regular old cows’ milk does in my coffee. Milk with cookies? Has to always be cow. Almond milk tastes like cardboard and oat milk leaves a funny feeling in my mouth. Coconut milk? Forget about it.

      Probiotics. I’m laughing at my answers to this question because of how random they are, but I had to really narrow down my three must-haves, and honestly and truly, if I have lemons, regular milk, and a stash of probiotics, I’m a happy camper. Probiotics are something I take every single morning and have done so for the last 13 years. They’ve made such a difference in my overall health and I just gotta’ have ‘em. My fridge often rotates with different fruits and vegetables and condiments and protein, but these three things are things you can count on always seeing in my fridge.