Brian C. is more than just an artist. He is a man who has passion behind his words with a message to deliver. Through every song, you can tell that he works hard for the cultire and touches the culture in many ways. He’s based in NY, so you can only imagine what he’s surrounded by living in the city where dreams are mad of. When I first met him last year, I loved his energy about his music and fashion. There aren’t many people or creatives who combine the two but when they come together, it shows us a lot about the artist. As Brian and I talked about everything from his music down to the where he gets his style from, everything he said was with passion and you could tell that behind his art, he makes sure he puts his heart into it. This is something he truly wants to go far with.
I’ve recently had the pleasure of catching up with Brian and we got the chance to have a Q&A to talk about more about his artistic journey, fashion and music. I hope that you all enjoy this Q&A between an amazing artist and I!
1. When did you realize music was for you?
2. What about music connects you to it so
3. Who encouraged you to take music serious? Why?
4. Would you say that this something you want to gain fame from or something you love to do Day to day?
5. Who do want to work with in the future as you continue to rise?
1. What should we expect on your be album?
2. Will you be having any features? Are you big on features for rising artists?
3. What is your goal for this album?
4. How far do you want to take this?
5. What message will you be send through this album?
1. How did you Fashion become apart of your life in such a big way?
2. Who are you influenced by when to
Comes to fashion?
3. Did you always like fashion or was it something that came about as you found yourself as a music artist?
4. Would you say that would also venture as a model as well still make music?
5. Because of the impeccable style you have, would you also like to be a stylist? Do you see that in your future? Why or Why Not?
1. I would say the moment I realized that music was for me was actually a couple of years ago. Early 2017, I dropped a song on SoundCloud, just to give people something of me to listen to while I was working on my 1st album. And Speech of 90s rap group Arrested Development reached out to me and gave me encouraging words about my music and told me to keep pushing and stay true to me and to this day, I take those words close to heart as an artist. Having a hip hop legend like him whose music I grew up on reach out to me like that was enough validation for me to say that I’m a true artist and my music is going to mean something to the world one day.
2. Music is something that has always been embedded into me for as long as I can remember as a kid growing up. Earliest memories dating back to my dad playing a lot of his classic r&b, soul, funk, reggae albums from the 70s and 80s. What connects me to music so much is the emotion that an artist you’re listening to can evoke of you. Hearing the passion from that artist in their music. Their happiness and joy, their pain and sorrow. The story that a song tells and how it can be relatable to something you’re currently going through or have been through.
3. I’ve always had friends who encouraged me to make music and be a rapper. But my childhood friend, Steven Middleton, my last conversation with him like two weeks before he passed away was what really made me go I gotta take this shit serious now. My last conversation with him, and this was back in 2015 that summer, he told me how dope of a rapper I was and how stylish I was and I can go far with this. And at that time I didn’t think much of it. But when I got the news that he died, I instantly went back to that last conversation with him. I lost focus with school and ended up dropping out and made the toughest decision of my life at the time to pursue a music career and really make this thing work.
4. For me, it’s a little bit of both. You gotta love every aspect of what you’re doing in order to keep doing it to the best of your ability. And for better or worst, I love making music, I love the man I’ve became through music. & I would be a liar and a hypocrite if I say that I didn’t seek some type of fame for my music, my fashion, anything I’m doing. But I wanna be able to channel my fame into a positive light and use the fame I gain to be kind of like a symbol of hope and inspiration for other aspiring creatives like me, for kids who want to make something of themselves growing up in the hood like me, especially in Brooklyn. And I wanna be able to do a lot of good for my Bed Stuy neighborhood through my fame.
5. As I continue to rise, I want to continue to connect and collaborate with many of the creatives that New York has to offer before branching off to other cities. I’m a firm believer that New York is the mecca and the biggest melting pot of creatives in this country and there’s so much people from many walks of life doing great things in music, fashion, film, art, etc. I see myself in the next couple of years, managing new artists and helping them jumpstart & navigate their careers. I see myself collaborating with more fashion brands and designers and continuing to work with many great photographers & videographers. I’m all about putting my city on the map and taking care of home before possibly getting the opportunity to work in the mainstream.
1. For my new album “IGNATIUS”, listeners should expect a lot of growth between the 1st album “Coming Of Age” and now. Where “Coming Of Age” was a more focused album, this new one has something for everyone. Music about love and heartbreak. Music and even poetry about growing up in the hood and what the everyday struggle is like. Music about losing loved ones like how I’ve lost my dad almost two years ago. Music about being black in America and even the music industry itself. And even music to have fun and turn up to and vibe out to. I challenged myself and really stepped a lot out of my comfort zone for this album. I drew inspiration from a lot of sources and I feel that because of all of those factors, I’ve made the best music I’ve ever made since I started and I cannot wait for everyone to hear it.
2. So just like all of my previous projects, I am going solo again with no features. Not only there’s no features on this album, but I’ve also took up the challenge of producing every record myself for this album. And this isn’t because I don’t like working or collaborating with others, if someone reached out to me to be featured in their work then I’m down to do it as long as it organically fit me as an artist and creative. But my own individual work is so personal to me as the artist I am that I gotta go solo to really tell the story I want to tell. As far as features for us rising artists today, I’m fully supportive of it as long as it is organic between the artists involved and it doesn’t feel forced and it doesn’t compromise the artistry of the artists involved. There are artists who makes their best music through collaborating with other artists and that’s okay. And then there are artists who makes their best music on their own with no features, that’s also okay and I feel like that’s the kind of artist I am.
3. My ultimate goal with this album is for it to put me on the map in some capacity as one of the best up and coming, rising artists in Brooklyn, even the east coast. I want the people who does take the time to listen to this new album to fully absorb it and feel like they heard a great body of work from beginning to end. And I hope that this album is what truly open many and new doors for me within and outside of music and my career going forward.
4. I want to take this music, especially this new album as far as it will let me go. I’ve been working on this album since early last year and I truly believe in my heart and mind, even if no else does, that this is the best music I’ve personally ever made. Not just as a producer, but as a rapper, as an overall artist. I’ve never put more pressure or concentration on myself as I’ve done with my new album. I’ve put every drop of emotion, passion, lyricism, creativity that I’ve got to give on this album to the point where I feel like I have nothing else left to give as an artist. And if this album doesn’t reach the goals I’ve personally set for it, this may be it for me musically.
5. The best way for me to answer that question is to pull a quote from the last track off the new album. “This grind ain’t for everyone, talented or not, but if you love what you do, you gotta do it from your heart.” Think that’s the biggest message I want people to take away from this album when they hear it. Talent will only get you very far without a hard work ethic and discipline. No matter what you do in life or what your career path is, you gotta give it 100 percent. You gotta dedicate yourself to your craft as if your life depends on it because it does. And if your heart is not fully in it, your mind is not fully invested into it, then you shouldn’t be doing this at all. Life is going to throw one curveball after another at you on your journey. It’s going to place the heaviest of weights on your shoulders for you to carry. And either you’re going to tell yourself that I can do this, I’m going to make it and I’m going to push through all of the bullshit or you’re going to let it break you down completely.
1. Fashion i would say became a huge part of my life over the last few years as I’ve continued to mature into the man i am today. Fashion is more than just the brands I wear or the kind of clothes and shoes I wear. Fashion over the last few years became an creative outlet for me to express myself both as an artist and just being me in general. Fashion have given me the confidence in myself, a love and appreciation for myself that I didn’t have before. When i’m in the outfits that I wear today, I feel like I’m the most beautiful brotha alive and no one can’t tell me shit or make me feel otherwise. I owe that to fashion.
2. I have many influences when it comes to fashion. For the most part, I draw inspiration from the 80s, the 90s, even the 2000s and today’s black and hip hop culture. I take a lil bit of each of these decades and blend it along with my creative mind to form a style and aesthetic that is me and works for me. As far as individuals whose fashion influenced me, as cliche as it sounds, there’s Will Smith on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. His style in the 80s and 90s speaks for itself. There’s also Martin Lawrence on Martin. His style to me is very underrated, like it was 90s fresh, but he also had the grown man swagger blended with it that made him look bad ass during those years. And today, A$AP Rocky has been a huge style and music influence for me and still is. If it wasn’t for Flacko, I don’t think I would ever be as attentive to my overall presentation as an artist as I am today.
3. I’ve always loved clothes, especially certain name brands and designers but I was always a sneaker head and sneaker collector first. Today, my room is like a thrift store full of vintage clothing and kicks with a bed to lay my head on. But It really took me becoming the artist that I am today for me to have the genuine love and passion and appreciation for fashion that I now have. The more I dabbled into music and became more invested into it as a career, the more I took my appearance serious and went on to create a sense of style that is unique to me and that people can recognize me for. Over the years, I’ve learned that music and fashion goes hand and hand and you can’t have one over the other. If you’re an artist, your style and your overall presentation is just as important as the music you make. People have checked out my music literally just off the strength of the outfits they see me wear and how I presented myself on my Instagram page and in public.
4. Over the last few years, I’ve dabbled a lil bit in modelling along with my music and found time in between the music to do photoshoots. After this new album, I do plan on taking a hiatus from music to focus on myself first and foremost, and then focus on other endeavors and fashion may be a big one for me to fully focus on. If I decide to have a full time fashion career, I would love to give it my all as I have with music as long as it’s organic and it doesn’t feel forced. I would love to represent and model for up and coming brands and designers and well established brands and designers alike. I would love to actually participate in NY Fashion Week in some type of capacity. I would love to walk the runway of a fashion show which I’ve never done before. Fashion is such a world of it’s own like music and I’m excited for the opportunities it may present me in the near future.
5. First off, thank you queen, I really appreciate that for real. As far as being an stylist, I’ve played with the idea a lot over the last few years and a lot of people tell me that’s something I should go for and that I would make a really dope stylist. I believe that the future is what you make it, no matter what it is. And if being a full time stylist is in my future, then I’m down for it as long as like i said earlier, it is organic for me and the timing of it all is right. If it does become my future career path, then I wanna be able to give it my full 100 percent effort because I know people who are personal stylists with celebrity clientele and it is a lot more work and a lot more layers than a lot of people outside looking in give it credit for. Anything I decide to do in the near future after this next album, I want to be able to give it my absolute best effort and more importantly, have fun and enjoy what I do without compromising my integrity and who I am.
I hope that you all enjoyed this new and exclusive Q&A with Brian and I. Be sure you to stay tuned for his upcoming project, IGNATIUS, which is set to release this Summer and be on the look out this season for a new single. For now, that’s all folks!
My name is Kennedie. I am a young woman still learning the ways of the world and how to manage. I am currently pursuing a degree in Mass Media. My purpose in creating my blog is to inspire others and to share as well as receive different points of view.