Bryan J Talks "Let Me Take You Out," Favorite Movies and More
Mon, 29 Nov 2010 07:35:58
Bryan J wants to take you out.
On his first single, "Let Me Take You Out," Bryan opens up the landscapes of pop and R&B. His voice careens from catchy to crooning, and he rocks out during a refrain that'll guarantee a lot of girls will want take him up on his offer. The song's ready for the club or your car stereo, and Bryan is poised for very big things. His follow-up jam, "On My Team," builds on that sound perfectly, adding a slick groove and super hot hook. The Atlanta superstar-on-the-rise is one of the best new artists to hit the scene in ages, and he's going to turn a whole lot of heads.
Bryan J talks to ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino about how he created the hotter than hell singles "Let Me Take You Out" and "On My Team," what Stevie Wonder song really moved him, his favorite films and so much more in this exclusive interview.
What influences the "classier" side of your sound?
I feel like part of the reason my music is different is because of the things I grew up listening to. I grew up in a house where the really wasn't any rap so I had a lot of great music in my ear like Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder and Sam Cooke. Those were my earliest influences. I believe that's definitely influenced the music I make now. Then there was Michael Jackson, of course! There some good musical influences going on in my brain as a young kid.
What was your first musical memory?
The first song I actually learned was Stevie Wonder's "Ribbon in the Sky." That was the first time I ever heard a song that made me feel a certain way. I don't even know why. As a kid, hearing that song out of all the music that was played back then, that was the one song that really made me lean on to music, know more and get into it. It's crazy. That was my first memory of music. I heard Stevie Wonder, and I stopped everything I was doing. I knew something was going on, but I didn't know exactly what it was. I just knew I wanted more. That's how I got into music.
What's the story behind "Let Me Take You Out?"
To me, that's the ultimate goal for every person in life. If you're talking to somebody, you've got to take them out. As an artist and a writer, it's my job to make sure that my music is relatable and something we've all gone through. Who wouldn't take some beautiful young lady out? That's how the story came about. We were talking about dating in the studio, and that whole conversation sparked the song. An hour later, we had "Let Me Take You Out." We all agreed Travis Porter would be perfect for it. The chemistry and relationship was already there. The record's fun and young, and it worked.
The song doesn't sound like anything else on the radio either.
Definitely! With whatever we're doing, we try to stay as far away from the radio as possible because we don't want to get lost in sounding like everything else. We approach the music we're creating by thinking outside of the box. When you have something that feels and sounds different, you get a lot of great feedback. It's a blessing.
What's up with "On My Team?"
The record basically says, "I'm done with the hangout phase. I need to get you on to my team." It's like I need to have you personally. Let's work on something. Let's feel something. It's still a fun record, but we wanted to have more content behind it. We didn't want to get too serious but we wanted to step it up a little bit.
Is storytelling one of your goals?
I feel like if you can sing or write something that people can see a visual for when they hear it, that's always going to be a relatable record. If you're writing and people don't get the concept or can't see a visual, it's hard to sit down and listen to it. The-Dream is the best at that. You can see a visual for every song he writes when it comes out of the speakers. I've tried to learn that from the way he writes. It's always a vivid picture. As an artist, my job is to let people know what I'm going through. My songs are the blueprint of my life. They're the things I go through, the things I've lost and the things I've gained and cherish. People appreciate it when there's a visual. That's real music.
What are some of your favorite movies?
I'm a movie fanatic! I love movies. As of right now, my favorite movie is Paranormal Activity. I don't know why, but it's one of my favorites. That be weird if it could actually happen. I'd be scared [Laughs]. I'm not going to lie, I was nervous the whole time. I love Seven Pounds with Will Smith, Starsky & Hutch, Biker Boyz, Something New and Friday. Sometimes, a song can come from a movie. Some movies have the visual, and all you have to do is input that concept and the things you've gone through.
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