Here at the Staccato Beat we had the awesome opportunity to interview VA blues-rock artist Brandon Jarod, prior to the release of his now debuted album Age of Zero! We are bringing to you the rhythm and soul, thoughts and feelings of Brandon Jarod, right here on Li’el in a Staccato Beat Magazine! Take a look:
Li’el: How long have you been working at your craft, and what words would you use to define your style of music?
Brandon Jarod: About 8 years now! Freestyle. I’ll say it’s heavily blues based- a modern blues, bluesy-rock.
Li’el: How would you define your message?
Jarod: The main thing I’m trying to express is the message of my demographic, 20s-30s. XYZ may be true but you can do what you want to do. Unity and self-expression. Honesty with oneself, for oneself, and between each other.
Li’el: How do you want to leave an impact on the music community you cater to?
Jarod: I would like to open people’s minds to possibilities. People come to the show and leave there with something they have not experienced before.
Li’el: If you could do a collaboration with anyone who would it be, a male and female?
Jarod: It would have to be James Black. And Amy Winehouse – I just love her music. People say she stole that 50 girl group sound. But if anyone ever heard her live she is that. Blues is music. It belongs to nobody.
James Black is the same way. He’s like a white electronic DiAngelo. Taking that old style of music is what I do with blues.
Li’el: What has been the hardest part of your journey? What’s the most rewarding part?
Jarod: The hardest part of it has been the balance of your real life and your dream life. Kinda like Clark Kent and Superman. You think about everybody around you and supporting you. You are trying to be something great. To be great at one thing you have to suck at the other. The most rewarding part is to see how you can affect a perfect stranger. When you walk off the stage and they rush up to you and they say they understand.
Li’el: What words of advice do you have for those seeking to follow the same path?
Jarod: I would say work every day. Every minute of every day. Be selective in who you reach out to for help. Do your thing and the right people will reach out. Look at the glass half full. appreciate what you do have!
Li’el: How do you define love? How do you define art?
Jarod: I would define love as a feeling, as a color. I feel like words do not do love justice. Music is synonymous with love. A color is a vibe/a feeling. You have to know when you are in the presence of love. If you have a passion for something, you know it is love.
Jarod: I am all that I need and all that I wanted to be.
Meaning you are the architect of your own destiny. You are who you are meant to be at the time but that’s ok. You can be who you want to be.
We at Li’el in a Staccato Beat Magazine want to thank Brandon Jarod for how he touches and serves people through his art, his craft, his music! Go on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/brandonjarod/id409270682 to check out his new album Age of Zero or look it up on Amazon. Either way, support positive art and music welling from our community!