We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandon Black and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brandon, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Freedom! Outside of teaching, there aren’t too many ways for a musician to earn an income outside of being an entrepreneur. I’m a musician at my core, so building a brand and a business increased my chances of security.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m really proud of the production company my partner and I have built over the last few years. Credentials with Kanye West, Missy Elliott, and KCamp remind me that we’ve set our intentions in the right direction – but what I’m most proud of is the fact that we’ve built a self sustaining recording studio, income to support our lifestyle, and the chance to give other musicians opportunities to perform, engineer, produce, and write music. Getting here is not easy, but it is not rocket science; it just takes more dedication and consistency than most people are willing to apply.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love food, so I’d def recommend R Thomas, Mamas Cocina, Papadeaux, the Betty, the Select ATL, Canoe, Breakfast at Barney’s, the garden room, or Mr Everything,

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ve had several angels along my path but I’d like to give a special shoutout to my wife! She keeps me focused, is someone I can trust to tell me the truth, and pushes me to achieve and believe in myself.

Website: Kreativevillains.com

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