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Life & Work with Brandon Lang

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandon Lang.

Hi Brandon, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’ve always wanted to be a part of the music industry and audio/ video production ever since I was young. My father influenced that early on as he exposed me to live music through his own band and playing guitar. My journey really began though back in 2012 after finishing college at Cal State Fullerton with an emphasis in radio, tv, and film production. I worked for a production company called Select Multimedia while in college to learn more of the ropes behind live production. I’ve been a dj for over 20 years and the passion for music has always been there but everything fell into place it seems after college. I networked and made a lot of great connections while in college and played events all around Southern California. Back then I was a part of 2 local dnb crews, UPGRADE and BREAKBEAT BBQ. This allowed me to really get exposed to what drives people’s passion for music, why people go to events, and why quality production is important. At that time, I was able to focus a bit more on what I wanted to do and I knew that music and production was it.

After working for over two years as a Technical Director at CSUF’s TITAN RADIO (college radio station) I was offered a job as a Technical Director at a start-up online music streaming company called EMS radio, based out of Southern California. The company is no longer around these days but it solidified my passion for music and I knew I wanting to be a part of the production industry in someway.

I love all kinds of music and have a wide palette as far as what I enjoy listening to but my real passion is towards Drum n Bass music. The energy behind the music has captured my sole for over 20 years. This passion really sparked the flame toward my musical journey and journey in life itself.

I moved to Austin back in 2014 and took on a residency with the local drum n bass crew, SONAR DNB. Was a local weekly event at PLUSH ATX (RIP). In 2019, a friend of mine, Kelsey Byrne and I began to create another dnb ‘outfit’ called Catalyst DNB and Reload. Which the theory behind the events we were going to throw was directly aimed to broaden and further influence growth in the scene. When covid hit that all changed things and I began to think about how to reignite dnb events locally. Instead of growing it, we had to focus on rebuilding it!

So the decision was made between my partner Kelsey and I to make CATALYST DNB a production and events company and RELOAD DNB our ‘main event’… which would be a monthly event to drive consistency with in the drum n bass scene here in Austin. Since beginning of 2021 the crew has grown to eight members who play a pivotal role in either planning or being a resident dj. My partners Kelsey, CJ and I handle the backend of planning, such as: booking, logistics, and promotion.

Our first few events were solely focused on igniting the passion back into the local dnb scene… where we booked local djs to showcase who hadn’t played a live event in over a year due to covid-19 pandemic. Our last few shows, to end out the year, are now hosting out of state talent as well as booking local talent being a major focus. I am a firm advocate for supporting locally.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There’s been quite a bit of challenges along the way during my journey. Moving to a new place (Austin). Establishing myself in a new place. Growing as a person. Growing as an artist/ dj. Starting a new business. Being there for my family and having a work/ life balance. Finding inspiration to complete goals and keeping my passion going. To name a few.

Starting a new endeavor can be scary at times due to the unknown but if your drive and passion is there… you can overcome any challenge. Believing in yourself has a lot to do with it but also having a good support group of family and friends is important.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
My dj alias name is BLANG and I produce my own original music to play out at my live shows. I have been djing since 1999. I’ve played alongside some big name artists such as DJ SWAMP, Deiselboy, Rusko, Liquid Stranger, Aphrodite, and Emma G & MC TALI… to name a few. This November 2021, I will be playing RealMusic events NOISIA farewell tour at The Concourse Project. Which for me is a pretty big deal.

I also run a small indie digital label called Bell Ringer records which I started in 2010 to feature strictly stateside artists. I am a firm advocate for supporting locally.

I specialize in music and audio production. Additionally, I also coordinate events pretty regularly as I have had my hand in organizing events since 2010. I am versatile and love to collaborate with others.

I am definitely grateful and feel fortunate that I have some kind of footprint somewhere in the music industry. It’s a hard industry to break into. I am always striving for progress and determined for success, which has helped me along the way. I am happy with where I am at the moment with my endeavors in regards to djing, my music production, and Catalyst DNB. Upward and onward… always!

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
Since I started my musical journey in 1999 as a dj, I have been fortunate enough to travel all across the US. Places like Miami, North Carolina, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Austin, San Antonio, and San Diego to name a few.

I am also owner and manage record label Bell Ringer records.

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