Here at the Staccato Beat we had the awesome opportunity to interview VA blues-rock artist Brandon Jarod, prior to the release of his now debuted album Age of Zero! We are bringing to you the rhythm and soul, thoughts and feelings of Brandon Jarod, right here on Li’el in a Staccato Beat Magazine! Take a look:
Li’el: How long have you been working at your craft, and what words would you use to define your style of music?
Brandon Jarod: About 8 years now! Freestyle. I’ll say it’s heavily blues based- a modern blues, bluesy-rock.
Li’el: How would you define your message?
Jarod: The main thing I’m trying to express is the message of my demographic, 20s-30s. XYZ may be true but you can do what you want to do. Unity and self-expression. Honesty with oneself, for oneself, and between each other.
Li’el: How do you want to leave an impact on the music community you cater to?
Jarod: I would like to open people’s minds to possibilities. People come to the show and leave there with something they have not experienced before.
Li’el: If you could do a collaboration with anyone who would it be, a male and female?
Jarod: It would have to be James Black. And Amy Winehouse – I just love her music. People say she stole that 50 girl group sound. But if anyone ever heard her live she is that. Blues is music. It belongs to nobody.
James Black is the same way. He’s like a white electronic DiAngelo. Taking that old style of music is what I do with blues.
Li’el: What has been the hardest part of your journey? What’s the most rewarding part?
Jarod: The hardest part of it has been the balance of your real life and your dream life. Kinda like Clark Kent and Superman. You think about everybody around you and supporting you. You are trying to be something great. To be great at one thing you have to suck at the other. The most rewarding part is to see how you can affect a perfect stranger. When you walk off the stage and they rush up to you and they say they understand.
Li’el: What words of advice do you have for those seeking to follow the same path?
Jarod: I would say work every day. Every minute of every day. Be selective in who you reach out to for help. Do your thing and the right people will reach out. Look at the glass half full. appreciate what you do have!
Li’el: How do you define love? How do you define art?
Jarod: I would define love as a feeling, as a color. I feel like words do not do love justice. Music is synonymous with love. A color is a vibe/a feeling. You have to know when you are in the presence of love. If you have a passion for something, you know it is love.
Jarod: I am all that I need and all that I wanted to be.
Meaning you are the architect of your own destiny. You are who you are meant to be at the time but that’s ok. You can be who you want to be.
We at Li’el in a Staccato Beat Magazine want to thank Brandon Jarod for how he touches and serves people through his art, his craft, his music! Go on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/brandonjarod/id409270682 to check out his new album Age of Zero or look it up on Amazon. Either way, support positive art and music welling from our community!
The much-anticipated second installment of our interview with the brother of Grammy-award winning recording artist Marvin Gaye, Minister Antwaun Gay, is here! Check it out!!!
Li’el: Quick question- if I were to go to one of the gentleman that you work with now or you have worked with in the past, what would they say is something you say all the time?
Minister Antwaun Gay: Oh my goodness…It might sound crazy but the one thing they would most likely say that I say is “Brush your teeth!” Working in such an intense and violent atmosphere there are some guys who will come and cuss me out; this one guy came up in my face and threatened to hit me and started to cuss me out saying, “I’ll hit you and I’ll do this to you man.” And so trying to be strong but at the same time not to fight fire with fire I just said something just to throw him off. And so I said “Man, I’d rather you hit me than you breathe on me!” And then people would laugh and it would be hard for this person not to start laughing because I’m cussing this dude out and it would be funny and sort of a shock but he was showing he was not afraid either. So my little thing that I say when they are cussing me out is, “Man, brush yo teeth!” Even though it’s silly it breaks down that machoism and makes that smile come out. But they also know and I also tell them you know “Get your mind right!” But that would probably be the first thing.
Li’el: Thank you for sharing that with me!
Minister Gay: It’s my way of building repoire with them, it just shows the guy he’s not attacking me with the same weapons I’m using he’s coming at me with a sense of humbleness.
Li’el: What would you say is your motto about your ministry?
Minister Gay: Basically to know who you are in Christ. That’s my thing to try to bring people to awareness of that, that people were put here on this Earth for a purpose. And to try to get them to understand that you haven’t found out who you are until you meet Christ. You haven’t found out all you can do and be except through Christ. Motto: To seek and to save that which is lost.
Li’el: So transitioning to more about you how would you define the word love?
Minister Gay: I believe its 1 Corinthians chapter 13. God has given us a definition of love: Love is kind, gentle and patient, it rejoices not in iniquity but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things. So basically God’s definition of love is my definition of love. To the guys in prison or people I might meet in the street how I break it down is you know they say my homies and my boys show me love or whatever. I say love does not make you do crazy simple things. That’s not love. Love is not for you to say in order to be in this type of family you have to beat somebody up, get jumped in or rob someone. And if you want to leave-you can never leave. You only leave by death. I give them God’s definition of love then break it down into laymen’s terms.
Li’el: And on the same note, how do you define friendship to someone you would be working with?
Minister Gay: Friendship is not something that would be taken lightly. Friendship is someone who would really truly look out for your. Who would really tell you the truth and support you but not support you when you’re wrong. Then you break it down to the different levels of friendships. Your friend at work or associate or whatever. And when they call someone their homie, their girl or their boy, their actions don’t lead them to the truth, to growth.
Li’el: How have these definitions helped you going over the years, of love and of friendship?
Minister Gay: They’ve helped me to know when I can really trust somebody, when I can allow myself to be around someone more. When I can see the heart of Christ and I see the same characteristics of God, of love, joy, peace, patience…A friend I see their actions are genuine.
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- A Ministry Moment with: Minister Antwaun Gay! Part One (lielsbeat.com)
- Coming Soon!! A Surprise Guest! (lielsbeat.com)
The other day I got a chance to interview with a very special person: Minister Antwaun Gay, the youngest brother of Grammy award-winning and exceptional artist Marvin Gaye!! Let’s dive in to Part One!
Li’el: What would you like your readers to know about you? Also, what would you like your readers to know about what you do? Occupational-wise and ministry-wise…
Minister Antwaun Gay: First that I am a Christian and that I love the Lord. Occupation-wise I work for the Department of Juvenile Justice for the Department of Education and I work at a prison with the residents or inmates that are from the ages of 18-21 from different backgrounds, majority men of color. It’s a job that I have been doing on and off working in corrections and law enforcement for some years working with at risk youth and adults. I have a passion and its part of my calling to be there known to teach but also to plant seeds with the hope that those will be saved and that lives will be changed. Throughout the week, I’m there ready to give a word, ready. Whether I’m in the gym or on the streets I’m always ready and prepared to minister the word.
Li’el: I was reading some of your bio and to me your work and dedication to the youth in your community is inspiring – what are some of the challenges that you face in the particular way that you minister and the work that you do?
Minister Gay: The challenges of working in the prison system is there are a lot of guys who are unbelievers. And there are a lot of guys who grew up in the church and they have dealt with a lot of hypocrisy. Also the philosophy of the world from rap, or rock or R&B or country that clashes with the views of God. A lot of guys have hardened hearts and have grown up hard and they are quick to reject it. They wonder where is God at in my situation.
Li’el: What are some of the biggest rewards?
Minister Gay: Some of the biggest rewards is to be able to minister the Word first by my lifestyle, by how I walk in front of them in Christ. before I start preaching to them with my words. Then when I am obedient to Christ and walking in the Spirit it can be seen. Then sometimes they’ll generate the conversation and then it opes up the door for dialogue. It also gives me a chance and to break myths of who Christians are. Like Christians are weak, Christians don’t have fun, Christians have to be perfect. And it gives me the opportunity that I have to pray and ask for forgiveness daily. It gives me an opportunity to break down myths and just to see someone say I didn’t know that and then eventually give their life to Christ when they didn’t believe. That’s just the bomb!
Keep checking back for more of this fantastic interview!!