Brandon Bally Interview, Being A Pittsburgh Native & Using That As A Power In Music

We recently talked to Brandon Bally on life as a Hip-Hop artist in Pittsburgh and his latest release, Pew Pew.

Hey Brandon, thanks for talking to us today. Your latest track “Pew Pew” is
described as the ultimate hip-hop club anthem. What was the inspiration behind this

I wanted to create an experience. Dancing is good for the soul. At times, we go in spaces where no one is dancing. Everyone is separated, guarded, and distant in a setting where they should be moving.

How does Pittsburgh’s music scene influence your style and creativity?

I am spearheading a new wave of my city’s music scene. What I want to do is outline something unique and innovative because that is what I believe is the essence of my city and the people who inhibit it. I aspire to stay true to my roots. We aren’t like everyone else and I want to represent that.

Who were your musical influences growing up, and how have they shaped your sound today?

 My influences span across many genres such as the following: – Soul/ R&B, House Music, Rock & Alternative, and Jazz. 

Artists and bands that have inspired me are the following

 Soul: Earth, Wind and Fire, Parliament, Gil Scott Heron, Stevie Wonder – R&B: Maxwell, Kem, Music Soulchild, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige – Hip Hop/ Rap: Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Ludacris, Big KRIT, Wale, J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Lupe Fiasco 

Rock: Slipknot, Linkin Park, Fall Out Boys, Korn 

Jazz: Rodney McCoy, Roy Ayers 

These artists have inspired how I approach the creation of my music and how I want to make it feel. These artists also inspire how I want to perform, brand, and deliver my art. 

How did you incorporate elements of Jersey Club Music into “Pew Pew,” and what was the production process like? 

The instrumental already had the Jersey Club Music feel. The production process was good. My engineer Mike Moore created the initial recording at LDB10 Studios. My fellow artist, B. Aquarius, completed additional mixing & mastering for this track.

What are your plans for future releases? Can fans expect more music in the same vein as “Pew Pew”? 

Future releases will continue to reflect my musical versatility. Expect more music that will create an experience. Expect more music that can be played and interacted with in different settings. 

Are there any upcoming collaborations or projects you’re particularly excited about? T

he Cats Out The Bag EP is on the way. This is my first EP and I am excited to release it. 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time when you’re not making music? 

Going to the gym. Reading & writing. Spending time in nature at parks or at beaches. Traveling. Hooping. 

What advice would you give to aspiring artists looking to make their mark in the music world? 

 Believe in yourself. Be patient. Trust the process. Be clear on what you want and go after it relentlessly.

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