INTERVIEW: Brandon McHose
By Cyrus Rhodes
I recently had the privilege of reviewing the latest EP from singer-songwriter Brandon McHose entitled "Late Night" (2011). From start to finish “Late Night” EP is an impressive musical teaser from Bandon McHose. The music is grooving, upbeat and entertaining. The songwriting – all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. The writing, playing and singing abilities of Brandon McHose and his band are rock solid. The guitar work from McHose is masterful and for the record I could listen to him play that thing all day long. Last but not least the vocal presence and overall persona of Brandon McHose is something many females around the country should really die for - well into the late night.
IMD How would you classify your music and your overall writing style?
BM I would classify my music as variations of rock. If I had to be specific, Rock with small flares of blues and country mixed together. Sometimes almost like a Sting meets Jimi Hendrix meets contemporary/alternative. My music has been regionally influenced as I have moved around the country. My lyrical writing style comes from listening to country writers in Nashville and beyond, but I don't really write country music, I Just enjoy how vivid their lyrics are and the storytelling that often comes out of their songs. My guitar is the largest influence on my writing. Wherever the riff starts is where the songs starts. From there I begin to write the lyrics and it eventually becomes a song.
IMD Who are some of your top 5 musical influences – both vocally and musically?
BM Vocally - Sting, Rob Thomas, Brandon Boyd, Jonny Reznick, Steve Miller. Musically - The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Foo Fighters, Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits, Jonny Lang, Brad Paisley even.
IMD How does this release differ from your previous album, “Token”?
BM Much edgier! no downplaying the guitar and guitar solos. The use of the electric guitars were more prevalent on this EP than past records. I also didn't pre-edit these songs for radio as I've somewhat done in the past... I just let these go! I had full control over these songs as I produced them on my own this time around. That is a "new" formula I'll be using moving forward! :)
IMD What’s the main thing you want people to take from your music?
BM I want people to love the song as much as I do, and I want people to notice the guitar playing if they are in to that! I want people to sense the honesty in my songs as something they can relate to. Overall I just want people to be excited about what I will come out with next and know that it will sound different that anything else I previously have written. I want to keep it fresh and exciting. I want people to notice that my music is growing in a positive way.
IMD What was the first song you ever wrote?
BM A song called "Last Night" and I never play it anymore.. Some of my friends say it's their favorite song but that has to be a lie because it seems amateur when I look back on it. haha. I mean I really hope I didn't hit my peak at age 16!
"I want people to notice that my music is growing in a positive way."
- Brandon McHose -
IMD What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
BM Either the first time I saw the Eagles live or the Eric Clapton Crossroads Festival in Dallas TX 2004. Both were monumental in propelling my interest in music further. Both concerts inspired me to work harder and keep writing.
IMD Is there a song that stands out on this release as being your favorite on your latest album?
BM I really like the song Next 3 because it combines everything I've ever wanted to do in one song ---- Rock hard and hammer some guitar solos out. Late Night is 2nd place...I love playing that song and had fun with the lyrics.
IMD How’s the music business in your neck of the woods?
BM I'd have to say Chicago has a different idea about the music scene than traditional music cities like Nashville, LA or Austin. The corporate end of things here can be very advantageous, however the live scene is a totally different beast. I'm looking forward to seeing how things pan out throughout 2012. I'm not glued to any one particular city as I want to be playing EVERYWHERE. I do miss Austin and it's weather at times!
IMD What’s next for Brandon McHose? Touring?
BM In 2012 I'd like to hammer the college market during the Spring while playing the majority of non college shows in the Midwest. I'm planning on getting out numerous states for 2 or 3 show weekends. These include Colorado, Arizona, Texas and many others. By summer I'd like to be playing every festival I can get my hands on! I want to be as busy as I can playing shows that can benefit and promote my newest release "Late Night". Who knows where we'll be by Fall!...
IMD I see you are getting radio play for “Next 3.” Can you talk a bit more about this song and the meaning of it?
BM Next 3 is a personal song about the types of people I met over numerous 3-year periods in my life, mainly in the music industry. The song uses many metaphors to help get across the types of good and bad struggles, and liars and truth tellers that you meet on the journey to the top. It essentially reiterates that people are not often who or what they claim to be. In general, the song is about getting through hard times and being excited to move forward in my career/life. I'm really hoping I won't need to write a sequel to it later! I'm very grateful for the radio airplay and support this song has been receiving. I always felt like this could be a single for me, even with multiple guitar solos. I'm thankful this song is giving me a chance to expand to new fans and markets. chose the two charities noted because they seemed to be the leading charities supporting the overall effort.
interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.
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