By Bianca Anderson
Brandon Frye says he knew he wanted to pursue music since the age of 8. He was inspired by his grandfather.
“I use to grow up listening to him play his guitar all the time and it always inspired me, so I decided to pick one up one day . . . and that’s where it started,” said Frye.
Frye is a sophomore at Western Michigan University, where he studies product and sales marketing. Although he loves music, he prefers to study that in his free time. According to Frye, there’s no need to spend tuition money to get a degree in the kind of music he wants to create.
In addition to the guitar, Frye can play the drums, saxophone and piano. He uses these instruments when in his hometown of Ypsilanti, where he mostly does his big recordings. During those recordings he’s able to be more creative, instead of using his normal computer programs.
Frye, who goes by the stage name “B.Frye” when recording or producing instrumentals for an artist, uses software such as Propellerheads Reason, Protools and Logic. Frye says reason is his favorite to use of the three.
As a producer, Frye creates instrumentals for artists. He also does recording and mixing of the final tracks. So far he has worked with artist such as Big Sean, Cyhi da Prynce and Rocko, supplying them with beats.
All artists have worked together on albums and mix tapes and are hip-hop artists.
When it comes to the genre of music and artist, Frye prefers working with hip-hop Southern artists but says, “I don’t make music for specific individuals. My music is more of a creative expression, a way for me to release my feelings without saying anything.”
He doesn’t mind branching out because he has a background for reading music so he wouldn’t mind working with artists outside the hip-hop genre.
Currently, Frye is working with a couple of rap artists on their upcoming mix-tapes. One of those artists using his beats is rap superstar Young Jeezy. Young Jeezy is a Southern artist based out of Atlanta.
For local artists, he typically works with his friends. “Just a couple of my boys… I really don’t choose to participate with the locals scene as far as music because I feel that It’d be like, kinda limiting myself to the type of music that people in a certain area wanna listen to,” said Frye.
He shares most of his writing ideas with his close friend Inez Berg, who writes lyrics. Though she doesn’t sing or rap, she helps him make decisions on what audiences may like.
Frye has began working locally with Anthony Gladden, a WMU student who is new to music.
“It’s my first time ever trying to record, so we are just playing around with it seeing what happens,” said Gladden.
According to Gladden, Frye “makes good beats. I see him being famous. I can see it he’s really good at what he do and he works hard so that’s the next step.”
In five years, Frye says, “hopefully I’ll be somewhere with a production deal.”