Today we’d like to introduce you to Mike Brown.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Mike. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I was born and raised in Houston, TX. I started out in the 3rd grade recording myself on a recorder that my parents bought me for my birthday. I have always loved music. But, I was really intrigued with sound and the way it was created.
I joined my middle school band as a percussionist and learned an array of both rhythmic and melodic instruments. I really enjoyed the band, but I wanted to explore more of creating my own music. It wasn’t until I was in college, in New Orleans, that I learned how to use drum machines and electronic keyboards to create my own music. I studied sales and marketing while in school, but most of my internships were with local record labels and studios.
When it was time for me to graduate I decided to go to the Art Institute in Los Angeles to study audio production and really learn more about sound. Being in Los Angeles made me explore more of creating music as an art/form of expression as opposed to creating what sounds “good” or “bad.” I have always created what I felt, and music gave me the space to say things that I wasn’t always able to, or willing to, communicate in regular conversation.
Music opened the door to me exploring more of my artistic characteristics and learning different ways to express myself creatively. I started doing photography, painting, film and even starting my own podcast. I use my podcast to creatively express myself by being as open as I possibly can while still adding the elements of video and music within the episodes. It has become my art project.
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 not been a smooth road. One of my biggest struggles has always been me getting in my own way. Overthinking and self doubt. I used my music as a way to get out of my depression, and once I got out of it, I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to create in the same manner. I didn’t feel sad. So I had to learn how to create the good feelings I was having.
To dive deeper into the depression, I struggled with that as well. I am a hip hop producer/artist. I am also gay. I didn’t know how to be gay and still be myself within my music. I felt that I wouldn’t be appreciated as an artist and would get boxed into being a gay artist. But, more so I was afraid to be myself. My life had taught me that gay wasn’t okay to be.
So I had a lot of struggle within feeling a way that I thought wasn’t okay to be. It wasn’t until 2012 that I let my family and friends know that I was in fact gay. It has still been a learning experience for myself. I realized that I was my biggest enemy. Everyone else still till this day are very supportive of me.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I would say that I am an artist in every sense of the word. I specialize in making people feel. I use my openness and my creativity to express everything I feel in order for the person consuming it to get their own feeling from it. Whether it is a song, a picture or a painting. I want the consumer to experience it. In music I perform, write, compose, mix/record. I paint/draw on canvases.
In my print photography, I try to capture moments. What I am most proud of as far as my business is being able to connect with the audience. I have been at photo shows where people are able to have full conversations with me by simply looking at the photo and connecting to experience in their lives. The same thing with my music.
When someone says a song made them happy or sad and that is what I intended, it makes me feel like I am doing my job. With everything I do, I want to help people heal and feel and if I am doing that through my art I am doing the right thing. It has never been about fame. That is not something we have a choice over. But, the intention that we put into what we do is what sets us apart from everyone.
I want to add also I am most proud of being able to merge the genres of meditation and hip hop to connect to an underserved community.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My plans for the future are to be able to create as freely as possible without the stresses of finances. I am working on a children’s book to help kids express their feelings through art when they can’t put them into words. As well as a lot of music projects.
My best friend James “Dat Yoga Dude” Woods and I are going to be releasing a series of meditation projects where I will be composing the music, and I plan to keep discovering more within my own life to continue to helping people through my experiences and creativity.
- Website: primomiguel.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/justmikebrown
- Facebook: facebook.com/justmikebrown
- Twitter: twitter.com/just_mikebrown
- Other: soundcloud.com/justmikebeats
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