Bridgit Mendler Opens Up About Growth and Maturity at The Patch House

Myriam Santos
Bridgit Mendler

The past four years have been a serious learning experience for Bridgit Mendler: After releasing her debut album in 2012, the actress-turned-musician took time to refine her sound and master her creative process, seeking out the help of several collaborators and challenging her emotional limits as a songwriter.

The end result was Nemesis, a four-song EP released in November 2016 that showcases her intellectual range as an artist and speaks to the new direction of her career.

Staying at The Patch House in Brooklyn before a performance at Baby’s All Right, Mendler sat down to discuss her latest project and her new approach to music.

“I finally know how to share myself with others, which really has been the concept of Nemesis,” she says. “I’m just trying to share things that matter with me and see if they connect with people – and just take the risk to be real about it.”

A hallmark feature of Nemesis is Mendler's struggle with love and heartbreak, reflected in the more contemplative tone of her tracks and the raw, emotive lyrics. But while she admits the EP is a stylistic departure from her earlier work, she’s proud that it showcases a different side of her.

“It’s a more somber project,” she explains, “but maybe [fans] will see that I’m in a good place now because of it – that it was a cathartic release for me. I think it has been scary to add more colors to my expression, but it’s just a part of growing up. You get more complex as a person, and I think artistically, you wanna express that complexity.”

The revamped version of Mendler’s sound was revealed in August 2016 when she released Atlantis, her first single in nearly four years. The surprise hit put Mendler back in the mainstream conversation and set the stage for her EP’s November release, as well as the early release of Nemesis’ second and more sophisticated single, Do You Miss Me At All.

Do You Miss Me At All was an interesting song to create,” she says. “I was driving around Golden Gate Park and I was overwhelmed by a feeling that just burst out into song. It’s kind of nice when you just allow your mind to spill out what it has in there. It’s just very raw – the emotion is not hidden from it.”

To cap off her stay at The Patch, Mendler performed a chilling rendition of her latest single. Check it out in the video below:

 

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