With the East Coast in his roots and the West Coast in his soul, Californian artist Brandyn Kaine brings spirituality, intellect, and versatility to the music game. Born just outside of Boston, Brandyn moved to the Bay Area at a young age, where his first memories were formed. It was here that he realized music would lead his entire life. Shortly after, Brandyn’s family headed south to Orange County where he would grow up and further mold his musical vision. After graduating high school, he left Southern California and headed to Nashville to study Music Business on scholarship at Belmont University. While earning his degree, he assembled a team to assist him in bringing his vision to fruition.
After releasing two SoundCloud mixtape (Vintage and PCH Vibes), Brandyn’s first commercial single, Artist Type, saw success after being added to Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist. It currently has over 350,000 streams on the platform as well as nearly 100,000 on SoundCloud.
Moving forward, Kaine spent a period of time dropping a single every ten days for 100 days, which have amassed over 450,000 streams on SoundCloud. The tracks have been gathered into a collection titled Prologue, and can also be found on Spotify where they have pulled in over 100,000 streams.
In the summer of 2017 Brandyn released his commercial debut project, PCH Vibes 2. Featuring the singles, Holy Light, Propane, and Things You’re Missing, which have acquired over 200,000 streams on Spotify and an additional 200,000 streams on SoundCloud.
With his team behind him, Brandyn plans to spend the upcoming years building the foundation for one extremely lucrative and sustainable career. He demonstrates a versatility that has attracted and won the hearts of his fanbase through his heavy blend of singing and rapping over Ruga produced beats. With lyricism wise beyond his years, Brandyn’s awareness serves as his ultimate communication to his listeners through his commanding tone, elevating traditional perceptions of music and songwriting. His next major project is expected to be released in 2018.
Meet the Artist: NY Elite Interview with Musician Brandyn Kaine
NY Elite: Tell us a little about yourself as an artist.
Brandyn Kaine: I grew up on the West Coast, but moved to Nashville after being offered a scholarship to study music business. I’ve just been here working on my sound and developing my team for the last 4 years. We all live under the same roof while I work on my music, and it’s a perfect setup for this stage of my career as we prepare me for a sustainable lifetime in the industry. For us, it’s really all about fanbase, fanbase, fanbase at this point. We’re building a foundation right now that will allow me to have longevity because there’s a growing number of people finding out about me, and it’s really cool to see.
NY Elite: How did you get started and how would you describe your music?
Brandyn Kaine: I’ve been writing songs since I was 6 years old and haven’t stopped since. I seriously decided to pursue music as a career when I was 18 and moved away from home. After releasing some singles on SoundCloud, I dropped my first mixtape, PCH Vibes in the summer of 2016 which brought in my first wave of fans. Since then I’ve dropped 2 commercial projects, PCH Vibes 2 and Prologue, that have allowed me to tell my stories how I want to and put my listeners in my shoes. With these 2 projects, I was able to develop the base of my sound with my producer, Ruga. We’ve been honing in on a blend of singing and rapping to create a spiritual/ghost-like vibe for my listeners. Our chemistry is getting better and better as we work on more music and it’s really been showing in each release. Exciting times.
NY Elite: What does art mean to you?
Brandyn Kaine: Art is everything. I also write short stories and poems, and when I write songs, I litter my notebook with drawings and visuals all around the lyrics. If I’m able to draw a clear enough picture of what I’m writing, I know it’s worthy of my listeners’ ears. My goal is to bring either imagery or energy/a feeling to them. If they have a picture of what I’m saying in their mind and it takes them to a different place, or my emotion in a song is directly translated to them, then I’ve done my job. And that’s all art through music in my opinion. To be honest, without it, I’d probably go insane.
NY Elite: What projects are you currently working on?
Brandyn Kaine: I’m currently working on a bunch of songs for my album. We’ve also been getting a lot of good video content over the past few months. Just stocking up on as much good material as possible. We’ve been dropping music too. I just released a 3-song EP titled What You Love Me For, and we’ve got a couple of music videos and another EP all coming in the next few months. We definitely don’t take my fans for granted, so we think it’s important to consistently give them as much good content as possible.
NY Elite: Where was your last performance?
Brandyn Kaine: My last performance was at a venue called The End here in Nashville. I got to meet some new fans afterward to take pictures and hook them up with merch. It’s exciting to know that people are down to come out and watch me do my thing. I even had one fan drive out like 4 hours to come see me perform for the first time. That was one of the best feelings I’ve had.
NY Elite: Where would you most like to perform and tell us about some of your favorite projects you have been part of.
Brandyn Kaine: Of course we’re shooting for the top. I want to be selling out Madison Square Garden one day. On the other hand, the lake in my hometown in California has a bunch of concerts every summer that I used to always go to as a kid; I’d really love to do that one day and have it all come full circle.
My favorite project I’ve been a part of to this point was my collaboration with the Italian hip-hop star, Sercho. Ruga is from Milan, Italy and last summer we went out there to do some work in the studio and got connected with some really cool people. Ruga grew up listening to Sercho, so hearing that his beat and my feature made the cut on the album was one of the dopest things that’s happened for our team. The song is called Young Cobain, and it’s currently at 100,000 streams and counting on Spotify.
NY Elite: If you could try a new genre of music, what would it be?
Brandyn Kaine: If I didn’t do hip-hop, I’d definitely want to be a tropical house producer because I really love listening to that genre—it’s so melodic and catchy to me. I really want to start performing on those tracks as a vocalist though, and we’re setting up some pieces right now to make that happen this year. As my career develops, I hope to mature my sound and really bring all of my musical influences together. I have a lot of songs written right now that I’m saving for that stage of my career that I think are hits.
NY Elite: Do you enjoy writing music and/or lyrics?
Brandyn Kaine: I enjoy doing both and 99% of the time I’m writing all of my own lyrics. I do have the ability to compose full songs musically. However, my style of music composition isn’t very traditional, so that’s on hold for now, but the music that I’ve released thus far and will be releasing over the new few years is primarily composed by Ruga with a few other producers here and there. Occasionally Ruga and I will co-compose a track where I’ll have some production credits. I pride myself the most on the executive production, and that’s always a team effort.
NY Elite: Do You Have a Formal Music Education / Training?
Brandyn Kaine: I don’t. Even though I plan to study music theory in the future, I’m glad I haven’t learned it yet because it’s allowed me to be wildly creative and artistic.
NY Elite: Do you play any instruments?
Brandyn Kaine: Not yet. I found music myself, so it was never forced on me through an instrument. Everything I know is from listening to the artists I grew up on. Like with music theory, I’d eventually like to learn piano and compose full ballads in my later years. I think that would elevate my music to a new level.
NY Elite: What hidden talents do you have?
Brandyn Kaine: I’m not sure if I’d say I have hidden talents. It’s all music for me. Something that most people don’t know, though, is that I grew up playing 3 sports competitively and it was a huge part of my childhood. I honestly think my future kids are more likely to be athletes than musicians, haha.
NY Elite: Who Are Your Musical Influences?
Brandyn Kaine: The first music I remember hearing is Phil Collins at age 3. From there my parents were showing me a lot of Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Enya, and bands like The Police. So those shaped my initial perceptions of music. After that, I went through a pop/punk phase which was full of bands like Blink-182, Sum 41, and Rise Against. That alternative influence is still pretty evident in my music today. When I was 12, my older brother gifted me the albumLAX by The Game, and that’s when I fell in love with hip-hop. Being from the West Coast, The Game became my favorite rapper, and he still is today. After discovering him, my brother put me on to N.W.A., Eminem, D-12, Tupac, Biggie, Nas, and Kanye. These days I find myself listening to Frank Ocean, Vic Mensa, Jon Bellion, Rihanna, Bon Iver, Dej Loaf, The Weeknd and The Japanese House.
NY Elite: What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
Brandyn Kaine: Never give up. Just know that it’s going to take a long, long time to bring your visions to fruition. It’s a lifetime commitment. You have to be a strong person internally and be ready to face a lot of failure. There will be a lot of times that you release something that you think is incredible, and no one cares. So you have to believe in your vision no matter what. Also, if you’re just starting out, assemble a team. If you can get hardworking, smart people to believe in your vision the way you do you’re in a much better position. If someone is willing to dedicate a lot of their time and energy toward seeing you succeed, you’re probably onto something. I’ve still got a long way to go, but we’re figuring it out more and more every day, and I’m grateful for that.
NY Elite: What can we expect from you this year? Any tour plans?
Brandyn Kaine: Hopefully you can expect my album this year. We’ve got a few factors determining that still, but crazy work is being put in right now. Until then, we’ll be dropping some songs and videos here and there. As I said, we’re heavily focused on making sure my fanbase has a lot of content. I remember having like 5 fans, so now I really want to keep the whole fanbase satisfied because it’s actually growing. I definitely want to hit the road and see more of them in person, so we’ll be making tour plans to follow up the album for sure. I’m excited to hit the stage with what I’m working on now.