It’s a pretty common story in the music industry: A musician lands a deal, records the album, gets it out there… and then finds themselves without a penny or any attention. Before AWOLNATION came together, that was Aaron Bruno, formerly of Under the Influence of Giants and Hometown Hero.

In this interview, Bruno talks about his unusual path to success and where he was right before AWOLNATION broke through as an electronic act. Flat-broke and uncertain where even his groceries were coming from, he wrote a series of songs that would wind up on Megalithic Symphony and be the breakthrough he’d given up on. It’s further proof that craft finds an audience, no matter how long it takes.

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