“I’m a server at a restaurant. I see a lot of people every day. If I feel them out and feel like they’ll be receptive, I give them cards to my music/videos.”

Check out the interview with Brandon Chatman exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Brandon Chatman:
It started when I moved back to Chicago in 2011. My family left Chicago when I was 7 and I was raised in Winston Salem, NC. After I moved back to the city I took some things for my imagination and notepad and went to a studio. 5 years later I think our sound’s pretty dope.

What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I’m a server at a restaurant. I see a lot of people every day. If I feel them out and feel like they’ll be receptive, I give them cards to my music/videos. I’m also in the process of talking to different local schools about performing at functions.

What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
Ever since I was a kid I’ve always been different. I sometimes wonder if I’m too different to become a popular artist.

How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The great thing about the music scene in Chicago is the fact that there’s always an opportunity for artists to perform. The negative part’s the music scene is overly saturated with people who have no business on a microphone. The general public’s very indifferent to local artists. It’s rough making fans out here if you’re not a gangbanger.

Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
Brandon Chatman. I’m special.

What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
Learn to listen with both ears.

What inspires you to write your next song?
An emotion, an event, black power, women, weed, love, empathy, Chicago, my family, God. Literally anything.

What are the steps you take to make a song?
Never tell anybody everything you know.

What do you think makes a great song?
Good lyrics and great sound. Everything else is variable.

Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/brandonjchatman
Facebook: Brandon Chatman
Twitter: @brandonjchatman
Instagram: @brandonjchatman