Features Week July Day 1: PD Brody

How long have you been making music?

Professionally, since about 21. But I’ve been musically involved since 5 years old

 

What inspired you to become a musician?

My late father, Don Brody, is probably greatest inspiration. He was front man for the 80’s ska/rock band Crying Out Loud, and later the folk/rock duo The Mary’s. I remember seeing him play locally and wanting do the same thing, be up on stage and performing. I didn’t get a chance to really show him what I could do, as he passed away when I was 5.

I started playing piano about that time, then the guitar at age 9 or 10. I began writing songs at 14 and playing open mics around 16/17. It’s been a slow, steady progression.

Another reason music means so much as, is I was bullied as a child and teenager, and music was the one thing I felt I was good at. Earning solos in choir and nailing my part was the way I was able to shut those people up. Playing music was a bridge to be the one thing I wanted to be: accepted.

 

What is your favorite part about being a musician?

Each song is a 3-4 minute escape from the “real world”. I get myself lost in music, whether I’m playing it myself or just listening. Nothing else matters, and it’s almost like for those few minutes, I’m free.

 

What genre of music do you perform?

I’ve been compared to the likes of Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty), Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish), Zac Brown (Zac Brown Band), Jason Mraz, Jeffrey Gaines, and perhaps most notably, Bruce Springsteen. I’m somewhere between Rock, Rop, Country, Folk, and more recently influenced by the Blues.

 

Who is your favorite musician?

I have tremendous respect for Rob Thomas, frontman for Matchbox Twenty. He’s been able to carve out a lengthy, sustainable career from the late 1990’s through present day, between his work in MB20, his solo projects, and collaborations with the likes of Carlos Santana. His writing speaks to me on many levels, and even the songs he covers, he makes his own. That’s the type of artistry I aspire to.

 

What is the most challenging part about being a musician in the genre you’ve chosen?

I think the hardest part is finding your “voice”, that tone and timbre that when a song comes on the radio, you say to yourself “that’s a PD Brody tune”. Particularly because I don’t feel like I sound like somebody already relevant, it’s hard to classify what I do.

Across all genres, I think it’s a challenge to be both trendy and cutting edge, a fine line between Individuality and Conformity, sounding enough like “you” to stand out, but enough like everyone else to be considered “mainstream”.

 

Which of your songs is your favorite?

“Find A Way” was the first song I ever wrote that I actually liked, and didn’t mind playing out night after night… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGTl2PUvKzw

 

Where can we find you on social media?

“Like” P.D. Brody on Facebook

Instagram: @pdbrody

Twitter: @pdbrody


Thank you so much to PD Brody for taking the time to answer these questions! You can also find some more of PD Brody’s music on his YouTube channel

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