We had the good fortune of connecting with Brad Byrd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brad, what do you attribute your success to?
I think the fact that I have maintained a steady stream of content in recent years has resonated and excited my base. The days of me releasing a record every few years is over. I have hundreds of songs and paintings, and there’s simply not enough time to get them all seen and heard! My music and paintings have kind of meshed into one which has allowed for significant positive growth with my followers. I’ve also kind of honed my sound and style so folks are starting to recognize my work a bit more, I think. Other than that, I generally have a message of truth and honesty that is consistent with my art and I can only hope people bond with that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been writing songs consistently for over twenty years now, and have toured actively for many years building a small but loyal following to date. My sound is often referred to as “indie-rock/alt.country” and I’d like to think that I’ve carved out an identifiable sound at this point. I’m proud of the fact that each of my records have shown substantial growth both as a writer and producer, and yet have always remained within a certain boundary sonically speaking. I’ve had the pleasure to work with some of the most talented engineers, mixers, and studio musicians in the country on every record I’ve put out to date. Very grateful, I’ve absorbed and learned so much from them. I’ve been lucky to have music featured in over 60 tv shows, received national airplay and press, and all owning my masters and publishing under my own company, Elusive Tiger. I’ve always been very entrepreneurial, and could not imagine having my own company and team associated with marketing and promoting my work nowadays. I’ve been on a label, and it was a strange experience. As a writer I’m quite prolific I suppose, as I literally have hundreds of songs, and I write regularly. I’m blessed that songs flow through me quickly. Similarly with my paintings, I am equally as prolific if not more so. I usually bang out a new painting or song every other day. The challenge is just releasing them in an impactful and cost effective manner that’s not too busy. My paintings are varied in style, but many refer to Rothko, Pollack, and Van Gogh as references. All I know is I enjoy blending the two worlds of music and art together. Often naming a painting after a song or vice versa. It’s taken me a long time to find a solid rhythm with it all. I’m really happy with the work I’ve put out in the world.
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.
I’m more of an east side guy as they say, but typically when I have friends come to town it starts off in the Highland Park area with some funky spots on York and Figueroa such as Kitchen Mouse, a local fav restaurant of mine. Then we usually head into Hollywood, along the way checking out Silverlake, and Los Feliz, with a drive by of the Greek Theatre and Griffith Observatory. Followed by the ol’ Beachwood canyon stomping grounds of Birds, La Poubelle, and the Bourgeois Pig, then of course up to the Hollywood sign, then back down by Capital Records and Hollywood blvd swinging by the Hotel Cafe (fav music venue) then a quick jump over to Sunset blvd for a cruise. I usually have to take friends to the Rainbow Room for a bite and a hang and then from there shoot out through Beverly Hills to the west side and then up to Malibu. I’m leaving out a million things here but that’s a rough flow chart if you will!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Great question, as there’s always much more to the story than meets the eye. I certainly have not done it alone, and aside from my amazing mgmt team, I really need to credit the efforts of my wife, Marnie Valley, here. She’s my best friend, and knows my story and struggle like no else. She has also been my manager for many years now. Despite having my own label and management team, she is the director of operations aka “everything”. I would be lost without her at this point. I’ve usually kept her role in my career on the dl, but I feel like some credit is long overdue.
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