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Meet Brandon Miranda of ALX B in Mid City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandon Miranda.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Music has been important to family all throughout my life. My mother played the piano and sang and my dad always loved to have records on in the house; As a Hispanic household, most of what we listened to was Latin classics like Luis Miguel and Gloria Estefan. When my parents had separated, my mom had to move to smaller apartment and stored her piano but was gifted a guitar by a family friend. I ended up “stealing” it from her and the instrument quickly became the gateway into my musical journey.

While studying classical guitar in college, I started performing with an Indie band called Nighair (now known as Younger Hunger) and had my first experience working in a professional studio with a producer. I became entranced by his process, fascinated by how he combined his technical and musical expertise to help manifest our ideas into reality. I wanted to learn all I could about this side of the music creation process and took every opportunity I could to seek out work and mentorships, eventually landing an internship with my now mentor Lovy Longomba, a songwriter/producer with massive credits including songs written for Gwen Stefani and Iggy Azalea. Under his guidance, I learned (and unlearned) all I know now about songwriting, music production and audio engineering.

Like any creative journey, it has been a winding path. I still feel like this is just the start, but I am so grateful to have now worked alongside artists and talent I look up to and to have numerous bucket list dreams fulfilled.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been quite the ride. There are always both internal and external struggles, the hardest part is living in the uncertainty of how opportunities will play out. Your career as a music producer is very dependent on the artist seeing their project to completion. I always frame it like this; it is a lottery to get in the studio with the right artist, a gamble you will create something you both like and then a toss-up to whether they (and their label/management) will actually release and properly market the music. There are lots of false starts and “almost” wins that never play out.

Despite this, it just takes one great release to make it and I always frame to myself; the more shots I take, the closer I get to that “hit”. It’s a beautiful process really though, I would not trade my experiences for any other. I am right where I am supposed to be.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I create music for a living. Like most modern musicians, I wear many hats, but my focuses are in production, audio engineering and teaching. I have produced and written music for artists signed to major labels and actually just signed my first non-exclusive publishing deal with Universal Music Group. This is an exciting contract in which my representation will actively seek artist placement opportunities for my music, particularly focused in South East Asia. It also entails plugging songs in television shows, film and all kinds of visual media.

Teaching is also a very central part of my business and I currently host a weekly music production tutorial series called “The Lessons of Dharma”. This series is part of KSHMR’s new online platform Dharma, Worldwide, a resource where fans of KSHMR can subscribe and have access to the label’s releases, music production tools and tutorials. This is a huge part of my business as it allows me to connect with students and artists on a wide basis around the world.

I am very proud of the multiple lanes and disciplines that my business takes. I am comfortable working with any genre of music from Hip Hop to EDM, and everything in between and have further diversified my tools with my abilities to play an instrument as well as educate. Learning all of these skills has definitely taken some extra time, but it’s empowered me immensely and I now have hit the point where I can walk into any room and know that I can help to make something great.

What were you like growing up?
Shy, quiet and introspective. From building legos to reading about astronomy, I was always fascinated with the abstract and creative, and would often spend hours alone engaged in some kind of creative play. I’ve still carried that spiritual interest with me and I think it has always been a driving factor throughout my life. I am always searching for the deeper meaning behind things, concerned with how I can help others realize their inner power. Nowadays I am still very introspective, but I have quite a bit more to say…

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Carly Bernstein – Picture 1; Magie Nguyen – Picture 2

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