#152 - Brandon from California

September 21, 2022

Here's a classic example of the Valley (Northern Los Angeles) accent. Brandon is a musician, a cat-lover, and he can't live without validation from the internet. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

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Tony Kaizen: [00:00:00] Alright, Brandon, right?

Brandon: [00:00:01] Yes.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:01] Alright, Brandon. So if you had to listen to three albums for the rest of your life, which albums would they be?

Brandon: [00:00:05] I'm going to say LANY by LANY, which is a self-titled album. Umm, Come Home The Kids Miss You by Jack Harlow, umm...and then, Continuum by John Mayer.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:19] LANY is the name of the artist, right?

Brandon: [00:00:20] Yeah, it's a band. Yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:21] Okay. What type of music is that?

Brandon: [00:00:23] It's like alternative pop from California.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:25] Okay. LANY. Nice. Alright, so what are three things that you can't live without?

Brandon: [00:00:32] Food. My cat. And validation from the internet.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:41] Ooh. Validation from the internet.

Brandon: [00:00:43] It's a real thing.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:44] It is, man. You really feel like you can't live without it?

Brandon: [00:00:47] Even...Even...Even in saying that you don't want it or saying that you want a break, I feel like people are like, "Oh, I'm going to be off of Instagram." They want...they want you to be like, "Why?" They want you to check on them, you know?

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:56] Hmm, interesting.

Brandon: [00:00:57] So I think we're...I think it's...yeah. The biggest drug our generation probably has a problem with is validation...

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:02] Validation.

Brandon: [00:01:03] ...yeah. So...

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:05] I have to agree with that, unfortunately, man. Do you post online and stuff like that?

Brandon: [00:01:09] Yeah. Yeah. Cos I make music so like I have to.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:12] Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Brandon: [00:01:13] And then Tik Tok, I like...I like posting there, too.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:16] What type of music you make?

Brandon: [00:01:17] Alternative pop.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:19] Okay, nice. After, Imma get your handle so I can check it out.

Brandon: [00:01:21] Yeah, yeah, for sure.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:22] Alright. So I think we kind of got an idea of what you like to do, but I'm still gonna ask you, if all jobs paid the same and you could do any job, what job would you do?

Brandon: [00:01:32] Umm...I'd probably tour. I'd probably go on music...go on tour playing music.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:36] Hmm. Do you make music by yourself? You're in a band or?

Brandon: [00:01:39] I'm a solo artist, but I have, like, a producer and a band, so. Yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:43] Nice. Okay. What is it about music that…that gets you going? Why would you choose that job specifically?

Brandon: [00:01:48] Umm, it's like therapy, I think, like, writing something. I like writing. And then it transpiring into like something that you can hear and then something visual and something that people can feel when they're seeing you play. It's a cool form of therapy and then giving to people, giving energy.

Tony Kaizen: [00:02:05] I like that. The energy exchange part, right? Especially when you're touring live.

Brandon: [00:02:09] For sure. Yeah. Yeah. I've gotten to play a few shows here and that's just been cool. So I want to go other places.

Tony Kaizen: [00:02:16] That's interesting too, because you said you make alternative pop as the genre, right?

Brandon: [00:02:19] Yeah. Yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:02:19] In a city like Atlanta, which is kind of like Black Mecca, let's call it. How's the reception been when people see you making pop music?

Brandon: [00:02:28] It's different. I mean, you feel like you have to win people over in some ways, but it's also an advantage. It's almost like being like a white rapper, I feel like.

Tony Kaizen: [00:02:35] Hmm. That's interesting.

Brandon: [00:02:36] You're trying to break into a market where, I mean, it's a little bit easier for me, I guess, because the market is so inclusive where I feel like rap is more gatekept. This is more like, you know, there's wild cards like Khalid and stuff like that, that find their way into the genre. So.

Tony Kaizen: [00:02:54] Why do you think that is though? So like specifically hip hop. It's almost like a "members only club" where you have to fit into the box to be accepted.

Brandon: [00:03:01] I think it's gatekeeping umm...and I...and I think it's valid too because we...Black culture feels like they've been excluded from so many things and it's like this is finally something that we've had and we've established and it's like, people don't want a Jack Harlow in it. And I think if someone pays the respect enough to our community and our culture, and they should be able to, you know, partake, especially if they're good at it. So.

Tony Kaizen: [00:03:25] Definitely. But let's imagine that somebody really didn't have any appreciation or even knowledge of the history, and the culture, and the art form, do you think that's like a requisite or you think that'd be totally fine, too?

Brandon: [00:03:36] No, I think...I think you have to...your rite of passage is embracing the culture, not profiting off of it, and not embracing it is, I think, disrespectful.

Tony Kaizen: [00:03:45] Interesting.

Brandon: [00:03:45] So yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:03:46] Okay. So now I'm going to switch gears a little bit. Out of curiosity, how many languages do you speak?

Brandon: [00:03:51] Two, fluently.

Tony Kaizen: [00:03:53] Really?

Brandon: [00:03:53] Yeah, just umm...sign language and English.

Tony Kaizen: [00:03:57] Okay.

Brandon: [00:03:57] Yeah, but I'm going to Europe this summer, so I want to learn a little bit of French.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:00] French? Yeah. Okay. So if you could learn any language, it would be French?

Brandon: [00:04:03] French. Yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:04] Okay.

Brandon: [00:04:04] I think it's just like, it rolls off the tongue nicely.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:06] It does sound nice.

Brandon: [00:04:08] Yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:08] Yeah, I like it. So if you could visit any country, would it be France or another one?

Brandon: [00:04:12] France. Yeah, I'm going to London, umm...And then...or yeah, I don't know. The UK. Is that a country? Yeah, the UK, and then France. But I'm most excited for France because I feel like the UK is going to be the most similar to the United States cos we're like a spinoff of them. So it's like, yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:28] The remix, right?

Brandon: [00:04:28] Yeah, the remix, the spicy version.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:31] Yeah, yeah, yeah. I dig it.

Brandon: [00:04:31] Yeah, chaotic, but yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:33] Okay, cool, man. Brandon, right?

Brandon: [00:04:34] Yes.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:35] That's cool. Appreciate you, man.

[END OF EPISODE]

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Tony Kaizen: [00:00:00] Alright, Brandon, right?

Brandon: [00:00:01] Yes.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:01] Alright, Brandon. So if you had to listen to three albums for the rest of your life, which albums would they be?

Brandon: [00:00:05] I'm going to say LANY by LANY, which is a self-titled album. Umm, Come Home The Kids Miss You by Jack Harlow, umm...and then, Continuum by John Mayer.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:19] LANY is the name of the artist, right?

Brandon: [00:00:20] Yeah, it's a band. Yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:21] Okay. What type of music is that?

Brandon: [00:00:23] It's like alternative pop from California.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:25] Okay. LANY. Nice. Alright, so what are three things that you can't live without?

Brandon: [00:00:32] Food. My cat. And validation from the internet.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:41] Ooh. Validation from the internet.

Brandon: [00:00:43] It's a real thing.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:44] It is, man. You really feel like you can't live without it?

Brandon: [00:00:47] Even...Even...Even in saying that you don't want it or saying that you want a break, I feel like people are like, "Oh, I'm going to be off of Instagram." They want...they want you to be like, "Why?" They want you to check on them, you know?

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:56] Hmm, interesting.

Brandon: [00:00:57] So I think we're...I think it's...yeah. The biggest drug our generation probably has a problem with is validation...

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:02] Validation.

Brandon: [00:01:03] ...yeah. So...

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:05] I have to agree with that, unfortunately, man. Do you post online and stuff like that?

Brandon: [00:01:09] Yeah. Yeah. Cos I make music so like I have to.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:12] Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Brandon: [00:01:13] And then Tik Tok, I like...I like posting there, too.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:16] What type of music you make?

Brandon: [00:01:17] Alternative pop.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:19] Okay, nice. After, Imma get your handle so I can check it out.

Brandon: [00:01:21] Yeah, yeah, for sure.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:22] Alright. So I think we kind of got an idea of what you like to do, but I'm still gonna ask you, if all jobs paid the same and you could do any job, what job would you do?

Brandon: [00:01:32] Umm...I'd probably tour. I'd probably go on music...go on tour playing music.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:36] Hmm. Do you make music by yourself? You're in a band or?

Brandon: [00:01:39] I'm a solo artist, but I have, like, a producer and a band, so. Yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:43] Nice. Okay. What is it about music that…that gets you going? Why would you choose that job specifically?

Brandon: [00:01:48] Umm, it's like therapy, I think, like, writing something. I like writing. And then it transpiring into like something that you can hear and then something visual and something that people can feel when they're seeing you play. It's a cool form of therapy and then giving to people, giving energy.

Tony Kaizen: [00:02:05] I like that. The energy exchange part, right? Especially when you're touring live.

Brandon: [00:02:09] For sure. Yeah. Yeah. I've gotten to play a few shows here and that's just been cool. So I want to go other places.

Tony Kaizen: [00:02:16] That's interesting too, because you said you make alternative pop as the genre, right?

Brandon: [00:02:19] Yeah. Yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:02:19] In a city like Atlanta, which is kind of like Black Mecca, let's call it. How's the reception been when people see you making pop music?

Brandon: [00:02:28] It's different. I mean, you feel like you have to win people over in some ways, but it's also an advantage. It's almost like being like a white rapper, I feel like.

Tony Kaizen: [00:02:35] Hmm. That's interesting.

Brandon: [00:02:36] You're trying to break into a market where, I mean, it's a little bit easier for me, I guess, because the market is so inclusive where I feel like rap is more gatekept. This is more like, you know, there's wild cards like Khalid and stuff like that, that find their way into the genre. So.

Tony Kaizen: [00:02:54] Why do you think that is though? So like specifically hip hop. It's almost like a "members only club" where you have to fit into the box to be accepted.

Brandon: [00:03:01] I think it's gatekeeping umm...and I...and I think it's valid too because we...Black culture feels like they've been excluded from so many things and it's like this is finally something that we've had and we've established and it's like, people don't want a Jack Harlow in it. And I think if someone pays the respect enough to our community and our culture, and they should be able to, you know, partake, especially if they're good at it. So.

Tony Kaizen: [00:03:25] Definitely. But let's imagine that somebody really didn't have any appreciation or even knowledge of the history, and the culture, and the art form, do you think that's like a requisite or you think that'd be totally fine, too?

Brandon: [00:03:36] No, I think...I think you have to...your rite of passage is embracing the culture, not profiting off of it, and not embracing it is, I think, disrespectful.

Tony Kaizen: [00:03:45] Interesting.

Brandon: [00:03:45] So yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:03:46] Okay. So now I'm going to switch gears a little bit. Out of curiosity, how many languages do you speak?

Brandon: [00:03:51] Two, fluently.

Tony Kaizen: [00:03:53] Really?

Brandon: [00:03:53] Yeah, just umm...sign language and English.

Tony Kaizen: [00:03:57] Okay.

Brandon: [00:03:57] Yeah, but I'm going to Europe this summer, so I want to learn a little bit of French.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:00] French? Yeah. Okay. So if you could learn any language, it would be French?

Brandon: [00:04:03] French. Yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:04] Okay.

Brandon: [00:04:04] I think it's just like, it rolls off the tongue nicely.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:06] It does sound nice.

Brandon: [00:04:08] Yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:08] Yeah, I like it. So if you could visit any country, would it be France or another one?

Brandon: [00:04:12] France. Yeah, I'm going to London, umm...And then...or yeah, I don't know. The UK. Is that a country? Yeah, the UK, and then France. But I'm most excited for France because I feel like the UK is going to be the most similar to the United States cos we're like a spinoff of them. So it's like, yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:28] The remix, right?

Brandon: [00:04:28] Yeah, the remix, the spicy version.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:31] Yeah, yeah, yeah. I dig it.

Brandon: [00:04:31] Yeah, chaotic, but yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:33] Okay, cool, man. Brandon, right?

Brandon: [00:04:34] Yes.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:35] That's cool. Appreciate you, man.

[END OF EPISODE]

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  • What did you think of Brandon's accent? Was is difficult to understand?
  • What are three things you can't live without?
  • If you could visit any country, which one would it be, and why?
  • Do you feel that you need validation form the internet? Why or why not?
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Tony Kaizen: [00:00:00] Alright, Brandon, right?

Brandon: [00:00:01] Yes.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:01] Alright, Brandon. So if you had to listen to three albums for the rest of your life, which albums would they be?

Brandon: [00:00:05] I'm going to say LANY by LANY, which is a self-titled album. Umm, Come Home The Kids Miss You by Jack Harlow, umm...and then, Continuum by John Mayer.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:19] LANY is the name of the artist, right?

Brandon: [00:00:20] Yeah, it's a band. Yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:21] Okay. What type of music is that?

Brandon: [00:00:23] It's like alternative pop from California.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:25] Okay. LANY. Nice. Alright, so what are three things that you can't live without?

Brandon: [00:00:32] Food. My cat. And validation from the internet.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:41] Ooh. Validation from the internet.

Brandon: [00:00:43] It's a real thing.

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:44] It is, man. You really feel like you can't live without it?

Brandon: [00:00:47] Even...Even...Even in saying that you don't want it or saying that you want a break, I feel like people are like, "Oh, I'm going to be off of Instagram." They want...they want you to be like, "Why?" They want you to check on them, you know?

Tony Kaizen: [00:00:56] Hmm, interesting.

Brandon: [00:00:57] So I think we're...I think it's...yeah. The biggest drug our generation probably has a problem with is validation...

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:02] Validation.

Brandon: [00:01:03] ...yeah. So...

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:05] I have to agree with that, unfortunately, man. Do you post online and stuff like that?

Brandon: [00:01:09] Yeah. Yeah. Cos I make music so like I have to.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:12] Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Brandon: [00:01:13] And then Tik Tok, I like...I like posting there, too.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:16] What type of music you make?

Brandon: [00:01:17] Alternative pop.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:19] Okay, nice. After, Imma get your handle so I can check it out.

Brandon: [00:01:21] Yeah, yeah, for sure.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:22] Alright. So I think we kind of got an idea of what you like to do, but I'm still gonna ask you, if all jobs paid the same and you could do any job, what job would you do?

Brandon: [00:01:32] Umm...I'd probably tour. I'd probably go on music...go on tour playing music.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:36] Hmm. Do you make music by yourself? You're in a band or?

Brandon: [00:01:39] I'm a solo artist, but I have, like, a producer and a band, so. Yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:01:43] Nice. Okay. What is it about music that…that gets you going? Why would you choose that job specifically?

Brandon: [00:01:48] Umm, it's like therapy, I think, like, writing something. I like writing. And then it transpiring into like something that you can hear and then something visual and something that people can feel when they're seeing you play. It's a cool form of therapy and then giving to people, giving energy.

Tony Kaizen: [00:02:05] I like that. The energy exchange part, right? Especially when you're touring live.

Brandon: [00:02:09] For sure. Yeah. Yeah. I've gotten to play a few shows here and that's just been cool. So I want to go other places.

Tony Kaizen: [00:02:16] That's interesting too, because you said you make alternative pop as the genre, right?

Brandon: [00:02:19] Yeah. Yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:02:19] In a city like Atlanta, which is kind of like Black Mecca, let's call it. How's the reception been when people see you making pop music?

Brandon: [00:02:28] It's different. I mean, you feel like you have to win people over in some ways, but it's also an advantage. It's almost like being like a white rapper, I feel like.

Tony Kaizen: [00:02:35] Hmm. That's interesting.

Brandon: [00:02:36] You're trying to break into a market where, I mean, it's a little bit easier for me, I guess, because the market is so inclusive where I feel like rap is more gatekept. This is more like, you know, there's wild cards like Khalid and stuff like that, that find their way into the genre. So.

Tony Kaizen: [00:02:54] Why do you think that is though? So like specifically hip hop. It's almost like a "members only club" where you have to fit into the box to be accepted.

Brandon: [00:03:01] I think it's gatekeeping umm...and I...and I think it's valid too because we...Black culture feels like they've been excluded from so many things and it's like this is finally something that we've had and we've established and it's like, people don't want a Jack Harlow in it. And I think if someone pays the respect enough to our community and our culture, and they should be able to, you know, partake, especially if they're good at it. So.

Tony Kaizen: [00:03:25] Definitely. But let's imagine that somebody really didn't have any appreciation or even knowledge of the history, and the culture, and the art form, do you think that's like a requisite or you think that'd be totally fine, too?

Brandon: [00:03:36] No, I think...I think you have to...your rite of passage is embracing the culture, not profiting off of it, and not embracing it is, I think, disrespectful.

Tony Kaizen: [00:03:45] Interesting.

Brandon: [00:03:45] So yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:03:46] Okay. So now I'm going to switch gears a little bit. Out of curiosity, how many languages do you speak?

Brandon: [00:03:51] Two, fluently.

Tony Kaizen: [00:03:53] Really?

Brandon: [00:03:53] Yeah, just umm...sign language and English.

Tony Kaizen: [00:03:57] Okay.

Brandon: [00:03:57] Yeah, but I'm going to Europe this summer, so I want to learn a little bit of French.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:00] French? Yeah. Okay. So if you could learn any language, it would be French?

Brandon: [00:04:03] French. Yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:04] Okay.

Brandon: [00:04:04] I think it's just like, it rolls off the tongue nicely.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:06] It does sound nice.

Brandon: [00:04:08] Yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:08] Yeah, I like it. So if you could visit any country, would it be France or another one?

Brandon: [00:04:12] France. Yeah, I'm going to London, umm...And then...or yeah, I don't know. The UK. Is that a country? Yeah, the UK, and then France. But I'm most excited for France because I feel like the UK is going to be the most similar to the United States cos we're like a spinoff of them. So it's like, yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:28] The remix, right?

Brandon: [00:04:28] Yeah, the remix, the spicy version.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:31] Yeah, yeah, yeah. I dig it.

Brandon: [00:04:31] Yeah, chaotic, but yeah.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:33] Okay, cool, man. Brandon, right?

Brandon: [00:04:34] Yes.

Tony Kaizen: [00:04:35] That's cool. Appreciate you, man.

[END OF EPISODE]

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