When We Met is a Northwest Indie Duo. The couple is currently writing all new music that leans into an Indie Folk vibe. With stripped down instrumentation and introspective lyrics, the music ranges from soft ballads to playful upbeat jams. When We Met strives to create diversity with their music so that every song has its own flavor.
When We Met’s new music would fit on an Indie Rock Road Trip playlist. For fans of Big Thief, The Shins, Talking Heads, Neutral Milk Hotel, Built To Spill, Ween and Elliot Smith.
When We Met (Bryan & Melissa) met at a music venue in their hometown of Portland, Oregon back in 2010. They connected as musicians and instantly became an inseparable couple. They fell in love and created a life together. While very busy at the time with work and school, they still found space to jam out together and write songs.
In 2014 When We Met played their first show and hit it hard for the next 5 years, playing locally and touring nationally. They had a song featured at an NBA halftime show, performed live on KGW News, live in studios at Portland Radio Project, KBOO, KPSU and their animated music videos were featured at indie film festivals. They became known for their energetic and fun shows, bouncing around stage, having a blast! Trading off on vocals, with booming tracks and heavily effected guitars.
But then the year 2020 hit..
In 2020 When We Met came to a screeching halt due to a significant family loss and the pandemic. In the whirlwind of trauma, the couple was unsure if they would be able to be a band any longer.. After some time passed, they found themselves writing again, even released a couple fun singles in 2021.
After much reflection they decided to write all new music for more intimate live performances. These stripped down songs focus on the songwriters collaborating. Bryan is reunited with his acoustic guitar, the instrument he started playing at 9 years old. Melissa accompanies on stand up bass, to be able to use a bow for more drama, as well as pay homage to her late grandmother who was a violist for University of Portland Community Orchestra.
When We Met will be performing their new unreleased songs as they work on the new album. Examples of the new songs can be found on When We Met’s YouTube and socials.
Live set up:
Bryan: Acoustic Guitar with effects board ran stereo into Amp, Vocal Mic, Percussion stand with a Cloud Drum and Symbol with Mic
Melissa: Electric Stand Up Bass with effects board into Amp, Vocal Mic
Full stage plot / input list available upon request.