Listen to the new song from Brandi Paige – Love on the Fly
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I am from Dallas, Texas. I got into music by twist of fate, you could say. I grew up learning to play piano and the flute, and later when I was 14 I began playing bass guitar and guitar. I started playing bass guitar in my local church youth band, but never really took it very much farther than that. When I was in college I began dating a guitar player in the local Dallas rock band, Frolic, named Matt Setzer. I soon became a fan of the band following them and learning all their songs by heart. Unfortunately, Matt Setzer passed away in a tragic car accident in 2004 and radically changed my life.
I auditioned for the band as the new guitar player and got the position! I played lead electric guitar and sang backup in the band for the next five years. I grew and learned so much about music and performing in this band that I still carry with me today. I soon discovered that I had a passion for performing music that I had never experienced before.
I began a side project called Love Paradigm with the drummer from Frolic. We performed as a male/female acoustic duo for 5 years all around Dallas. It was in this acoustic duo that I began singing and discovering my own vocal abilities, but inside I was itching with creativity! Sadly, after 5 years Frolic came to an end. I was left beside myself wondering what would be the next step I should take.
Two months later, my partner and I were asked to travel to Belize to turn our acoustic duo project into a full band and perform 7 nights a week on a beautiful tropical island! It was here I found the creative freedom to learn and mold myself in a way that I hadn’t had before. I lived and performed in Belize for 2 years. It was here I began to write my own original music and wrote my first original song Unbury Me. It was an amazing experience, taught me so much about performing, and really helped me take the next step in my life. After 2 years of performing, I found myself yearning for something more and decided to leave Belize to take the next step in my life.
Once back in Texas, with all the skills I had acquired, I began singing in big local cover bands all around Dallas and soon became a well known female singer/artist in the local Dallas cover band scene. I also began recording my own original music. It was in writing and creating my own music that I truly found my passion in life!
In the middle of producing my first album, I decided to begin side work as a solo guitarist/vocalist on cruise ships. I have now traveled all over the world performing and entertaining people of all ages! This really guided my guitar playing, vocal skills, and crowd management skills to the next level I needed. I am still performing on cruise ships in between my work in Dallas.
What do you have coming up? What are some of the new projects we can expect to see?
I just finished recording all the songs for my first album called Stoic Beauty in March 2013 and will be releasing the official album in June 2013. I currently have 2 new music videos in the works. I will be performing on a cruise ship till November and once finished will be began performing my music as a full band.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
It’s called Love on the Fly. It’s about falling hard for someone and it not working out like you thought it would.
How does your music separate yourself from other artists and bands out there?
I feel like my music reflects me as a person. I’ve never been able to put myself in a “mold” my whole life and I think my music does the same. My music has something that every type/age of person can either relate to in the music or the lyrics and will leave the chorus stuck in your head for days. I’m not a “cookie cutter” musician, so everything I write is from my heart, reflects all of my life experiences, my originality, and carries a piece of myself with it.
While I tend of stay in the rock/pop genre, I write songs about my life based on what mood or style of music I’m feeling at the moment when I write the song. I enjoy writing uplifting music or music that takes a bad situation and looks at the light at the end of the tunnel, which in turn is also like therapy for me in writing these songs.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Since I am an up-and-coming artist, I would say the hardest challenges I’ve had to face so far are financial struggles and just fighting to make a start and be heard by people. Making a professional sounding album is like a business investment and it’s been quite a struggle (yet rewarding) at this point funding it all by myself. I’m thankful that I’ve had some great people that have really helped me along the way. It’s also a hard struggle getting your music out to the right people and the right ears.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
I think one of the biggest setbacks I’ve had was really dealing with situations in my life that prevented my musical creativity and me from truly blossoming, which is what the transition in my first album, Stoic Beauty, is based on. In my first couple bands, Frolic and Love Paradigm, I learned so much but never really had any type of positive musical reinforcement or freedom to grow/create my own music.
It wasn’t until I left everything I’d known, stopped doing things that were holding me back, and had to truly rely myself that I began to find musically who I was. It was then I really got a chance to grow and let my own creativity expand beyond my wildest dreams. I found positive people that helped mold me and give me the confidence I needed to become the strong and beautiful person/songwriter I am today.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
From my own personal experience I think artists need to be careful of people that try to bring you down, whether it is with your music or your own spirit.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Make music, do what you love, and have no regrets! Even if you are unsuccessful in anything you attempt, then you can always look back and say you gave it your all and tried!
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
My favorite way to promote myself is meeting people in person, having conversations with them, and actually having them experience my music by listening to a track, performing live, or in some cases even writing a song about them! It’s a great feeling when someone genuinely has an interest in your art/music and takes time to listen and become a fan.