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An Interview Brayden Tabakian


A fresh release from Brayden Tabakian brings on a crisp pop undertone with touches of Funk and an atmospheric dream pop layer that peaks its head out throughout the course bringing everything to an atmosphere that's pretty much all its own.


"Softy" feels like a bit of a personal track that comes from life experience and this is what this artist does to get things out of his head.


The biggest thing that's understood about this song is that it's got one hell of a groove and it brings that to such a level that it's really hard not to start shaking your ass in your seat.


This is most certainly a dance-around-the-living-room singalong that boasts a ton of colorful vibrancy and catchy pop sensibility.


The Baseline is a major player in this single and sets the feel for the rest of the track but the character that Brayden boasts throughout the song is what keeps it all together.


Performance and delivery have a youthful swagger to them and keep to this polished sheen that makes everything incredibly radio-friendly and also very infectious.


There's also this cool energy that the track has which is part of white grabs you and keeps you where it wants you.


Little bits of ambient dream pop give the song elements of a floating feeling but the whole thing has a very current pop approach which also comes hand-in-hand with the track's honesty.


And it does have truthfulness to it which makes it a little bit more personal, and I think that a lot of pop songs should have that element and things like that or what gets you attached to songs sometimes.


Not that this track really needs it because it's definitely a bit of a banger even though it's done in a slightly subtle way.


It's not overly excited or crazy, it's catchy as hell but the energy is always dynamic and it's just right so that the artist keeps to his little bits of R&B approach.


"Softy" is the latest of a handful of singles released starting last year and each one brings something a little bit different to the table which in turn makes Brayden more diverse than you might think.


The artist being 19 years old surely boasts that youthful energy that great and current pop music needs to hit that sweet spot a lot of the time.


With the release of such a catchy single, we wanted to have a sit down with Brayden Tabakian to find out where this actually came from and what might be coming up next for the artist.


Here's what happened.



TSWS: Okay Brayden let's start with "Softy". This single grooved hard and had a bright and slightly edgy pop vibe! How did this track come about?

Thank you! This track came about very spontaneously one day during a writing session. This wasn’t my go-to style of music but when my producer first layed down the bass in the track, I was immediately excited. I decided not too long after, to pursue finishing the entire song and then release it. The reaction has been awesome so far.

TSWS: How did this all start for you as an artist? When did you fall in love with music really?

I've always loved music growing up but I was definitely more of a listener than a creator of music. I became obsessed with the drums at the age of 13 and then singing at the age of 18. I’m still learning a ton as I go!


TSWS: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?

I get inspired by many things but lately it’s been the artists I listen and look up to. It can be a single song or music video from one of my favorite artists that will get me inspired to start writing again. Sometimes it’s unrelated to music and movies or other kinds of videos will inspire me to start getting creative. I’d say i’m in a musical headspace all day everyday no matter what I’m doing.

TSWS: This single has some great styles combinations on it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?

My biggest influence has always been Justin Bieber and I would say that his style has really helped shape a-lot of my own, however this song has a-lot more funk and indie elements to it. I've had so many different musical phases in my life, especially when I was starting to play to different styles of music on the drums. I take inspiration from rappers like Travis scott and Don Toliver to DJs like Skrillex and Diplo, and so many more to help shape my music!

TSWS: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?

Ever since I moved to La, I've found myself going out a lot more. I don’t mean parties but more like dinners, shows, hangouts etc. I also like hanging out at home and doing things I've always done, like playing video games or watching a movie. TSWS: Who's in your headphones right now?

Gio. , Justin Bieber, Skrillex, Don Toliver TSWS: Are you doing any live performances right now?

I have my first live performance on March 9th! I’m super pumped for it and then I’ll have my album show on May 18th! The day after my birthday and 6 days after my album drops. ( I haven’t told anyone i’m dropping an album so if you see this - it’s a secret between us! )


TSWS: Did you record this yourself or hit a big studio for this?

I hit a studio up for this, however I felt super comfortable with mu producer and song writer making it. I didn’t feel the pressure that some people would feel going into a big studio and trying to record it in one session. We really took our time with this song and I’m very happy with how it came out.

TSWS: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?

They can expect more shows and more music! There are so many things I want to achieve within my music and for me this is truly just the beginning. It’s all happening so fast! TSWS: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music? you guys are amazing, and you’ve inspired me so much to keep creating. I’m so impatient to show you all the new music I’m working on, but I know it’s worth the wait. I can’t wait to see so many of you in person and until then, I hope you keep enjoying the music that’s already out! Love you guys!


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