Today we’d like to introduce you to Oscar (ObieIII) Brown III.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Oscar (ObieIII). So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born and raised in Chicago, IL by wonderful parents who also happen to be incredible musicians as well. My mother is a singer and my father is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and engineer. Being in that household, there was an overabundance of musical inspiration and admiration and it is only natural that I gravitated towards the music industry as well.
My parents were extremely supportive, always finding the best programs and best schools for me to consider and attend. I got my first real guitar when I was like 9 or 10 on Christmas, and since then it has been a journey! Being surrounded by so many greats in Chicago jump-started my musical education from the time I was 13. From the Ravinia Jazz Scholars, the Berklee City Music Program, and especially my high school music programs, I had world-class gigging musicians teaching me how to hone my craft!
I went on to study at the Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2018 with a Degree in Contemporary Writing and Production. In college, I took production, arranging, and songwriting much more seriously as well as really taking up the bass guitar. While at Berklee, I realized that my love for writing and production went even beyond just making the music, I was truly able to convey what is in my mind to the listener, and that message could truly touch individuals that I would otherwise never have any connection with. Working with different artists gave me the opportunity to tell different and unique stories. This is how I came to found the NoLove Collective!
Has it been a smooth road?
HA! Just about no part of this journey has been easy, but the hard times make the high points so much sweeter!
After graduating college, I moved to home to Chicago for a year to get myself in order and really prepare for the next steps, I was able to get work gigging and teaching not too long after moving home thanks in large part to my father and several connections I’d made before heading to Boston for school. My plan was to save up a certain amount of money, get a car, get better at being an instrumentalist (had been focusing on production before) and then head out. I got MUCH better as a musician in Chicago, was holding down six residencies, had a solid teaching gig and was spreading my name around; but let me tell ya, car troubles and other issues had me constantly hemorrhaging money, and my savings always suffered so I could continue to work to make the goals happen.
Nevertheless, I made it to LA in November and ended up on the Whitney Houston Hologram Tour that traveled through Europe starting in February. Things were looking great until our pal Covid-19 made some huge headlines and dates quickly dropped as borders closed! Our incredible tour manager really worked some magic getting tour personnel back to the States before the borders closed up hahaha!
But such is life! If you have goals and dreams, you have to really fight for them. It takes a lot to manifest thoughts into reality!
Please tell us about NoLove Collective.
NoLove Collective is currently a music production team that will work with artists from beginning to end (or anywhere in-between) to get their content out! We have several affiliated producers, songwriters, musicians, and engineers who all work together to create genuine and new content. We aim to include lawyers, videographers, photographers, Dancers/Choreographers, and a social media team on board soon so that each artist can have a home base and a safe place to be fully creative, fully protected, and still maintain the freedom to be independent! We are transitioning into new territory in the music industry, and the system that the industry has traditionally used may not be sustainable for newer artists. We aim for every creative to have a place in the NoLove family!
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles has already been incredible for me on the playing side and has opened many doors on the studio side. What sets LA apart is the sheer amount of opportunity here. Chicago is a magnificent city with unbelievable artists and talented musicians and revolutionary producers, but I often see that the city falls short of providing proper opportunity for these individuals to see national and international spotlight the way LA does. Not to say there isn’t a way, but LA has opportunity. So come on out, but you gotta do some work, meet some people, make some friends, and be ready to work hard when the opportunity comes your way!
- Guitar or Bass tracking – $150/song
- Guitar and Bass Tracking – $200/song
- Email: MusicbyObieIII@gmail.com
- Instagram: @ObieIII
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SqweedooKing/
- Other: NoLoveCollective@gmail.com
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