Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My name is Michael Carroll, I was born in the United States of America on May 30th 1985. I grew up in a rough area of Phoenix, Arizona and had a dysfunctional family dynamic. Being exposed to abuse and drugs at a very young age, my outlook on life was dark and ended up struggling with addiction and other things myself. I would eventually have an awakening and decided I wanted something more in life and quit drugs and alcohol. This was around the same time I set out to make music as an artist.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

My artist name is Mike Brand and I am a hip-hop artist. I grew up in the era of Tupac and Biggie and gain a lot of my influences from guys like that and others. I have always been skilled in writing and hip hop came so natural when I started writing that I decided to take it serious. I write all my own songs and hooks, and track my own vocals at home. I work with multiple producers as well.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

The concept behind this song is different from my normal lane. My wife and I went through a long distance relationship for a year before we came together and the beginning of our relationship was very hard. I drew from some of these moments and wanted to capture this struggle and desire to be together as the heart of this song. I also wanted to capture the beginning of relationships and the entire emotions people feel, in hopes that people would be able to relate to it and use this song as a motivator for them.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

Like I said, I love hip hop music, I love the freedom that comes with it, and I love how you can use this space to express yourself and allow people to experience and share with your own past and emotions. I also love to inspire people. I look at hip hop as a platform to the world. There are millions of kids and adults out there who are living in broken places, or might not see a dream for their own life. I want to speak to those people, and I want to say that you can dream, you are allowed to succeed; you are allowed to think big for your life. I want to create music that inspires this within people and hopefully that would be conveyed through my art.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

I wrote this song myself and it was written right when I got off work on my kitchen counter. I was feeling the inspiration because I was working all week long hours to save enough money to fly out and visit my girlfriend. When I went to a fast food place to grab something to eat after work I threw a beat on while I was waiting and the hook came instantly. I drove straight home and wrote all three verses within twenty minutes. I wanted to capture an authentic feel, so when I recorded it at my friend’s studio, I recorded it all in one take, (including the hook) and didn’t do any vocal editing. I wanted this to be a raw and real sounding track because this was exactly how I felt at that moment.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I have been making music since 2012, but I have really been taking it serious since 2016. I have performed all over the country and have been blessed to have built relationships with some very successful people in the industry. My goal is to use my music to inspire people to dream big and want more for their life. I hope my art will cause a spark within someone to look at themselves the way God created them and use everything they have and go after their dreams and purpose in life. I also touch on real issues in this world and want to use that same inspiration for those that can make a difference in our communities.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

My inspiration comes from my own personal experiences in life. I write how I feel and things I am walking through. I believe that music is the purest way to truly express what is contained in your soul.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I believe the secret behind making a hit song is to write it from the listener’s perspective and not just your own.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

I want my fans to know that they are great, they are important. They matter to someone out there and to never give up on what is in their heart. I also want my fans to know that their love and support is real to me and I have a huge heart to show my appreciation for that.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

My advice to an upcoming artist would be what I say to myself often. Don’t let haters discourage you and don’t let doubts distract you from creating. Especially early in your career, you need free space to draw from your mind naturally, so be careful who you show your music to and allow to give you their insight. Don’t make music for other people to approve you, make music that you approve of, and if people like it or not stay true to yourself. Also you need to remember that all I just talked about is only 25 percent of music. If you only focus on this and never put time and money into the business side and creating your brand, you will never get your music out there like you desire to. Get professional people around you to help your mindset grow into a business mindset, not just creative.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I have performed all over this country but am still very young as an artist. I look forward to sharing more of this with you in the future.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I usually pick the beat first and vibe to it a few times. From there I will map out the concept in my head and I’ll free style to it until I find a hook that I’m feeling. I’ll record the hook and listen to it, and if I like it still then I take the instrument and mic myself up with the headphone monitors and I’ll write my first few bars while listening to myself. This helps me get my tone right. From there I will write to the beat and then record it right then so I can remember my tone and delivery. I’ll always wait a day or two and go back to it when it’s fresh and see if I still like it. If I do then I’ll keep it!

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Five artists I like are

NF

Logic

Eminem

Tupac

Outkast

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

Some artists I have collabed with are Ty Brasel, Eshon Burgundy, Datin, Davis Absolute, Alano Adan, Daniel Steele, Joshua Cruz, Jay Cabassa, 2SC Music and more.

Some future features are Joey Jewish and a feature with CyHi the Prynce is possibly in the works. If I had a chance to I would love to collaborate with Chance and Futuristic.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

Links to my website are

Mikebrand.cc/music

Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/themikebrand

Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/themikebrand

Instagram- http://www.instagram.com/themikebrand

Soundcloud- http://www.soundcloud.com/themikebrand

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

All my links can be found at

http://smarturl.it/themikebrand

http://smarturl.it/themikebrandchloe (for this single).

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

The happiest day I can have is when my dreams are a reality and I am walking in the goals I have set for myself. The saddest day is when I am not walking in my purpose and the people in my life aren’t winning. I just want everyone around me to rise up and win in life.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would invest a good amount in my career as an artist because I believe in what I am doing and the purpose behind it. I would also buy a house for my wife to be comfortable enough to raise our family the way she wants to.

 


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