|Featured, Indie Focus Published: June 27, 2012 |
Brandon – Thinking To Myself (prod. Ear 2 tha Beat)
Check out the new song from Brandon – Thinking To Myself (prod. Ear 2 tha Beat)
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I like to say that I am from everywhere. As I become older, I realize that I am truly what you call a “traveler” on one of life’s many journeys. I currently live in the DC-Maryland area. It has taken a lot of soul searching to get to this point where I am at this moment.
And the thing is, I’m still working on getting to that point that I desire in this industry.
I have been doing songs off and on for about 15 years. I recently made the commitment to do music full time after doing stints in the military, graduating from college, and leaving law school after one year. It is something that I feel that I can touch people in a major way.
My experiences as an adult are important to me and there are decisions that I made in the past that provide inspiration to the songs that I create.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
The song “Thinking to Myself,” produced by Ear 2 Tha Beat, is a song that challenges everything in which we believe in. I myself am a Muslim, yet I struggle with the notion of the human experience and how it relates to what we know, what we believe, etc. It is the age old question of “why am I here? What is my purpose on this Earth? etc.”
This is a song that begged for me to be honest with not only my beliefs today, but with how I was raised. Which was primarily in the church. I believe that the Creator has given us the mind to think for ourselves and this is an expression of that. The song is dope and by far my most favorite one to date.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
The hardest thing to date is getting my music out there. You have to understand that, I have had another life other than music. Not that I didn’t want to pursue music earlier, but I didn’t think at the time that I would receive the support from my inner circle. I don’t care much about that right now. It is now or never at this point for me. So getting my music out there where people are willing to listen is the hardest. I know I’m good, I’m humble, but networking is key. So, I’m working on that. Lol.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
There are so many that I can expound on. But as I stated before, the support system. My parents I love them dearly. They have raised, I believe, a responsible, intelligent, and independent person. However, the other side of me wants to have that blessing. But I’m starting to get passed that point. I’m not concerned about that. I have an ear for good music. Something that speaks to the very core of your soul. This is what I believe motivates me to bounce back, so get ready.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
“Everything that shimmers isn’t gold.” There is nothing wrong with being hungry, but stay aware. There are some wolves out there. There is an age old rule that applies to everything in life. What you put into it, is what you get back. Of course you are going to have to break bread to record, or have a photoshoot, etc. But everything that someone offers you in the industry doesn’t mean that it is for your good.
Stick to your guns, remain humble, be yourself. Improve your craft and believe in yourself. Don’t let the rest gas your head. What you know already, no one has to reiterate it for you. Believe nothing of what you hear and half of what you see and you will be fine.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Believe in yourself. Become your own support system. Work hard. There are going to be many frustrating moments whether you are recording or dealing with the business side. Stay focused on the goal that you have in mind. Most importantly, be yourself.
There are 7 Billion people locked in this thing called Earth and we each have a story to tell. Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to tell your story a certain way for people to feel you. Someone out there will feel you. Whether it’s one or one million. Someone will feel you.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
I love Facebook and Soundcloud. It can be difficult at times because I’ll get messages from friends and they will say, “son, you rap?” Hahaha. But I think social media is the best way in this day and age to promote yourself. However, I am exploring other mediums like being featured on mixtapes. Again, networking plays a big role in everything nowadays.
Look me up, friend me. Let me know that you listened and support. I only want to give you the most soulful sound in hip-hop that I can give you.