Born and raised in Flint, MI, Brandon Tramaine Bell is a student at University of Michigan who’s currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English & History. Between school and work, he also delves into the world of artist development and executive producing. Brandon’s interest in becoming hands-on with music artists and their projects started in 2007 when he assisted producer B. Corder in finding samples for the project, On My Way To Tokyo. From that experience, Brandon whet his musical palate, exploring various sounds, album themes and beat structures. As his ear for music sharpened, he went on to work on projects such as B. Corder’s Intro to My Intro and Nameless’ BE[ats] Original: Vol. 1 & 2 and 16-BIT.
In 2012, Brandon co-executive produced the acclaimed independent EP from rapper B!Z and producer A.P. entitled Perfect Timing. During the creative process, he worked extensively with B!Z and A.P. to help develop a collective sound that would mesh well together while displaying their individual artistry. Since its release, Perfect Timing has been featured on big name Hip-Hop blogs such as KevinNottingham.com and Sparkhop.com to name a few. The reviews for the EP were very positive and the project was noted many times as being solid and well-put-together.
When asked about his title and role as an independent A&R and Executive Producer, Brandon responded with this:
“What made me want to be involved in artist development and executive producing was because of the superstars we grew up admiring. At one time you saw the growth in artists, you could remember the first time you saw them and the impression they had on you and the transition they went through with each album. That’s why a lot of those artists are able to stand the test of time as far as putting albums out and still being able to tour, because the cult following they built had a strong foundation. I love to see evolution, especially with the art of music if it’s done in the right light, that’s what pushes me to do it. I want the challenge to naturally make dope music and not doubt myself because I have a vision of where to go with it. I also love when you can listen to an album and recognize the direction. The album should go through valleys and peaks to express the different emotions we all go through as humans. Those records should also stand the test of time; we need more of that. We should be able to play your music twenty years from now and have memories from it.”
Brandon’s musical influences include James Brown, George Clinton, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goldman, Isaac Hayes, Willie Hutch, Leon Ware, The Funk Brothers, The Dramatics, LA Reid, Babyface, Run-DMC, Rick Rubin, LL Cool J, Quincy Jones, Phil Collins, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Wu-Tang Clan, J Dilla, Teddy Riley, Gamble & Huff, DJ Battlecat, Scarface, Esham, Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, DJ Quik, Ice Cube, The Rocafella movement, Stephanie Mills, Angela Winbush, Phyllis Hyman, Roger Troutman, DJ Rogers, 9th Wonder, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Hall & Oats, The SOS Band, NWA, The Dungeon Family, Ant Banks & Too Short, MC Breed, E-40, The Boot Camp Click, Alexander O’Neal, Def Squad, The Native Tongues, Madlib, and Just Blaze.