FYIG recently had the chance to chat with hip-hop artist Brae about his latest single Cop My Style, his upcoming EP Summer, and much more! Check out the full interview right here!
You grew up in a musical family, were you always set on being in the music industry or did you think of it as more of a hobby back then?
As a kid, I was very interested in the instruments that my father would play, and I grew more interested as time passed. When my parents took me to rock concerts, I admired the electricity of the performances, and the wild energy the music brought on the crowd. I can’t say this had me set on being in the music industry, but I can say that those experiences strongly influenced my career decisions and the artist I’m developing into today.
You learned various instruments when you were young, but none of them ever really stuck. Did that discourage you or was it something that drove you to freestyle?
No, none of it was ever discouraging per say. Whenever my friends and I would have campfire jam sessions, I always found myself singing to the songs, as if I was some sort of backup singer. Ever since I could remember, I’ve always wondered how I can use my voice as an instrument and make it heard, and then I found hip-hop music! I started freestyling all the time, working on flows, my voice, and my rhythm. It was when I started focusing on my craft that I learned it was something I could continue to excel at.
You started freestyling with your friends in high school and going to different shows. At what point did you decide that this was something that you were going to try to make a career out of?
I knew I could make a career out of my music when I was granted the opportunity to work with AMAG – my whole world changed for the better. Ever since that point, I have never felt more confident in myself and my ability to grow as a person and an artist. They expect a certain level of commitment and dedication from their artists, and when I was ready to fully commit to such expectations, was when I knew I was ready to pursue my musical career.
How has it been working with Mic Tee? What have you learned from him?
Mic Tee is one of the best, and I’m beyond grateful to have someone like him around. Mic has taught me a great deal when it comes to music and life lessons that I will forever carry with me. He is extremely talented and business savvy, and so there is always something to learn from him. He is definitely like an older brother to me.
You released your debut single Cop My Style earlier this year. What did it mean to you to see all the praise that it has been getting online and having it receive over 55,000 streams? Did you ever expect it to do so well?
I definitely did not expect those numbers, but I am extremely thankful for all the support and praise. I really just wanted to see what kind of reaction people would have to my sound, but nonetheless, it was an amazing way to start my debut!
Following your debut single, you also released your first EP called Summer. What can audiences expect from this EP?
With my EP Summer, you can expect a story from start to finish – each song tells its own story and has its own special vibe. All of the tracks have a summer feel to them, but they all seem to make people picture the scene I am painting differently, and that’s exactly what I want my music to do – to make people perceive or interpret my songs however they please.
What can people expect when they see your live shows?
All in all, great energy! Get ready to let loose!
What’s next for Brae? What are your long-term goals?
I have a lot of things in the works! I am currently working on my new music video for my latest single dropping in October called, “Ballerina”. Everything that is set to be released in the upcoming months is true telling of the growth I have made and work I continue to put in.
Tell us a little bit about yourself outside of the music industry.
I really just like to hang with my friends, play video games, sports, write songs and basically just kick back. All in all, music is apart of my everyday life and I work at it every day.
What advice do you have for aspiring music artists?
Be yourself! Carbon copies never last long.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
You can find me at www.braeofficial.com and at @braeofficial on all social media and streaming platforms!