“Getting noticed in a state like Montana isn’t easy, especially in a town that has a whole lot of talent in it and not many places to go with it.”

Check out the interview with The Brand exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
The Brand:
Back home in Minnesota I started rapping when I was around 15 or 16, just freestyling with friends. Slowly it turned into freestyling in front of other people, then at parties, then I was battling and I was hooked. I was content battling for a while, but eventually I started writing and found some mentors who helped find and put me into some studios where I recorded my first real songs.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Surround yourself with honest people. If you have a bunch of dudes saying everything you do is hot, then you will fail. I’m not saying they need to be hard on every track, but you want people who will help you develop as an artist and you need to be able to take that criticism.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Getting noticed in a state like Montana isn’t easy, especially in a town that has a whole lot of talent in it and not many places to go with it.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Giving a solid performance and gaining a loyal fan base. They will help you get your music out there and get their friends listening as well. Also, music videos are a must these days. Visuals keep people interested which is why I and my team are going to start going that route soon.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I currently live in Bozeman, a pretty small town in Montana. I thought moving here would be putting the nail in the coffin as far as my dreams in the music business was concerned. Thankfully I found the scene out here and it is amazing. There are so many talented artists and the fans are fantastic. Shows every couple of weeks and many of them sell out thanks to an amazing promoter (Nick Barney) out here.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Hopefully on tour somewhere. My favorite part of this industry is performing, so I don’t really care where it is as long as I’m on stage.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
MGK has had a huge influence on my music as well as Nirvana, Eminem, Big, TI, 50 Cent, and Young Buck. Right this moment I think MGK is killing it and really changing how hip hop is done, at least on the performance side of things.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
Some of it is really solid, but all this mumble rap is a pile of hot trash. The independent and underground scene is stronger than ever in my opinion though.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Bandcamp: www.thebrandhiphop.bandcamp.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebrandhiphop
Instagram: @thebrandhiphop