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May 4, 2012

The Fabulous Moonshyne Brown talks to FMT.

HE’S the multiplatinum singer/producer who has worked with the likes of Ludacris and Curtis Mayfield and has had songs in five Sony Motion pictures. He recently unleashed his thunder through “Fade to Black”, earning acclaim as one of the best rock acts at the Bite My Music Global Awards.

The Fabulous Moonshyne Brown made time for the FMT team recently to share the following:

Q.  How would you best describe your music?

Brown: My music has infusions of all the elements I grew up listening to as a child.  I listened to soul, jazz, classical, classic rock, blues and funk.  I studied music for most of my life. So I draw from those inspirations, as I do from artists I looked up to—like Jimi Hendrix, Prince, George Clinton, Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Buddy Guy, BB King, Pink Floyd, etcetera. I guess the best title for it would be Psychedelic Funk Rock.

Q. What are your songs about?

Brown: My songs are mostly about freedom—freedom of thought , freedom of speech and freedom of expression. I usually draw from personal experiences, both uplifting and dark. I hope my message and experiences can help change the thoughts of my listeners as well as myself.

Q. Money or fame?

Brown: Fame is a fickle, evil and dangerous animal.  It will trick you into believing the hype and then eat you alive just as quick.  So I would say money over fame for sure because I have three beautiful daughters to take care of, and that’s most important .

Q. What has been your biggest achievement to date?

Brown: Normally, in interviews, I would always say my double platinum plaque for producing music for Ludacris would be my biggest shining accomplishment to date. But receiving an International recognition through the Bite My Music Global Awards ranks pretty damn high on my list. I am honoured. Being an African American rock artist in my country is like being a pink elephant. So i am very proud of the award.

Q. What would you like to be remembered for?

Brown: That’s easy. Music.

Q. What are your thoughts on piracy? Would you give your music away for free?

Brown: My thoughts on piracy are fifty-fifty.  An artist makes music to survive, both spiritually and financially.  Policed the right way, music sharing can benefit artists greatly as far as promotion goes.  We make records to do shows and touch the audience. That’s always the goal. But there must be a form of compensation for the art, through merchandising and fan support. If the music is free, fans must show their support in other ways to help keep their favourite artists going. And that’s what needs to be worked on. It’s still a job.

Q. Any advice for upcoming artists?

Brown: My biggest advice would be to find your sound and be true to it. Feel free to express yourself to the fullest and let creation flow.

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