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An Interview with Brandon Ryan

By Damilola Grey

Dami: What was your first introduction to hip hop?


Brandon Ryan: Well I remember I got my hands on a 50 Cent “Get Rich or Die Tryin” CD when I was like 6 or 7.


Dami: What made you wanna start rapping?


Brandon Ryan: I don’t think there’s a single reason I did. I just enjoyed music, mostly hip-hop and I started playing around with FL Studio when I was like 15. Since then, I’ve enjoyed making music.


Dami: Where do you grab inspiration from when making music?


Brandon Ryan: I’ve always been creative with my ideas. Taking a 15 minute walk while I’m alone with my thoughts or listening to music always helps me focus on one idea.


Dami: What’s your creative process like?


Brandon Ryan: I usually just focus on one idea at a time for a song or for a full project, then I start producing for it and writing lyrics. Sometimes, random rhymes start connecting in my head for different lines and I just try to jot them down.


Dami: Who are your biggest musical inspirations?


Brandon Ryan: Well they changed over time from hip hop to all music genres now. However, two people who I know personally really inspire me- PlamoZ and Nick James a.k.a. Willi Nilli. If I had to pick a few mainstream artists, it would be Kid Cudi, Kanye, Mac Miller, Gorillaz, and people who push music boundaries in general.


Dami: You have an album dropping on the 24th titled “My Ego Chased Me Away”. What should we expect from it?

Brandon Ryan: Honestly, a lo-fi centric sound and a few emotional songs. I made this project for myself mostly. It’s supposed to focus on my evolution as a person and I don’t know how well it does that. I think I’ve had great concepts for both of my projects so far but I’ve been lacking in execution.


Dami: What you hoping to achieve in the New Year?


Brandon Ryan: A lot, but the most important thing I want to do is improve as an artist, become a better producer, audio engineer, songwriter, rapper, and even singer. Once I’ve done that, I can work on all the ideas I have.


Dami: What’s the most memorable part of being an artist?


Brandon Ryan: Probably the experience of expressing yourself freely through music and sharing your ideas with other people who care about music the same way you do.

Listen to Brandon Ryan’s track “105 On The 85” now:

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