Brandon Adamson is a singer/songwriter from Phoenix Arizona who began writing and recording music in the mid 1990s. He is heavily influenced by both popular and obscure psychedelic music from the 1960's, lounge singers and crooners, as well as bubblegum pop music from the 1970s. Brandon released a trilogy of lo-fi, cheaply recorded albums which drew attention for their minimal production and Adamson's somewhat cavalier approach to the music making process. He reflected back on these CDs in a recent interview:
"What is interesting is that when I released 'Springtime in Paris' in 2004, it initially received positive reviews as being something refreshing and honest, but as the years went on with the onset of myspace and youtube the reviews actually got worse, as the internet starting to become flooded with amateur sounding music and a backlash started to form...and the perception changed to one where anyone could make an album. The ironic thing is that the negative reviews all came in the form of internet comments, earthlink homepages, livejournal entries etc. So just as they complain that anyone can put out an album, so too can anyone pontificate, publish a review or offer commentary regardless of their qualifications, knowledge, imagination, or critical thinking skills. These albums were never meant to be 'good' in any sort of conventional sense. They were meant to be innocent...like a little kid playing the piano. Having said all that, I personally don't think any of them were very good. I find it hard to listen to them, because the production quality is just too low, I always rushed everything rather than getting a proper take, and I always hated the cheap keyboard sound. I like 60's music and song structure. I hate keyboards and drum machines actually, but I had no money so I did what I could with what little I had."
Brandon has since upgraded his instruments to a wide assortment of cool vintage gear and over the years has evolved into a more refined artist. He lives in the lush Phoenix area of Arcadia in a condo built in 1967, which he remodeled to look like something of a space age Bond villain headquaters. Brandon has been working on a new album the past couple of years with Portland producer "Daggrr." It is set to be released at the beginning of 2011. Brandon Adamson is also a prolific poet and painter, who has published a book of poetry(Sidequests, 2008) and whose work has appeared in Plazm Magazine, San Fernando Poetry Journal, as well as dozens of small press publications. He maintains a long running personal blog which dates back to 2001 at RandomBrandon.com