AV: Did you make an immediate connection that this new age music was something that you wanted to create and perform yourself or did it take a bit to sink in?
CB: To me, music is not only therapeutic, but spiritual as well. So when I’m writing, I feel a connection right away. If I can help ease someone’s day then I feel I’m doing my job correctly.
AV: Tell me about how you took the leap from being a listener and enjoyer of music to being a composer and creator of music.
CB: I really feel that God placed me in the right place at the right time. When I was eighteen years old, I had the opportunity to meet two music producers named Adam Leach and James Macon. It was through my connection with them that I began to write and produce for R&B artist like Men At large and other successful acts.
AV: Breathe, which came out earlier this year (2017) was your second release for Real Music. How was Breathe different for you as a composer than your first album?
CB: With Breathe, I really strived to reach the person that may have issues dealing with grief, anxiety, and depression. I named the album Breathe because I feel that we all need to take a step back at times, breathe, and understand that our situation may not be as bad as it seems. With Echoes of Bliss, I concentrated more on relaxation and meditation. I wanted to take the listener on a relaxing journey.
AV: Did you feel more confident in what was going to happen during the creation of Breathe as opposed to Echoes of Bliss since you had been through the process once before?
CB: I definitely felt more confidence going through the creation process with Breathe as opposed to Echoes of Bliss. With Breathe, I wrote the album as a way to take the listener from a state of confusion, grief, and anxiety to a place of peace and acceptance.
AV: How much importance do you place on listener feedback and what kind of feedback have you gotten on Breathe since its release?
CB: I’ve gotten such great feedback and support for Breathe from critics and fans alike. I always enjoy hearing how people feel about my music.
AV: In your bio I noticed that you are also a producer, audio engineer and you hold a degree in Sound and Music Technology. How important was your work with others to better understanding how to capture your own music when it came time to record?
CB: I definitely think that the years I’ve spent producing, mixing, and mastering albums for other artist has prepared me for my own career as an artist. I’ve learned to see music from both the creative side as well as the technical side.
AV: Any final thoughts you’d like to share about your music as we close out this interview?
CB: I just want to say thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to speak with you Michael. I’m really looking forward to sharing more music with everyone in the coming year.
AV: I appreciate your taking the time out to talk to me and I do wish you success on your future releases.