Checking In With Brandon Of Mutiny
At 17, Brandon is the youngest member in Mutiny. Before he even turns 18, he can say he's played everywhere from Starland Ballroom to Giants Stadium. Not too bad for someone whose only been playing guitar for three years. The guy can write a mean death metal tune [for evidence, just check out Mutiny's myspace page], put ridiculous solos to heavy rhythms, and balance out a song with heavy melodies of his own. Brandon is prepared to make Mutiny his life's work--it's his only project, and he dedicates pretty much all the time not spent sleeping to band related things. Expect to see Brandon and his sonic madness traversing the country with Mutiny someday....someday soon.
Steve: How's the Mutiny life, brother?
Brandon: Good man, just been rockin' and practicing a lot.
Steve: How long have you been sweeping and shredding?
Brandon: I started playing guitar about 3 years ago, but back then I was just playing Children of Bodom riffs and simple punk rhythms. Then, up until about 1-2 years ago, I started to learn some simple sweep patterns and scales, and I just took it from there.
Steve: What gear do you rely on?
Brandon: I use a Jackson SL1 soloist, and a Line 6 Spider 3 cabinet and head. It took me a while to find a decent tone, but I found it and it's perfect.
Steve: Have you ever tried out something other than guitar? Any bass, keyboards, drums, or things like that?
Brandon: Actually, I can play bass and keyboards, just not the drums. When I was first learning how to play guitar, my brother got his first bass, so I fooled around with it and now I can play it pretty smoothly. Sometimes I pick up the bass and write some riffs. There's some cool things I write on bass that I would have never written on guitar.
Steve: Mutiny has a tune called Death Metal Song. What's the VH1 Behind the Music on that?
Brandon: Haha. Well, first of all, none of us consider that a Mutiny song. Once in a while, my brother AJ and I sit around and come up with crazy random death metal songs. I come up with these riffs on guitar, and AJ plays keyboard drums and writes the drum parts. None of these songs are intended to be Mutiny, although one day I will put a band together as a death metal side project. Death Metal Song is one of many to come.
Steve: Are you a self-taught guitarist, or were there lessons at any point?
Brandon: At first I taught myself how to play, but then there was a point where I couldn't teach myself anymore. That's when I decided to take guitar lessons just long enough to learn a few scales and sweeps, and then I quit the lessons and took it from there.
Steve: Do you want to make a living off of rocking in Mutiny?
Steve: When did you enter the Mutiny picture?
Brandon: I entered the band when I was 16.
Steve: You're the youngest one in the band at 17. Have you had gigs with other bands, or has Mutiny popped your band cherry?
Brandon: I was in a band before Mutiny, but it wasn't metal. I was in a punk cover band, and we covered songs from the Offspring to Blink 182. Nothing was as serious as Mutiny.
Steve: Do you have any favorite songs to play live?
Brandon: My favorite songs to play are My Eyes in the Fire and Frozen. They are such powerful songs live, and we always get huge crowd responses from them.
Steve: You and AJ are brothers. Do you feel any musical connections like that of Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul, or Alex and Eddie Van Halen?
Brandon: Yeah, definitely. Whenever AJ and I write riffs, we always are on the same page. That way, we feel the direction we want the song to flow and such. My brother and I think pretty much the same way when it comes to music.
Steve: Are there any pre-show rituals you can share?
Brandon: Before every show, all of us usually stretch and jump around. It get the tension out of our muscles before we go on stage. Also, right before we play our set, we gather around Sam's drumset and tell each other to have a good show.
Steve: How about after a show? What goes on after you get off stage?
Brandon: We always enjoy talking to fans and asking people how they liked the show. Also, usually we have our video man Rudy filming us on stage, so we go back to my house and watch it. We learn so much every time we watch ourselves on stage.
Steve: Thank you for your time Brandon.
Brandon: Thanks man, you rock!!
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