As Jared Brady says so well, the gift of an artist is to be able to be in tune with himself enough to hear the music in his head. Some say that the curse of the struggle to find that sound but interviewing Brady, he has taught me that the sound is always in constant evolution and growth.
Since he first put out his music 2 years ago, he has shared his process, the ups and the downs on social media and of course, through his lyrics. His down-to-earth vibes and willingness to open up has built a following of fans that highly respect him as a creative.
With a new album in the works, I chatted with Jared Brady about his relationship with music and his transformation as an artist.
Tell us about yourself. How did your relationship with music start?
I was born and raised in Califonia, USA. I started my career at seven years old as a Michael Jackson impersonator (laughs). I grew up going back and forth between LA and the IE and grew up with a very eclectic taste from an early age with my dad playing Jay-Z and my mom playing Duran Duran.
How would you describe your music?
The phrase “constant evolution” comes to mind. The more I grow into my self as an artist. I notice that my music takes the shape of how I feel. I look at making music as an expressive experience, and I go with my gut. Some days I’m feeling disco funk, and some days I’m feeling rap.
Which of your songs are you most proud of? Why?
I would have to say it’s a song that I haven’t put out yet. I started on my new album a few weeks ago, and we made a heater the other day. It makes me smile just thinking about it.
The phrase “constant evolution” comes to mind. The more I grow into myself as an artist. I notice that my music takes the shape of how I feel.
How much time do you dedicate to your music?
If I’m not physically working on music I’m thinking about music. If I’m not thinking about music I’m listening to music or watching an interview of an artist that I’m geeking over at the time. It’s constantly on my mind. I don’t have a set number of hours that I dedicate to music. I feel like my life is music.
You first started putting out your music two years ago, with Get It Girl being the first on SoundCloud. In such a short amount of time, you’ve been able to build a name for yourself. You have created music that people respect and follow. What have been your struggles to get to this point?
First off that’s so amazing that you know about Get it girl! But the major struggles have been not getting in my own way. I tend to over think and jump way too far ahead, and sometimes that trips me up and causes self-doubt. I have to always remind myself that the music is first and art is subjective.
Piggybacking off the last question, what do you think will be upcoming challenges you’ll have to confront to take your music to the next level?
I already see from an early stage that relationships are key factors in the next level. So establishing and holding relationships is the next game to be played.
The music video for Soaring was a very honest one and one of my favorites because it showed what it really takes to create. Can you tell us more about the video?
Well, the video is a good reminder that nowadays if you don’t know how to do it all, you won’t make it. Every video I have put out I edited, and not because I wanted to but because I had to. Either the editor couldn’t perform quick enough, or the director got flakey. The show must go on.
From Pre-Game to Get It Girl, do you think your music has evolved over the years? How so?
Well, ironically Pregame was recorded about a year or two ago. I just waited to put it out. I tend to record and stack records until I feel it’s right. Even “You” —that was recorded about a year ago too. As for if my music has evolved or not, I think my music is always evolving and always changing.
What?! Pregame was recorded two years ago? Why did you hide it from us?! Haha! What are some songs/order that actually represent your evolution?
Mmm maybe for me it’s not songs being the evolutions but projects being that for me.
All the kings’ horses was “a young boy learning the ropes of music Jared.” Enjoy summer was a “polished pop radio Jared.” This new album is Jared who understands who he is and respects his balance of masculinity and femininity
Should be fun! I can’t wait for you to hear it!
One of Clever-ish Magazine’s pillar is creativity, so we want to get your thoughts on these two topics:
- Create something every day for a year, or create a few masterpieces once a year?
You have to create every day for a year to stumble onto a masterpiece.
- What are your thoughts on imposter syndrome?
We all get influenced by something or someone. Just be tasteful with it and don’t steal.
Do you have any goals for your music endeavors for this year?
Honestly, I just want to put out a hit song. A song that everyone wants to sing.
How do you want to be remembered as a musician/artist?
I want to be remembered as the man with taste.