We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandon Carson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandon, why did you pursue a creative career?
I chose to pursue a creative career because it brings me joy to create. I enjoy finding creative solutions to problems and getting to share that creativity with my friends by creating and performing music together.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a composer and performer of music. I love to combine the two together by bringing the unique blend of instruments I play into my compositions. Learning new instruments has always been a passion of mine, which Is part of the reason why I chose percussion. There are so many percussion instruments in the world that you couldn’t possibly even name them all. Through playing and learning about new types of music and the instruments used to create it, I find so much joy. I also find joy in combining all the instruments I love into my own compositions. This “joy of the playing” I believe comes through in my musical voice, and is a large part of my composing brand.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We are going hiking! I really enjoy the hike up and around the Griffith Observatory, when its not too busy. Early AM views of Los Angeles and its surrounding neighborhoods are really spectacular. It reminds me of when I first came here and I’d want to share that same experience with others. There’s plenty of great hiking in the city, but if we had a week I’d probably venture out to at least one of California’s great wilderness as well. Death Valley is a surprisingly peaceful spot and I’d love to show others this. It would be a toss-up between here and Big Sur, California for the most serene destinations.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Today I’ll give a shoutout to all of the music teachers in my life that have inspired me to pursue music. I’ll list two names, but the list of teachers really does go on forever for me. Michael Hernandez taught me so much of what I know today about drumming. Although I only worked with him a few years in high school, my mind continually goes back to life-lessons I’ve learned from Mr. Hernandez. I’ve modeled my own teaching on the experiences I had with him as a student. Brandon Kelly taught me to think outside the box, he taught me to dig deeper into the music I was listening to and starting thinking about how to create my own music.
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