We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandon Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandon, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
I think that a lot of people think that people are very hard to reach. But the reality is that a lot off industry execs and big-wigs are more than happy to connect with up-and-comers and give them advice or even connect them to their peers. If you’re sitting at home thinking “wow I would love to get in contact with this person”, then check all their socials, do a google search, try Rocket Reach and you might be able to find an email address. Don’t be put off by the thought of ‘cold-emailing’ someone. The worst they can do is not respond.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think that I stand out a lot because most people just focus on playing their instruments, or becoming a producer, etc. But I have tried to stay on top of playing guitar professionally, producing and composing for film & tv. When I first moved to LA, everyone told me that I should just pick one and focus on that. However, I just couldn’t do that….and honestly, up until now, I’ve never had too prioritize one or the other. I’ve always made it work and it has allowed me to be as diverse as possible – something we learned was very important at the beginning of COVID when most musicians fell on hard times. As far as lessons I’ve learned along the way, I would have to say read the room and understand professional etiquette. You don’t want to be in a room with people who are all thinking “what can I get out of this situation”. Most of the connections I have today have come about because I was so determined when I first moved to LA. I was cold-emailing and messaging people on Instagram every day just looking for anyone to take notice and give me a shot. Not making it work was never an option.
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.
First I would probably take them to Lake Hollywood which is a little hidden gem in the hills. It has a great view over the city and feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere at the same time. After this, you should definitely drive around Beverly Hills and look at all the insane houses and to top it off, dinner at my favorite Italian restaurant – La Scala in Beverly Hills. I love to walk around Studio City and theres a great hot dog place called ‘Carney’s’ which is literally a train. Going on an LA hike is a must! Frymon canyon has great views of the valley!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I think I have to give the biggest shootout to the people of Hamilton & Blantyre in Scotland (especially my family) where I’m from. If it wasn’t for this community, I never would have had the means to get over to the US and pursue my dreams at Berklee College of Music. It all spiraled from there.