IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
BRENBOY: I was born in Heidelberg, Germany but moved to the United States when I was a little boy. I grew up in Southern Oregon in a small town called Grants Pass, then moved to Portland right after high school.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
BRENBOY: I started playing guitar in the 7th grade, performing at talent shows and spoken word competitions. After placing 3rd in the Northwest division for Collegiate Slam Poetry, I decided to enter the music program at my school in Portland, where I studied music production and mastered my craft behind a microphone. I will forever be a student of music though. Currently, I study under the teachings of Dr. Sarah Zipperer-Gaskins and Interdisciplinary PhD Candidate, Shawn Trail. I also have the privilege of working with and learning from a few other talented composers and producers in Oregon.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
BRENBOY: There’s nothing like it. I’m addicted to the feeling I get when I’m in grind mode. I love every aspect. From the pre-production plan, to actually tracking in the studio, then releasing projects and watching my numbers climb, I’m truly passionate about the whole process. My goal is to be the ultimate player of this game.
I live my life to the fullest, just doing my organic thing. Then all of a sudden, I get hit with the opposite of writers block. I write a lot at once, and it usually consists of me reminiscing and psycho-analyzing past experiences. I’m still young, so I’m trying to make sense of this whole life thing just like everybody else. That being said, I have rhyme books filled with quality verses about yesterdays and “guess what happened last night” type stories.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
BRENBOY: My demographic range is deep. What I’m rapping about in my songs is something my 14 year old cousin can relate to, while at the same time, my 40 year old uncle can groove to the rhythms that I’m layering over an old school type beat. Funny, how they both bop their heads and click replay though.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
BRENBOY: Well, my favorite rapper is Andre Nickatina. That was the first concert I went to with the homies as a young teen, and the first show that really inspired me to do something with my craft. I live on the West Coast, so I’m influenced by a lot of rappers like Pac, Snoop and Mac Dre. But I’m really down with the MC style of rhyming, like with Nas, AZ, and Wu-Tang. I should mention though, I have every Outkast cd in my car. And yes, I still have a cd player in my car; I support my local record stores.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
BRENBOY: I write rhymes and tell stories to uplight my people. My people being the folk I grew up with and experienced life situations with. My music represents what we’ve been through as a community and I write lyrics that are familiar to my little home-grown family here in Oregon.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
BRENBOY: Well I didn’t ask to be Mexican, I just got lucky. Growing up in the backwoods and hanging on the side streets with the older cats helped to shape me in a way that would be hard to copy and paste. I’ve never met another chicano from Germany, who is rapping about life in Oregon. However, I hardly try to focus on out-shining other artists. Creating new material is therapy for me, so I don’t see anybody else in my lane. I have the most fun performing in front of crowds because the main focus is originality and stage presence. Romancing the audience is my specialty and a quality that sets me apart from other hip-hop artists in the area.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
BRENBOY: I’m currently writing for a new project that I plan to release during the first quarter of 2016. I’m excited about it because I’m working with some very talented musicians in the studio and they’re all from Oregon. My new project is titled “Toda Mi Gente” and the first single “Cantina Love” was released on my birthday, August 29th.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
BRENBOY: I would love to be featured on Cita con Nelly. I like how much Nelly Rodriquez supports the Latino community by showcasing hispanic artists who are traveling thru the Pacific Northwest. I also have a lot of respect for Tom DeLonge and would love to work with him someday. Ten years from now, I plan to be working on screenplays and still producing music. I can see myself with a studio in my house and a dime piece in my pool. I’d be cool with just that.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
BRENBOY: Check me out on Spotify or iTunes. Those are the sources I use to download and steam music. My music catalog can also be heard for free on Datpiff, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, along with many other streaming sites. These platforms have helped me build my fanbase and connect with other ambitious artists. I love receiving feedback from my listeners and followers on social media @brenboy503. Reading their positive comments and and getting approval from fellow hip hop fanatics is the highest reward for me.
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