Interview – Brandon Child

Toronto, ON-raised alt-rock/ pop musician, Brandon Child is back with a surprise, brand-new single all about getting over an ex-lover. It’s called “Time” and it shows that even though he’s new to the scene, Brandon is a force to be reckoned with.

Right away, Brandon reels in the listener with a buttery 45-second guitar solo — which is sonically reminiscent to something of Pink Floyd guitarist, David Gilmour. The magical, blues-inspired guitar melodies make their way back into the song sporadically and keep you enticed, while the up-and-comer’s poetic lyrics are delivered smoothly through a catchy, pop-inspired vocal track.

Brandon started writing “Time” last year after a recent breakup, which is evident after hearing phrases like “those memories I kept of you // Have long since been replaced” and “don’t regret our time together // think I’m better for it now.”

In regards to the latter lyric, the Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist says:

“Tough experiences force you to grow stronger and this is a nod to the fact that even toxic relationships can result in an eventual benefit.”

On the opening line — “as the clock ticks down, and sun fades away” — Brandon shares that it’s what started the songwriting process for “Time,” and that it came to him while he was looking at a clocktower outside of his window while the sun faded behind it.

“I was playing piano while reflecting on (the) breakup and the rest of the lyrics just fell into place over the next couple of minutes,” he adds.

Brandon recorded all vocals and instruments for “Time” — except drums — from the comfort of his Toronto apartment. The single was produced by L.A. producer Steve Wilmot and mastered by Noah Mintz, of Lacquer Channel Mastering, in Toronto.

Check out “Time” below, and find out more about Brandon via our mini-interview.

First off, care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I borrowed my last name from Julia Child, the cooking pioneer (and a gem of a human being). Her love of sharing her passion has inspired me to share mine, and the Child moniker is a reminder to me to be more like her.

Tell us about the recording process behind “Time”?

Barring drums, the entirety of “Time” (along with my other 2 singles) was recorded in my one-bedroom apartment in Toronto (shoutout to my neighbours for not complaining about my singing).

What was the highlight of 2020?

The release of my first single, “Balaclava” in October.

What do you hope to accomplish in your career in 2021?

Lots of big things planned for 2021 – I hope to release a few more singles as well as my debut EP.  More than anything though, I’m just hoping for the return of live music.

Is there anyone out there you’d like to collaborate with in the future?

The list of people I want to collaborate with is staggeringly long, but I love fellow Canadian, Bahamas and would freak at the chance to work with him (Afie).

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