INTERVIEW: Amir Brandon

Hi Amir, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi! How have I been since when? Haha. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions this year. I’ve faced some challenges that have taught me a lot about myself, and made some really awesome progress with my music and finding my audience.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cry in the Shower”?
Since the release of my pop-R&B album “Lonely Club” last summer, I’ve started vibing with organic production and more raw-sounding pop music. Cry in the Shower is a reflection of that, and the lyrics are blatantly honest. I know that everyone can relate to this song, whether they’ve really ever cried in the shower or not.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Sometimes I cry in the shower about someone that turned his back on me. I thought it was about time that he got a song. He was an integral part of my life, and soon enough I realized that he wasn’t who I thought he was. I thought I was important to him, so I felt like a bit of a fool when I realized I wasn’t. I feared losing him, and he just went on like it was nothing. The shower is a great place to gather your thoughts. It’s also a great place to wallow. It’s my safe place.

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yes! The music video will release in early November. It’s very wet.

How was the recording and writing process?
Funny enough, I came up with the idea of this song in the shower. The shower is a safe place to wallow, to think, and to overthink. We can unabashedly be ourselves in the shower really let all our feelings out. I recorded the song with my favourite microphone in my favourite studio soon after, and I think that it all came together just right.

What role does Toronto play in your music?
There are some really talented artists in Toronto that I know personally, and their journeys have inspired mine. The music scene is pretty saturated here, so it’s challenging to stand out. I think that it forces artists to hone their craft and get creative.

With your success on the social platforms like TikTok – does this influence your approach to music?
I always hope that the people that connect with my content on TikTok will connect with my original music too. As an avid Tiktok user myself, I know that it’s a platform where honestly and relatability are important; my songwriting falls in line with that. So far, I’ve been blessed with a lot of love from the TikTok community, and I can tell that they’re listening. It means a lot to me.

Do you feel any form of pressure as you put new work together or rather the opposite?
There’s always a little bit of nervousness in hoping that your music is well-received. Nevertheless, the creation process of a song is exhilarating for me when it sounds good.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yep, I’m working on the follow-up single to “Cry in the Shower” as we speak. It’s coming along nicely. I’ve got a really cool remix of a song off my “Lonely Club” album coming soon too!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Stay tuned!

What else is happening next in Amir Brandon’s world?
Please come say “hey” on TikTok and Instagram, and stay tuned for what’s coming soon! @amirbrandon

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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