Famed musical icon Quincy Jones once said about his career, “You gotta do what you love and really believe in it, because that is your truth.” sure, anyone could apply this statement to his or her own circumstances, but for record producer Brandon Mashburn this maxim has helped form his approach to creating music—devoting his time and efforts to forge only the best possible sounds for the projects he’s passionate about. This dedication is what will allow Mashburn to carve out his own place in music history.
Growing up in Springfield, Missouri with a record player instead of a television set, Mashburn was fortunate enough to be surrounded by music on a daily basis. Influenced on many levels by artists ranging from The Beatles and Michael Jackson to songwriter Tom Whitlock, he first emulated what he heard on his family’s musty century-old piano and taught himself how to play drums, guitar and bass. Soon enough, he was making a sound all his own and realized his path in life. Mashburn describes his style as “Very broad strokes of pop chord progression sensibility stuffed into whatever genre I’m working in. Be it country, rock, or pop itself, I work to grab the listener’s attention. The ultimate goal for anyone making music is to make a song or body of work that strikes a chord with people.”
Mashburn’s career has taken him all over the musical map—inside and outside the studio. On top of being a touring musician since he was a teenager, he has produced for Trustcompany (Geffen/Sony) and up-and-comers Before You Exit (RCA/Sony), mixed records for U2 and Beyoncé among others, and has penned some tunes for Bruno Mars together with partners The Jackie Boyz. All of these experiences within the music industry were the driving factors behind Mashburn’s decision to start his own production company, Dynamite Music Group. Through Dynamite, he is currently focusing on developing artist John Lindahl (Epic/Sony) in conjunction with record executive LA Reid and breaking the country music trio Restless Road jointly with legendary music manager Johnny Wright (*Nsync, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears).
Mashburn says he’s just a lucky guy who gets to produce albums, write songs and play some shows, and though his journey is just getting started, he’s already achieved more notches in his belt than he could have ever hoped. “There’s one thing that makes everything worth it at the end of the day,” he says. “hearing your music performed live by a great band in front of tens of thousands of energetic people is just amazing! You can’t ask for anything more than that!” for Mashburn, doing what he loves and leaving this lasting impression on listeners is his truth.