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

Brody Blackburn, Born in the USA on June 5th 1986 to Lyle and Lynnette Blackburn. I grew up in a small town (population 600). My parents were educators, so obtaining a good education was important. My father grew up as a farmer, so he instilled a hard work ethic in me at a very young age. Although I did not grow up wealthy, I was taught that hard work and dedication will reap reward.

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

I have been performing/recording music since I was 17 years old. I started at small open mic shows to gain experience and confidence, and grew from there. By the time I was 20 years old I was playing full length sets, and opening for bigger acts such as Vicci Martinez, and The Paperboys. During my college years I played in a three-piece rock band. My band mates at the time thought my last name would be a great band name, so we performed under the name “Blackburn.” In the first year we played over 100 shows. Blackburn played together for 3 years, and then the band split up in 2014. After the band split up I have been primarily working in the studio. I have been working to perfect my craft as a studio artist, and producer, while playing small shows occasionally, and working to build an online presence.

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

The genre for “The Monsters of Me” would be considered an Adult Contemporary Piano Ballad. I have not yet filmed a music video for “The Monsters of Me”, but the idea behind the song comes from the emotions of several failed relationships.

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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.

The music business can be challenging. Like anything I suppose, it takes a lot of time, effort, and self-sacrifice, but that is how I have learned and grown through it. I have met some great people on this journey, and lost a few friends. A constant uncertainty can sometimes linger regarding where you will find your next gig, or how you will get your next paycheck. I have found myself back and forth between being a full-time musician, and taking a full-time job working elsewhere. This limbo can be detrimental to a musicians career, and I think that it is one that many musicians are constantly battling. One of the highest “ups” for a musician, is a sold out show with hundreds or thousands of people, and one of the lowest “downs” is when your band splits up. I have faced both scenario’s, and it is all a part of growing, learning and finding identity.

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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.

“The Monsters of Me” was performed by myself, Wesley Chamberlain (Bass & Piano) and Ben McBride(Drums) at Resonant Audio Studio in Wenatchee Washington. The song was then mixed and mastered by Adamm Mitchell at SkyRise Studio in Seattle.

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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 for 14 years. My goal is to help people through my music. I hope that people can relate to it, and that it helps them in some way. I would also like to see my music featured on television and film, and have future aspirations to tour nationally.

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

The intricacies of life. When I write it is often a reflection on my own personal experiences in conjunction with my reaction to the outside influences of life. I take a look at my own psyche, and write about it, and through this process I better understand myself.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Hmmm… Is there a secret?

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

Thank you for being fans. Without you, none of this means anything.

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

It is a marathon, not a sprint!

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

I have recorded two full length solo albums: Self titled “Brody Blackburn” released in 2012, and “The Life” released in 2013. With “Blackburn” I released one full length album titled “The Ordinary.” Throughout the past 4 years I have released 5 singles: “The Dream”, “Feed My Soul”, “Twenty Something”, “Silhouette”, and “The Monsters of Me”.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

I have a song titled “Be Free” currently in rotation on a Brazilian and Canadian television show, but I can’t seem to find out what the name of the shows are. I receive quarterly royalties from BMI that give me minimal insight.

In October 2017 a French publication, Music for Your Heart, featured my single “Silhouette”: http://www.musicforyourheart.com/news/brody-blackburn-silhouette-63

 

In October 2017, Wolf In a Suit, featured my single “Twenty Something”:

https://www.wolfinasuit.com/2017/10/30/listen-twenty-something-brody-blackburn/

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

For the sake of the song in reference (The Monsters of Me) I will give an explication of my thoughts on the song. I wrote this song when I was a much younger man. At that time, I was working through the emotions of several failed relationships. Each verse represents a different state of emotional being. In the first verse there is reference to the color green. Green represents a feeling of happiness, and fertility. It is new and fun. In the second verse there is reference to the color gray. Much like a cloudy sky, gray represents the feeling of depression, and loss. The final verse explains a time when I had a flashback, or a dream full of remorse and longing for the company the individual once provided. The choruses tie it all together. The line “get rest before that armor guards your chest” is a message to myself. It is a note to relax and clear your mind before putting up your metaphorical guard against the internal psychological conflict that will ensue.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Incubus, Damien Rice, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Oh Wonder.

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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.

I have collaborated with Olivia De La Cruz and Adamm Mitchell from He Is We.

I would love to collaborate Ed Sheeran, Macklemore, Brandon Boyd, Chris Martin, Ben Gibbard, Halsey, Pink, Oh Wonder, and so many other artists… I could list hundreds.

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

Website: http://brodyblackburnbookin.wixsite.com/brodyblackburn

 

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brodyblackburnmusic/

 

 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Enufidm6XTE

 

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brodyblackburnofficial/

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

CdBaby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/brodyblackburn9

 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-monsters-of-me-single/1313574582

 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2uXZsDqyYvILKz53b0UtSM

 

Amazon: https://music.amazon.com/artists/B001RWYCJU?ref=dm_sh_3m9Vl392t4p9BEJtENpRFpkTL

 

Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?authuser#/sr/brody+blackburn

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest Day:

One of the happiest days I can remember, was when I played my first show with a full band. It was an acoustic set. The band had practiced for days to perfect our songs. It was at a small bar in eastern Washington called The Old Schoolhouse Brewery. There were not very many people, but the crowd was engaged. Sharing a piece of my life with people who were willing to listen was a fantastic feeling.

Saddest Day:

I sure don’t like to dredge up the past with these types of emotions, but one of the saddest days of my life was losing someone I loved dearly. That’s about all I will say about that. I write about these moments in my songs, and for me, that is the most appropriate format in which to share those types of emotions.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

I would use a million dollars to put back into my music. That kind of money would give me flexibility, and aid in expediting the build of my own studio, promote my music, build my image, and essentially host shows that will generate more revenue to essentially give back to others. I want to use my music for the positive, and would love to have the flexibility to donate both my services, and my money to charities, and those in need.


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