Already dropping his second project for 2019, young Gold Coast-based emcee Brandeus returns with his new emotive and up-tempo single 'Scared' , set for release on March 8th. After releasing his debut EP ' Reviere' in January 2019 that featured his hit single ' War' which has now accumulated over 90,000 streams on Spotify alone , it's clear that Brandeus has a style that is captivating and positioning him at the forefront of the new wave of talent emerging from Australia of late.
Drawing inspiration from a vast range of muses including Pearl Jam , John Mayer , Eminem and B.I.G, Brandeus has moulded his own unique style that portrays a balanced blend between the old school and the new school. With lyrical punchlines and melodic cadences falling throughout his EP a similarity can be drawn between his style and artists like Ty Dolla $ign and Jaden Smith.
Scared also offers a melodic driving hook sampled from XXXTentacion and produced in Berlin by TheCratez that creates a melancholic undertone to the retrospective love song. Showing his experience of breaking up with a partner and the fear it can cause for falling in love again, Scared breaks down the possibilities of a relationship with Brandeus singing "I'm scared to love you, I'm scared to love you".
Question: How would you describe your music?
Brandeus: An atmospheric blend between trap hip-hop and R&B.
Question: What inspired Scared?
Brandeus: Due to the aftermath of my last relationship and how it made me feel, going through the same breakdown with someone else had inspired me to write Scared. I believe this a common feeling to have when investing valuable time into someone else while at the same time, this track celebrates ones independence.
Question: Which is your favourite song to perform live and why?
Brandeus: My favourite song I would like to perform live would have to be WAR. The track provokes a powerful message while being upbeat and easy to sing along and vibe to.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Brandeus: I haven't had the opportunity to perform live yet but I would assume performing live would be the greatest out of the two. You can give 100% in your performance with the potential to have your listeners memorize and sing your songs in sync. Would be incredible.
Question: What motivates you most when writing music?
Brandeus: Art and design has always been a huge passion of mine. Being able to do something you enjoy, to create something out of nothing, to influence and make your friends and family proud through art is motivation.
Question: Which music/artists are you currently listening to?
Brandeus: Lately I have been in a trap hip hop mood listening to a lot of NAV, Reo Cragun and also Australian artist Anfa Rose. Trap aside, a bit of Ocean Alley.
Question: What or who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Brandeus: Being brought up listening and watching live performances of Green Day and other bands had inspired me to play an instrument. John Mayer, Pearl Jam and Eminem inspired me to write. Travis Scott inspired me to perform with energy. The come up of notorious B.I.G is also inspiring coming from nothing to an icon. But to get my own music career into fruition would be Atlanta rapper Russ. If you can dream it you can manifest it to reality. That is the timeline of my inspiration.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Brandeus: Business wise you'd be crazy not to say Drake. He has done what not many rappers can do, plus he would put me on the international music radar if he were to feature.
Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced in the music industry?
Brandeus: Starting out it's difficult to get heard. I had a lucky break with War getting thousands of international streams but everything else isn't getting out there enough. I find it hard to get live gigs when I haven't established myself properly without networking and music contacts.
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
Brandeus: My favourite part about it is to be able to gain more self-confidence with who I am and what I do. Also, to be able to influence, inspire and create a feeling through the messages I like to embed within each song.
Question: Can you share your socials?
Brandeus: FB: https://www.facebook.com/brandeusmusic/
Interview by Brooke Hunter