All the way from Saco, Maine, comes artist Brandon Aull. Brandon attended Husson University, where he majored in Audio Engineering. “Music is something I’ve loved for a long time, and as I started my music career I wanted to learn more about the process of recording, engineering, mixing, and mastering music” Brandon said, when asked why he chose that specific major at Husson University. He currently works at a hip-hop/urban radio station, Hot 104.7, in southern, Maine. “I do production, social media, blog posting and I’m on air at night. It’s a dope job and a perfect fit for this point in my life. But the music is ultimately what I want to be doing full time. Soon enough!” Brandon speaks on, when asked what he does at Hot 104.7.
Brandon Aull goes by the stage name of B.Aull, and has been making music since he was a junior in high school at the age of 16. “8 years later and I haven’t looked back since.” I always like to ask what made these artists want to pursue music and for Brandon he said, “I always loved music and had people around me that did as well. Junior year of high school I had a friend that encouraged me to start rapping with him. Shortly after I decided to make music, I saw J. Cole perform at Port City in Portland. That performance made me really want to pursue music as a career, and the rest is history.” Another question I like to ask is who inspired them to make music, and for Brandon he said, “Well, as stated above, J. Cole for sure. That moment of seeing him killing it on stage really just lit a fire in me where I was like “man, I really want to do that.””
Getting to where he is now at Hot 104.7, and in the music industry, Brandon said “I just bought some basic recording equipment and got to working on songs back in high school. I used beats from producers on YouTube and what not at the time. Over the years, I’ve become friends with producers that are my go-to’s. On the radio side, I was graduating from college and seeing as I had no problem being an entertainer, it just happened to be a perfect fit at the right time for me to slide in and be on-air.” When asking artists if they’re signed to a record label, or see themselves being signed, Brandon answered with, “I’m currently independent. No record label behind me as of now but definitely wouldn’t be opposed to it in the future if the right situation presented itself. In today’s day and age though, there’s a lot you can manage to do on your own that only record label’s could’ve offered in the past. It’s a great time to be an independent artist!”
“I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and interacting with so many amazing and talented people. Whether it’s fans at shows I’m performing at, artists I work with, or people I meet at the radio station, the connections and relationships I’ve built have been amazing.” Brandon said, when asked how has his career impacted his life today. I always also like to ask artists these questions to get personal with them, and show the fans the real intimate sides. With that being said, I asked Brandon what his craziest fan experience was, and he responded, “nothing too crazy has happened to me with a fan quite yet, so I’ll chalk that up as a win. Mostly just a lot of cool interactions. Lately people have been recognizing me pretty much every time I go out in public around Maine which is pretty cool and also weird at the same time haha.” Fan experiences are everything for an artist, since they’re the ones who get that artist to where they are today in the industry. Asking Brandon if there were any changes he would make to his job, “not a single one. I love what I do!” he replied with.
Artists will always get asked what advice they have to give those trying to pursue the same career, and for Brandon this was his advice, “do it because you love to do it and do it as much as you possibly can. The more I get into a groove, the easier it becomes, and I don’t get into a groove unless I’m putting time into it on the daily. To put that kind of time into it, you have to love it!” When getting asked for advice on writing music, Brandon also spoke on, “don’t force it. Writer’s block happens to everybody so don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get the words out. I think writing will always be inspired by things happening in your life, so try to live more and go do something that will leave you inspired. In conversation, I always try to listen for words and phrases that I think could make for a good song title/concept. You never know when a simple conversation could lead to your next hit.”
Speaking on music and writing, I asked Brandon how his music has changed from his oldest to latest, and he said, “I’m completely a different artist than I was a couple years ago, and even a year ago. I’ve become a lot more melodic, my song structures have become solid, and lyrically and flow wise I’ve gotten tighter. I’m definitely not the artist I used to be and it’s really cool to see the progression. I can’t wait to share all of the new music!” From that question I then asked what his favorite song of his is, “It’s not released yet haha. But it will be very soon. I can’t say the title but I just love the balance of singing and rapping, and just the overall vibe. But as for songs that I have out right now, it’s a toss up between You Can Have It All and Come Down,” Brandon said.
Another favorite question I like to ask artists is who they have collaborated or see themselves working with in the future. For Brandon, he mentioned, “mostly people locally thus far. The homie Bensbeendead., Spose, Shane Reis, Sarah Violette, this Turkish production duo called the Flytones. I got some really cool features on my upcoming EP though that I’m stoked about.”On artists he’s worked with, but he said he would like to work with “mostly producers though off of the top of my head. I would love to work with Kaytranada, Sango, Take A Daytrip, and legends such as Timbaland and Pharrell. It would definitely be dope to work with artists that I’ve looked up to such as J. Cole, Kendrick, Kanye, Goldlink, Drake, and Anderson Paak.”
To wrap up this interview with Brandon, “B. Aull,” I asked him where he sees himself/career in five years, “I see myself at the Grammy’s haha. In five years I’ll definitely be living off of my music, touring the world, and letting my music take me to all kinds of new places and experiences. I can’t wait.” He said. Any fan or fans reading this of Brandons, lets get him to the Grammys someday! The last question I always ask is if they didn’t have the job they have today, what would they be doing? “Oh I’d be working on music all day, everyday. Since that would be the only thing to focus on, the progress I feel I’d make would be major. I can’t wait for that day to come where my only job is music, music, and more music. Fortunately, I feel like that’s coming sooner than later.” Where for an artist like Brandon, he would still be working with music from his major and dedication to it. For anyone reading this who hasn’t yet heard of B. Aull links to his music platforms and social media are down below! Enjoy!