Hey M Dot Brando! How long have you been making music? How did you originally get started?
I've been involved in making music in some shape way or form since I was 12 years old. From recording mixtapes to playing the saxophone in a jazz band, I've always been around the music. In 1999 my best friend Jay and I teamed up with my boy Kevin, and joined his rap group “Triple X Playaz”, a group that released explicit music during the 90s era. I honed my writing and performing skills and kept developing myself into more of a seasoned artist. In 2009 I went solo, and have been releasing music and music videos consistently since. Most new followers are surprised when they look into my discography and find over two decades of work. I'm very proud of that!!
For those who don’t know, how would you describe your sound and your approach to music?
The type of music I'm creating nowadays is primarily Spanglish Reggaeton, but I've experimented with all kinds of genres. I'm a big fan of music in general, so when I hear something I like, I internalize what I like and use that to inspire me and implement those vines, and sounds into my creative process. You'll be surprised by how studying other artists and producers sounds can elevate your original sound. Music is art, and I'm inspired by it all.
What can you tell us about the song “Boom”? How did it come to be, and what do you hope people take away from it?
Boom is a form of expression that describes that feeling when you see something you like, or a certain situation is going your way, you act on it or celebrate accordingly. When you’re feeling yourself, so to speak... In the Bay Area we talk differently. "Boom" is just another slang word or expression you might hear if you visit.
What are the main values you want to bring to the music world?
To me, nothing is impossible and no dream is unattainable if you just put your mind to it, and maintain a positive attitude. The main idea is to aim beyond what you think you are capable of... To evolve and completely disregard where you think your capabilities and talents end. I want to inspire people to try to do things that they might think they're incapable of... To motivate them to make their dreams and imagination a reality.
What’s the live scene like where you are, and how important is the live performance to you?
San Francisco offers a variety of different genres and venues with live shows. Right now, I've been mostly into the Latin clubs. Most big acts come through San Francisco because of the quality of the music, the open-mindedness of the crowd, and the experience of performing in a big city. You'll always find emerging artists performing, or a top 40 DJ spinning downtown. Live performances are important to me because I want to see and feel the art live in the flesh. There's a raw element that you get with live music versus recorded playbacks.
What project are you working on through the end of 2019?
I have a whole bunch of singles ready for release, and some music videos in the works. I'm also working on getting more sync placements to follow up on my latest placement "Mojito" that premiered on one of TNT's notable shows "Animal Kingdom". Shots out to my agent Bob, and manager Stilla On The Beat who facilitated the move. My Spotify account has been doing good numbers, so I will continue to create and push the music! I’m most active of Instagram, so follow me @Mdotbrando for my latest drops...