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

Hi Robert, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
There are a few things that outsiders are unaware of in regards to my industry. But I will mention this one that I believe is maybe the most popular misconception…doing music full time (if you’re not famous that is) is not a real job, that one can’t sustain a living off doing music, or being an artist in general for that matter, when it’s quite the contrary. I’ve been doing music full time for more than 15 years. And I have general struggles just like any typical working class person has. But at the end of the day, I’ve maintained a roof over my head, paid my bills, bought my cars, at one point sustained a family, all from doing shows, producing records, studio sessions, engineering live shows AND studio sessions. I’m extremely proud of the work and livelihood I’ve been able to maintain.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well, one thing in particular I believe that sets me apart from others is that I play multiple instruments, and I play them all well enough to hold down a gig one each instrument that I play. However, growing up in Chicago, I think if you’re going to be a musician in that city, that is a requirement. Hahaha! I live in Orlando now, and it’s not too many of us like that here.

One thing I’m most proud of is sustaining a living off of music alone in several capacities, whether it be playing a show, producing a record, being an audio engineer of sorts, I’m grateful. Also, I just celebrated the one year anniversary of my EP release “Identity Crisis”. It’s my first album project of my own, I played instrument on it and produced and mixed it all myself. It means a lot to me.

How I got to where I am today professionally, was NOT easy haha! It is quite the challenge to professionally do music full time for as long as I have, and I’m still relatively young. I’m 32 years old, still have a lot of life ahead, so I can only imagine what others who do what I do have gone through way longer. What keeps me going is that I know it’s possible…there are tough times, as with anything anybody does for their career, but I know I’ll be good. That’s one lesson I’ve learned along the way, that it’s not easy, but it’s also not impossible.

What I want the world to know about my brand and story is that, I’m gonna be me every time. Music is damn near my first language. I believe I express myself better on an instrument than actually verbally speaking to people. That’s a work in progress also hahaha!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It’s interesting you ask. My mother came to visit me for a little over a week in December for Christmas. And because I had so many performances to do while she was here, it was easy to keep her entertained haha! She came to a few shows of mine, we went out to eat at a few places. She’s a seafood fanatic whereas I got the gene from my father that I’m allergic to seafood. But yes, go see some live music is always a winner, especially where there’s food and drink. I may take a friend to an arcade type of spot like Dave & Busters or something. There’s a place in Orlando called Main Event, I believe they’re a chain that’s placed in different towns also, but they have video games, bowling, air hockey, billiards, restaurant area…it’s a pretty dope place that has a lot of fun stuff. Also, living in Orlando, it’s easy to entertain company. It’s Mickey Land! Hahaha! So there’s Disney, Universal, etc…all the theme parks and stuff. And places like Disney Springs and City Walk, where you don’t need park tickets to go, you just pull up and spend all your money on the stuffs. Hahaha!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family. My village. I have a support system like NONE OTHER!!! For whatever reason, people seem to believe in me. Hahahaha!! But at the same time, I don’t ever take that for granted. She’d kill me if I didn’t shout her out, but I want to take this time to thank my Aunt Gloria for buying me my first drum set when I was 8 that I still have and use to this day. Hahaha!

Website: https://www.robertsbradleymusic.com/

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

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGWoMGzNTrtxuQvV1Pow-2w

Image Credits
Viewhouse Productions LLC

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