Brandon Schott

10th Annual Holiday Song (Any Holiday) Nominee

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Home Base: Glendale, CA

Genre: Indie-Pop-Folk

Categories Entered: Holiday Song, Singer-Songwriter Song

Work submitted: “Fire Season”; “Winter in the Sun”

Addition Artist Featured: Steve Barton

Label: Golden State Music


Influences: Neil Finn, David Mead, Josh Ritter, Brian Wilson, Jon Brion, Michael Penn, Aimee Mann, and Kirsty Maccoll

Describe your nominated work: Cole Porter meets Brian Wilson meets Rubber Soul meets The Wall of Christmas (Past) Sound

Why did you choose to submit this work to The 10th IMA’s? I thought it was a unique entry into the current Holiday single market

Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording? Yes, Harpsichord, Chamberlain, Sleigh Bells (of course), Bicycle Bell, Glockenspiel, Bowed Bass, Dulcitone, and background vocals submitted from across the country!

Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned? The tambourine drop going into the bridge was a fluke, and finding that the next line was “it’s been a hell of a year”, we thought it was funny and appropriate to keep the ‘gaffe’ intact to show a little dent in the works…

Did fans help you fund this project? Not directly, but for all the hard work that my colleagues helped put into the track I am eternally grateful.

Who’s sitting in your audience? All my fans are family – friends of friends, passers by curious as to what that instrument is I’m playing…

What makes your fans unique? Many still own vinyl

Are there any songs you wish you wrote? “Everytime We Say Goodbye” – Cole Porter and “Fall At Your Feet” – Crowded House

What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans? Hanson, I love Mmmbop!

What is your dream show lineup? Opening for Crowded House – or Jon Brion

What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Peanut Butter M&Ms

Do you have any rituals before you go on stage? I listen to Otis Redding Live at Monterey in the car on the way to gigs to get me in the zone…

Should music be free? No, but the dialog surrounding music should be.

How has digital affected your career? It has allowed us independents a more powerful and immediate way to get our voice heard.

Are digital singles vs. full albums the future of music? I’m very much an album guy – I love the way they can play through as a novel, or a film in how they tell the story of where an artist is at (both as a musician and as a person). I can see how our culture is becoming more and more immediate and our attention spans are (arguably) shinking, but I do think these kinds of things are cyclical. The 50s was a tremendous time for the single, and it wasn’t long before the late 60s brought the art of the album into the lexicon. I do think we’re headed back that way, and even if not there will always be an audience for it.

Finish this sentence: The music industry is… what we make of it.