“I’m originally from the Bay Area (Oakland, CA). There’s so much talent … However, I have recently relocated to Las Vegas. I’m looking to establish a reputation here as I did in The Bay as an extraordinary live performer and songwriter.”
Check out the interview with Brian Jermaine exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Brian Jermaine: I have been singing all of my life, playing piano and writing songs for over 20 years, and producing for the last six years. My journey has been one of diligence, dedication, trials, and triumphs. I hope that it’ll eventually transition into me getting signed to a record deal or starting my own label. In addition to that, I would like to be a household name on the Las Vegas music scene.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Make sure that you’re in this because you love it. People may tell you no. Prince was turned away the first time he went to a label. They told Luther Vandross that he would never make it as a lead singer because he was too fat. Your feelings might get hurt a lot, but you have to keep on stepping in stride to your goal.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I write music that has depth and substance. I honestly don’t see room for that in today’s industry. Therefore, I feel that artists such as myself and others who are on the same pathway as me might not get a fair shot.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Internet music sites. I’m tired of waiting for record execs to get a clue. I believe that these sites provide independent artists like myself an opportunity for our music to get exposure that under different circumstances it might not get. I have fans in countries that I couldn’t even point you in the direction of.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m originally from the Bay Area (Oakland, CA). There’s so much talent in The Bay and the fans out there are great. However, I have recently relocated to Las Vegas. I’m looking to establish a reputation here as I did in The Bay as an extraordinary live performer and songwriter.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
A household name on the Las Vegas music scene. I’d also like to be signed to a label or start my own.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
On a personal note, my mother is my biggest inspiration. She is a great singer in her own right. Musically, Luther Vandross was/is my musical father. Anything that I ever thought I wanted to do in the music industry I patterned after him. Other influences would follow later such as Isaac Hayes, Donny Hathaway, and Sam Cooke to name a few.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I think it lacks depth and substance. Not all of it, but a good portion. I think there needs to be balance. People say that there’s no good music anymore. Speaking as one of the artists who makes it, I say that’s a lie. There’s plenty of great music being made by young artists, people just don’t know where to find it.
Where can we contact you and find you online?