We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandough and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandough, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
As it relates to my music practice, risk-taking is not at all a choice, but more a requirement. When I first started making music, I avoided taking any risks out of fear that I would fail, fear of rejection. But eventually, I realized that without risk there is no chance of success, either, and that’s when I started to relentlessly pursue my own unique vision. Risk taking is for sure something that has taken a huge role in my life. Before I decided to take the leap and give myself the opportunity to focus more on being a music artist, I was working full time for a cooperate company. It made it difficult to balance both at once since so much of my time was being consumed during the week. Not to mention that all my actual focus was on my passion and work was becoming more of a chore. I finally made the decision to go down to part time, and was unsure if I would have enough business coming in to keep me afloat, but it was something I knew I HAD to do in order for my business and for myself to grow. It was challenging when I started my transition, but it was one of the best decisions I made. It has helped me keep my life and work so much more balanced and the additional time has been great to work on creating music and add on more projects to my schedule that I would not have had time for otherwise. Since then, I’ve learned to continue to take risks in other areas of my life as well, and just trust that it will work out in the end. Over time I learned to enjoy being in uncomfortable situations because I feel like it’s something that truly defines who we are as people.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It’s always so difficult to explain my music to others, but I’ll try my best. My sound is very unique and versatile, I primarily work on hip-hop, but I can easily do pop/alternative along with r&b music. I approach every song differently and unique which I feel like my fans love because you never really know how I’m going to sound on a record. While I’m sure it’s true for most artists, my art is very personal. I’ve been struggling with defining what sets my music apart from others, and the only conclusion I’ve come to is that my music is a reflection of me: my experiences, feelings, and inner-thoughts. Like everyone else, I’m ever-changing, and in this way I could never recreate a record’s subject matter it’s a very temporal and emotional occurrence, and the result is really a product of the time, place, and space in which it was created. My songs are really one-of-a-kind: sort of melodic, sort of figurative, and full of dope surprises if you listen long enough to hear them. I’m excited that I’ve recently been able to put together all the experience I’ve gained over the years experimenting with different sounds and methods to form a cohesive, unique, lyrical style.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
That’s a tough question lol. I’m categorically pretty introverted so my happy places involve solitude as much as possible. That said my list is as follows: 1. My house 2. My studio 3. Gym 4. Smoke shop 5. Whataburger
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh wow.. great question and so many people. I am extremely proud and thankful for the folks in my life that have helped me grow. My former producer and friend Brian Manning (Rawtunez) for helping me and consistently encouraging me from the very beginning. I would also like to thank and give a huge shoutout to Davis Strauss and the entire Barron Studios staff for helping me mold and sharpen my skills as an artist. Working with Barron Studios has elevated the quality of my sound and music tremendously, so big shoutout to everybody that works there. Also a huge shoutout to my manager/mentor King Borris for always trusting and believing in my vision and always going the extra mile to help me in anyway possible. Last but not least a special shoutout to my supporters and fans because without them I couldn’t thrive as an artist.