Los Angeles rapper Bryce Vine received an unexpected Christmas gift from Taylor Swift. In December 2017, the world-renowned pop star posted her favorite songs on an Apple Music playlist that included Vine's newest single, "Drew Barrymore." With only a few EPs and a handful of singles, this high-level promotion came as a welcome surprise for the upbeat, self-made performer and songwriter Vine -- who'd never even met Swift.
His music video for the seductive single was released in February by People magazine and features another famous face: Christian Serratos from The Walking Dead. You're bound to see more of Vine in the coming years.
In the middle of his tour, we spoke with Vine to see how he got his start and where he's headed next.
How did you get into music?
Bryce Vine: When I was 13, I knew I wanted to do music. I taught myself how to play guitar and started writing and recording shitty little songs at my mom's house.
I started in a punk band in high school, which is when I really started writing. Then I auditioned to get into the Berklee College of Music playing a song I wrote. I got a partial scholarship and went to school there the next year.
I met two producers at Berklee who helped me mold my sound. That's when I started doing pop and rapping more. It wasn't until I left Berklee that I started working with my buddy Nolan Lambroza, who's now my producer.
How did "Drew Barrymore" come about?
I started that beat maybe a year ago. I kept working on it for months and hadn't figured out certain parts. ... Julia Michaels had this great hook for a different song years ago. I took that hook and it worked out great.
Did you know Taylor Swift was going to pick the song?
No, I had no idea that was coming, especially not from her. ... She's exactly the kind of person you want admiring your work.
Did you help produce the music video for "Drew Barrymore?"
Yes, the director and I put the whole thing together. We didn't have a lead girl, so I called Christian [Serratos]. I thought: She was in Atlanta, has a new baby and is doing The Walking Dead, so there was no way she was going to have time. I called her and asked if she knew any popular actresses around L.A. She was offended I didn't ask her!
We've been friends since we were 15 and dated in high school and have stayed friends since. She did it for free. That's a damn good friend.
Are you working on a full length?
I'm going to put out the album soon, hopefully this fall. Since I just signed a deal, they're pushing "Drew Barrymore" mostly, but I have a bunch of songs I'm pretty much done with. I'm excited to put it all on one body of work.
Bryce Vine will be at Gas Monkey Live! in Dallas on Thursday, April 26. Tickets are $25-600.