By Isaac Davis Jr.
Brad Hammonds is an amazing guitarist who has recently decided to expand his talents to singing. What you get is a Singer/Songwriter who creates beautiful music that will certainly make you an instant fan. Some of Brad's biggest appeals come from his soulful jazz rock tunes, beautiful lyrics, and sensational vocals. In this recent spotlight with our Webzine, Brad gives us the 411 on the man behind the music. Enjoy!
Isaac: What was the best part of 2008 for you musically?
Brad: After finishing a tour of colleges and universities with my duo 'Brazz Tree', I decided to start writing songs for a solo record and wound up writing about 30 songs in the span of two weeks...the best part was putting the band together and getting in the studio and seeing the album come to fruition...it was a pretty organic experience... I had a great bassist Jason DiMatteo and drummer John Bollinger record with me who are both pros here in the city...also, I originally hired a singer and wound up singing it myself which was a lot of fun. I never imagined I would ever sing.
Isaac: What do you feel was your biggest accomplishment for 2008?
Brad: I've always identified myself as a guitarist and now have branched off as a singer/songwriter as well...I just finished the album and have a great company doing a college radio campaign for it this summer and pitching it to Fall television...it's all really exciting!
Isaac: Describe the music scene in area.
Brad: I live in NYC and there are amazing musicians and bands here...there is a venue called Barbes in Brooklyn and you can go in there any night of the week and see something amazing! On the flip side, NYC's music scene is really oversaturated and some bands are playing at 5pm which is crazy to me. There a few great venues and way too many bands...
Isaac: What has been the best venue to perform at and why?
Brad: I love playing Joe's Pub in the city...it's a small theater downtown and it has a great intimacy to it and always fills up...Brazz Tree also plays the the 'Vermont Arts Exchange' in Bennington, Vermont which is a venue where the whole town comes out to the show and has great energy...it's always an incredible experience.
Isaac: Elaborate a little about whom were your biggest influences in the music industry and why?
Brad: I admire Ani DiFranco...she did it all herself when labels were still relevant. I also have been really inspired by her guitar style; percussive and intricate.
Isaac: Let's talk about what you feel you will bring to the music industry?
Brad: I think a unique guitar style with accessible and familiar songwriting. I think the album flows well but each song has a lot of different influences from roots, rock, jazz and world music.
Isaac: If you had an opportunity to work with one artist or group, who would it be and why?
Brad: Peter Gabriel is my biggest inspiration as a musician...he always pushes the envelope and is a genius songwriter...I would love to record in his real world studios in England.
Isaac: How would you describe your music to others?
Brad: Acoustic rock with jazz and world elements.
Isaac: What type of feedback have you received from fans about your music?
Brad: I have received a lot of positive feedback so far...
Isaac: Where can fans locate you at online?
Brad: www.myspace.com/bradrhammonds, www.bradhammonds.com, www.myspace.com/brazztree,www.brazztree.com
Isaac: What can fans expect from you in the next five years?
Brad: I really just want to continue what I'm doing which is touring, and recording both with brazz tree and as a solo artist...I would also really like to get into publishing. I study jazz guitar and eventually would like to more of that.
Isaac: Final words…
Brad: Thanks so much for the interview Isaac...I'm doing a press campaign in the beginning of June and will begin doing some solo performances this summer.