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Life & Work with Brandon Redd

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandon Redd.

Brandon, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I first got into music around the age of 14. My mom had a friend that made beats and I tried my hand at writing lyrics to them. I kept working at it and started to develop a true passion for it. I always loved writing poems in school, so it was a natural progression for me. The more I started songwriting, the more I craved a certain sound for my music that I felt like I wasn’t finding in other producer’s beats. That’s when I got into music production. My parents got me a little studio setup going in the basement of our house during the time we lived in Atlanta, which I might add is where I discovered my love for making music. From then on, I just honed my skills. Whenever I had free time, I would literally work on music until I was exhausted, go to sleep, then do it again. That culmination of time and effort has gotten me where I am now with one album and an EP out on all streaming platforms so far in my music career.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Anything worth having or attaining hardly ever comes without bumps in the road, so I can’t say everything was smooth sailing. For me, a big struggle was having to learn a lot about making beats on my own. Throughout the years, I’ve had people give me tips on certain aspects of production and joined clubs/organizations that were music focused, but I never truly had a mentor in the production realm of my work. It was just a lot of “How to” Youtube videos that guided me to where I am now. I appreciate that struggle though because it was very humbling and made me want to accel even more.

The blessing that I did have was my mom because she helped me in improving my writing skills when it came to lyrics. She used to be an artist back in the day, so she played a huge part in grooming me to where I am now lyrically.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a Hip-Hop Recording Artist/Producer. I’m pretty keen on genre blending when it comes to my style of Hip-Hop. I’ve studied rap and this beautiful culture as a whole, so I don’t stray too far from the roots. It’s all about balance when I’m crafting songs. If I make a beat that doesn’t have the “typical” rap sound, I’ll make sure the lyrics reel the listener in to let them know it’s still a rap song and vice versa.

A big part of my music is the depth that you get with every song. I can make a club song that’ll have you boppin’ your head with a catchy hook and track, but if you listen close, the stuff I’m saying are things we can all relate to. I pride myself in that because I feel like that’s necessary with art. There has to be something that makes you want to come back to listen when you’re feeling a way and need those vibrations that match your mood. I think that self-awareness is what sets me apart from a lot of other artists nowadays. I’m not trying to just make a hit. I want to make music that hits home too.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Easy question. What makes me happy is knowing my loved ones and close friends around me are in good spots in life. Reason being is because I know how important a support system is, and when my support system is strong, healthy and thriving that energy radiates off of them to me. We’re all connected in one way or another, so when my unit of people are good, I’m good which makes me the happiest man out. Simple as that.

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