Interview w/ Bryan SM

For the viewers, give us an introduction on Bryan SM

Bryan SM... upcoming artist/producer from the south side of Chicago that can't really be boxed into any type of category. My music is based on all types of life experiences and the things that i've seen.

How long have you been grinding in the music game? 

I started playing instruments at about 7 and started writing songs at 13.

Besides being influenced to pursue this career in music, what are your other aspirations that you are set out to do?

At this point music and taking care of my family is the only thing on my mind, i have a hard time thinking about anything other than my music and my family.

Was there a specific moment in your life where you thought, “music is what I want to do”?
I use to get in trouble alot in school because i would make anything to a song. Everything i saw, everything i heard would become a song so i guess music chose me before i knew what was going on.

What have been your struggles and triumphs in the business? Are you interested in venturing to markets overseas?

The everyday struggles of being an up and coming artist such as growing followers, trying to make people see i'm more that an artist. Most of the content that you hear from Bryan SM is done by Bryan SM from the idea to the beat to the lyrics. I would love to touch different markets, the goal is to become a brand so i'm not scared to go anywhere.

Do you have other passions in life? Do you believe passion is an essential part of success?
Without a passion life is pointless, my passions are my music, my family and representing my city in a way that will inspire others to do whatever it is they love as well as interacting with the city to give back to the city that has given so much to me.

Tell us about Southside Records LLC.
Southside Records was started in 2016 by myself and Corey Hill. The goal was to not over think the name but find something that represents the content that people hear. The way i talk, the way i dress, the man that i am today has heavily been influenced by the south side of Chicago. I love music from all aspects of the world but i just don't feel like Chicago gets the respect it deserves even though a piece of Chicago can be found in most music from all over. I wanted to make sure from the start to finish of my music career when you see me you see Chicago (all sides) but especially where my home is located on the sout hside.

Do you think the advent of internet and all the new technology has helped your music and independent musicians in general, or do you think it just creates a mass of mediocre “copycats” who flood the web, making it difficult to distinguish yourself?
I would say its more good then bad if you up for it. The good is its easier than ever to get your music on the same platforms with your favorite artist in a matter of days so your career is in your hands only if you want it that way. The bad is that its floods the markets and it is harder to get noticed but thats where the labor is done. Can you pop out more than the next man? Can your music be more thought  provoking? Can you just out hustle the next man or woman. It makes more better competition and i think it prepares you more for when you do blow.

In your experience thus far, what is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed? And one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?
Be prepared for the lows, everybody you start with won't be along for the long haul. Good friends, family won't always support but if you have truly made up your mind that music is your calling stay lazer focus because failure is not an option.

What's next for Bryan SM?
"Pains and Gains" Ep dropping soon then get this 2nd project mixed and master and its right back to work.