We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandon Redd and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brandon, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
My pursuit of a career in music was actually something I realized I wanted to do when I was 14, but really knowing that I wanted to be in the entertainment industry began when I was in elementary school. I’ve always had a passion for the arts which first started with my love for acting, but my pathway into music came via poetry. It was always my favorite thing to do in my English classes, and my peers would always tell me how much they enjoyed my poems.

Fast forward to my teenage years, and that’s when I fell in love with music hard, from making beats, rapping, singing, and songwriting. My mom played a big role in grooming me into the artist I am today because she used to be a rapper back when you had some of the greatest lyricists to ever bless a microphone. Needless to say, she didn’t candy-coat anything when I wanted feedback on the songs I would come up with. Eventually, I sharpened my skills to the point where I was confident in what I could do performance wise, and from that point on, it just felt right. I can honestly say I believe I was put on this Earth to spread my music worldwide for people to connect to and hopefully take something away from it that they can walk through the rest of their live’s with.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think what sets me apart from a lot of other artists today is that I’m not trying to do what everybody else is doing, and I have fun being innovative when I’m cooking up new music. There’s just so much more that goes into Hip-Hop besides hopping on a track and trying to make a hit to sell to the masses. My goal is to do my best to bring something new to the game when I release new content. I try to find a happy medium between going against the grain of what is commercial while still mixing my distinct style with the modern sound we hear on the radio.

To even get to the point of feeling like I should innovate every time I create, took some time to realize consciously. I write and produce all of my own stuff, so In the back of my head, I would have these thoughts like, “This sounds too much like this. Let me switch my flow up or change the beat a little to get away from that.” That mindset helped to shape my individuality as an artist, but I can’t say it didn’t come without any hardships.

Trying to be different in an industry where people put money behind what they know for certain will sell can be tough. Something I try to remind myself of is that the most iconic artists didn’t conform and pushed their respective genres forward by staying true to what they wanted to give the world musically. That right there is what I’ve learned to live by when I do this.

I want to make sure that by the time it’s all said and done, Brandon Redd is a household name. I want to be known for giving the people music they can vibe to when they’re at their highest of highs or lowest of lows. I write from experience and the heart, so when I say something on my tracks, that’s coming from a real place. At the end of the day, I just want my music to be that escape for someone when they just want to be themselves unapologetically.

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.
This is a great question! I’m big on having a good time like always, so this is right up my ally LOL. In terms of places to visit, Midtown and Wynwood are great for pictures and spectacle with art being plastered over everything from the buildings to the sidewalks. Not to mention, they have some pretty great food spots. Noa Cafe is one of my favorites! It’s off in the cut, but those are the best places to grab food. Their bowls are to die for.

Wood Tavern was actually my go-to spot in Wynwood, but since they’ve closed down, Coyo Taco is a must to hit up for the food and party in the back. Some other dope places I’d take my best friend are Booze Garden, 1-800-Lucky, Shots, and Brick. Blackbird in Brickell is a great spot too, so that would definitely be on the list of places to visit.

If I’m being honest, I’m big on bars, so I would take the drive up to Ft. Laudy to go to the Wharf and my absolute favorite bar, The Hub Spark. Everyone there is such a vibe and it’s a good atmosphere.

Of course in this week long trip, we’d hit up the beaches and stuff, but the one thing you have to do before leaving is going to a good ole’ Miami Brunch for bottomless mimosas. Barsecco never disappoints, and that is actually where my friends and I created the Brunch Olympics LOL. To keep it short, you have to basically chug your mimosa faster than your opponent and it’s timed. Whoever has the best time at the end of Brunch Olympics is crowned champion.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents definitely deserve the credit and recognition for where I am today. There was never a point in my life where they didn’t show support for the things I was interested in. Me wanting to get into music is a prime example of that because a lot of people don’t get that type of encouragement and love when they express that they want to be a rapper. I had other rappers I knew that were shooting to break into the industry like I was but ended up giving up because they didn’t have that support system behind their dream. For that, I’ll forever be thankful for my mom and dad.

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