We’re excited to introduce you to the always interesting and insightful Brandon Lewis. We hope you’ll enjoy our conversation with Brandon below.
Brandon, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. How did you learn to do what you do? Knowing what you know now, what could you have done to speed up your learning process? What skills do you think were most essential? What obstacles stood in the way of learning more?
I learned how to write songs from studying some the greatest creative minds in the world. Some relationships have been direct while others have been purely influential. Music artist like Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, T-Pain, Aretha Franklin, and many more have inspired my melodramatic yet soulful approach to songwriting. In addition, visual artist like Basquiat and Poets like Langston Hughes have also inspired my creative directions.
Knowing what I know, I would share with anyone, that it is wise to guide yourself by your greatest strength. This concept has allowed me to collaborate better and become more productive as a professional creative. I believe there is no true blueprint to speed any one persons process up. Every aspect of any craft imaginable takes work, attention, and dedication to become successful and have longevity.
The most essential skills I have acquired are the abilities to collaborate effectively and builds songs from original ideas. Also, studying the ever changing music business is a skill that takes patience and adaptability. The only thing that has ever stood in my way, is myself. I believe with the current access to technology and information there is no reason to wait for the information to be provided but instead take the initiative to find my way.
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers?
I am Brandon Lewis, an American singer-songwriter from Memphis, TN. I started writing songs at the age of 13 and then started taking it much more serious after having my first opportunity to professionally record my songs. In addition to traveling and writing demos for established rosters ranging from independent to major, I have also found a purpose in community engagement work in my home town as a Non-Profit director.
My collaborations are intentional and the clients I have written for are in various genres. I have found that organic creativity works the best when you are trying to convey common emotions to the general public. The most impactful part of the craft for me is the understanding of songwriting techniques to enhance the quality of a production. Having a process allows me to structure materials in a way that can emote the right feeling for an audience and have them hooked to the idea.
I spend the majority of my time in the studio working on new material with artist, co-writers, and producers. I never shy from frequent music business consultations to support other creative efforts. I am most proud of the work I have done for my city behind-the-scenes and the feedback I get from the people I have been able to impact in a positive way.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being creative in your experience?
The most rewarding part of being an artist and creative is the ability to inspire others through my work. Inspiration allows my wok to show up in modern culture beyond my lifetime and it is a motivating thought when I take the time to reflect on how I want to be remembered.
In your view, what can society to do to best support artists, creatives and an thriving creative ecosystem?
In my view, society should continue to be more receptive to music that holds long-term value in terms of messaging and content. We have become a world that is satisfied with instant gratification and it hurts the substantive progress we intend to create. I believe we as a people should take a moment to realize where we are headed and what steps can be taken to preserve the industries that gives us creatives platforms to build audiences.
Make no mistake, there is a place for all genres and styles of songwriting. However, I do believe it will take a much more assertive effort from creatives that desire to put out music with strong merit to break the barriers we placed in our own way as a society. It should be undeniably acceptable to make music that motivates and provides a sense of self respect no matter who you are.