Meet Pittsburgh based Hip Hop artist – Brandon Bally

Brandon Bally is an upcoming Hip Hop/ R&B Artist from Pittsburgh, PA.

His music is both introspective and expressive with a blend of thoughtful lyrics, versatile beats, and catchy hooks that will keep audiences coming back for years to come.

Listeners will be captivated by how relatable and authentic the content of his tracks are. If you are a fan of music and need a new artist to satisfy your quality musical cravings, look no further than this artist here.

What got you into music, and who inspired you to make music the most?

Brandon: Music has always been an essential part of my life. My grandmother and mother were constantly playing music in the house and so a lot of the soul, r&b, and hip hop music they listened to impacted me as a youth. Throughout middle school and high school, I was always the kid with the mp3 player on the move. Wherever I went for the most part I had music with me. My love for music inspired me to take a chance to create art. More recent hip hop and rap artists, J.Cole and Kendrick Lamar, ultimately influenced me to step into the rap game with the power of their content and song mastery.


You are from Pittsburgh, PA. Does your music fit into your local scene? If so, how do you take advantage of that? If not, do you see that as an obstacle, and what do you do about it?

Brandon: My music is going to stand out in Pittsburgh’s local music scene. It differs so much from what we’ve grown accustomed to that it’s going to be refreshing and set a new tone. I’m creating a new lane and once I’ve mastered that then I feel like the sound will just take off. Currently, I see the fact that I’m a different artist as a boost, but in the event that it becomes an obstacle I’ll adjust accordingly to handle it.


Tell me more about your track “Lay Low”. What’s the story behind it?

Brandon: Lay Low is not only my story, it’s also that of many other young men and women who are experiencing trials and tribulations in our country at the moment. It’s the anger and frustration that’s bottling up due to the economic disparity, police brutality, violence, and racism amongst other things. The pandemic and the problems that arose during this time period only added to the anxiety and feelings that had already been there. Lay Low is about going through hard times and still saying “fuck it, I got it”. It’s the story of acknowledging your opposition, but still feeling like there’s nothing that can stop you.

What has been the most challenging aspect of your current Releases?

Brandon: The most challenging part has just been trusting the process. Ensuring that the song is as best as it can be before it’s released. As an artist, I just want to create the best work possible. So everything needs to be polished and concise.

Can we expect a music video soon?

Brandon: Soon. The music is Phase 1. The visuals that I intend to incorporate in my music videos is what’s going to take it to another level.

You seem to have everything it takes, thoughtful lyrics, versatile beats, and catchy hooks. How do you go about writing a song?

Brandon: My writing process is usually spontaneous. I’m observant and so when I see or experience something that gives me inspiration, I acknowledge it and put it in my lyrics.

The thoughtful lyrics come from me documenting my life and how I’ve reflected upon it or just my overall thoughts and feelings.

My versatile beat selection comes from listening to so many genres of music. Certain beats and instrumentals hit different for me. When I feel the connection with how it sounds and how it’s making me feel, that’s how I know when to write and record it.

As a fan of music, I’m always paying attention to what stands out the most which is typically the hook. Having that understanding made me realize I needed to make that a priority in my music in order to create an impact on the culture and a fan base.


Do you have a melody in your head and then write the other music for it?

Brandon: Absolutely. It’s crazy you even asked. I thought I was the only person who wrote like that and I never knew where or why melodies would stick with me. Some days I’ll have a melody in my head all day and that’s when I know it’s time to start writing.


Are you creative in other disciplines?

Brandon: I’m super creative in other disciplines. Before officially making music I was a poet. As a kid, my start as a writer came from making short stories and attempting to write books. While I was in college, I got into photography/ videography and spent time doing that. More recently after graduating I began to get involved in acting and film production as well.


What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Brandon: The shit that I’ve gotten into has been light in comparison to what it could have been. Growing up I always had a knack for knowing when it was time to leave or go in the opposite direction before I really fucked up too badly. Even furthermore when it came to avoiding some shit that could have been detrimental. It’s been enough to teach me how to learn and grow into who I am today.


What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Brandon: To be myself. Just stay in my lane and do me. Continue to work hard for what I want and it will be so.


If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

Brandon: At the moment there’s nothing that I would change because it still feels like I’m on the outside looking in. If there is anything that I feel like needs to be changed then I’ll try to implement those changes myself if possible.


What’s next for you?

Brandon: Growth and substantial success. Improvements to my craft and better end results. A better team around me with like-minded goals and priorities. A solid foundation for what I expect to be a legendary career and the legacy that I want to leave.

Please make sure to check Brandon’s Spotify

What do you think?

Written by Emily

Emily is currently finishing her studies in journalism and popular media abroad in the School of Media studies in Tel Aviv. In free time she writes for several popular magazines and loves hip hop culture very much.


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