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Country Music Explosion:Thanks for doing this interview,Let's first start off by giving us a little background of your life,then we can proceed to the rest of the interview
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Background Q&A:

Country Music Explosion:Did you live in a small town or big city?

Brian James Schram:I was raised in a very small town of 1500. Just a few businesses and 1 dominant factory.We were actually in between Mancelona and Alden and so if you counted Alden I'd say add 500 more to that number lol.Beautiful area though with many farms and lakes.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you attend church?

Brian James Schram:Yes I attended church every sun morning, night and wed night.To put it bluntly I was headed down the wrong path in school and my mamma talked me into going on a tent revival trip.It was there that ended up letting Jesus into my heart and I was never the same again.I will never be ashamed to talk about my faith.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any brothers or sisters,?if so,Are you the oldest?middle?youngest child

Brian James Schram:I have 3 brothers.I am in the middle of all that chaos yes lol.I love my brothers to death and we are very close.In fact we have our own facebook thread entitled "Hobbit Town".I started it so that we would have a place to never lose contact and take shots at each other.Mostly take shots at each other lol.
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Country Music Explosion:Where did you and your friends like to hang out the most on weekends

Brian James Schram:Anywhere there was music or sports.My life revolved around getting better at misic and today is no different. Sports were always a huge part of our lives. Especially fishing
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Country Music Explosion:Did you finish school?

Brian James Schram:I did finish through homeschooling.I went to college for a bit but it didn't last long when I made the decision to go all in with music.
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Country Music Explosion:What were your fondest memories in school?

Brian James Schram:Hmm lets see.Getting kissed by an older girl.Winning a talent show playing the National Anthem behind my back on guitar.Putting fireworks in Mr.Keggs coat closet right before he opened it.Making my first basket in a basketball game in middle school.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to friends at school,Do you still stay in contact with them?what kind of things did you all like to do together?

Brian James Schram:This is the beautiful thing about social media.We are all much too busy with our lives to ever get together but it's nice to see them comment and throw likes on my posts etc.I try to do the same for them when I can just to let them know I haven't forgotten them.
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Country Music Explosion:Did you ever get in trouble with your friends?

Brian James Schram:lol yeah.And some were no longer my friends shortly after!!
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Country Music Explosion:What's the hardest thing you have learned in life?

Brian James Schram:The hardest thing I've learned in life is to have patience.Nothing of real value ever comes without hard work and rushing things.These days I am never in a hurry to fail.That and coming to the realization that love is something that comes and goes.There is no guarantee with love but there is always a guaranteed education waiting for you.Good or bad you can ALWAYS learn something new about love.It's the greatest mystery that exists. L-ots O-f V-eracious E-motions
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Country Music Explosion:What is your favorite food?

Brian James Schram:100% sushi and Gimme all the RAW stuff. Italian is #2.
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Country Music Explosion:What is your favorite drink?

Brian James Schram:A good ole drink of honesty.Which is usually an alcoholic beverage.
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Country Music Explosion:What is your favorite season of the year?

Brian James Schram:That's tough but where I love its beautiful in the fall and fishin is off the chain.
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Country Music Explosion:What is one moment in your life that you will never forget?

Brian James Schram:The birth of my beautiful daughter Layla. That was life changing in so many ways.
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Country Music Explosion:If you were able to have a super power,which would you rather have?

Brian James Schram:Well that's easy.I'd want to be the fastest man alive. Flash is my fav!!
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Country Music Explosion:If your allowed to drink alcohol,which is your favorite?

Brian James Schram: I enjoy titos n tonic and some craft beers
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Country Music Explosion:Is there anything you cant live without?

Brian James Schram: My Guitar and my fishing pole
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any animals?if so what kind?

Brian James Schram:I love animals so much.That is why I don't have any because I realize I couldn't give them the time they deserve.
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Country Music Explosion:What else can we expect from you in the future?

Brian James Schram:More songs and more live shows.Writing is literally all I do every single day.Even when I'm busy with other things I'll always at least have my phone ready to record any new ideas that pop up.And my management is working on a tour.I was made for the road I absolutely love it.
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Country Music Explosion:What did you like to do growing up?

Brian James Schram:Playing guitar,fishing and lots of basketball
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of hobbies did you have growing up and have right now?

Brian James Schram:Fishing I would say is the biggest one.If you can't find me anywhere you need to check the lakes lol
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Country Music Explosion:What is your biggest goal in life? Name three of your biggest weaknesses.

Brian James Schram:My biggest goal is to be on a big stage and watch 20k people sing the song that I wrote from my heart.That will be the day that I tear up.My 3 weakness.ok.1.A woman crying.I just hate that.Unless its tears of joy of course.2.I sometimes overanalyze things.Ask my guitar player how many times I have changed simething in a new song we wrote lol.3.I care too much and trust too easy.
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Country Music Explosion:What hidden talents do you have?

Brian James Schram: I am a ninja...
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Country Music Explosion:Where have you lived? What section?

Brian James Schram:I lived in Alden Michigan for most of my life then moved to Southern MI.I've lived in Flint Michigan, Burton,Grand Blance,Lake Orion,Sterling Heights,Royal Oak and St Clair Shores.I Currently live in both Las Vegas and White Lake Michigan.
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Country Music Explosion:How far back can you trace your ancestors?

Brian James Schram:Uuuugh.I'm like mostly Ukrainian/Croatian.I remember that lol
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Country Music Explosion:What was a typical weekend like growing up?

Brian James Schram:I would play basketball at the courts somewhere(usually pick-up ball in Bellaire)and then I'd go fishing.I would rent an ole wooden row boat from Mrs.Bailey at Lake Of The Woods for 5.00.Sometimes I didn't have it and she would still let me go.I would fish all through the night for smallmouth bass on a buzzbait and just knock their lights out. I would fish so long that my Dad would have to come and get me off the lake so that he and Mama could sleep at night.
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Country Music Explosion:Were you or your family members involved in the community?What kind of things?

Brian James Schram:My Daddy was the best road commission worker in the state.He did a lot of great things for the community and donated to charity events often.
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Country Music Explosion:What role did your parents play in your education?

Brian James Schram:My parents supported us kids in whatever we wanted to do in life.If we wanted to pursue a strong education then they were behind us 100%.If we wanted to be in a band then we got the same amount of support. We were never forced into anything and it was all about what we wanted to do with our lives. Not what they wanted. I'll always remember that.
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Country Music Explosion:What language(s) do you speak?

Brian James Schram: English and Fobbit
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Country Music Explosion:Do you and/or band have social media accounts where fans can reach out to you?if so,what is the URL for them?

Brian James Schram: Yes absolutely.

Instagram.com/brianjschram

Facebook.com/brianschramofficial

Website - schrammusic.rocks
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Music Q&A

Country Music Explosion:What role did your parents play in your Music Career?

Brian James Schram:Both my Mamma and Daddy sang country music like crazy.My pops had a country band and he was really really good.He never branched out of our small area but if he would have well you would already know where I come from.He was that good.My mamma had the gift for singing as well.I remember her singing patsy cline songs and satin sheets to lie on most vividly.
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Country Music Explosion:What did your parents and friends say when you told them you wanted to be a singer?

Brian James Schram:Umm well.I never really had to tell them.I just started doing it all the time.Everybody knew that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life and completely supported it!
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Country Music Explosion:Some Artist sing part time,like a hobby,are you making this a Career or Hobby?

Brian James Schram:100% a career.This is my life and I have had no back-up for as long as I've been doing it. I'm all in and for life.
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Country Music Explosion:What's your most favorite thing about singing?

Brian James Schram:Singing songs that really bring out the vulnerability in me.I love to sing songs that take me to spiratul place.A place that doesn't want to let you go until you pull everything out of it that is needed.This is why I love country music songs so much.
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Country Music Explosion:What's the first concert you attended?

Brian James Schram:Oh man that's a tough one lol.I never really attended concerts when I was younger however I DO remember now that I think about it.It was a concert in Missouri that my Daddy took us to on vacation.I remember George Jones and I remember Tanya Tucker.She was my Daddys crush! Also Kentucky Headhunters was one of the bands.
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music can't you stand to listen to?

Brian James Schram:I love all genra's of music as long is it is done well and with passion.I respect all artists if they are talented in what they do
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Country Music Explosion:If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?

Brian James Schram:well I started out as Michigan rocker so that's been dabbled in lol. I would say Classical
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Country Music Explosion:What kind of music do you listen to today?

Brian James Schram:Country and Occasionally old rock. Some club music as well when I'm in the mood I like hearing a big 4 on the floor thump
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Country Music Explosion:What embarrassing songs might we find on your MP3 player?

Brian James Schram:Embarrassing to me?None.Embarrassing to others? Taylor Swift. What a brilliant song writer.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to your music,Do you have one that You're most proud of?If so what is the name of it?

Brian James Schram:A song not released yet.I can't share the name but it's a song about my Daddy and how much he loved/loves country music.It tears me up everytime and I'm the one that wrote the dang thing.
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Country Music Explosion:Which of your song's do you feel most people can relate to?Can you tell us the story behind the song

Brian James Schram: Currently I would have to say a song called "TKO".Its a song that immediately starts of with the lyrics "Sometimes life just hits ya hard.Shows ya how tough you really are".There are not many that can't relate to that.I wanted to write a song that spoke the truth but on the same token bestowed some encouragement.I think the song hit that mark pretty good.Would I change some things now??Yeah lol.But hey isn't that what we're suppose to be doing is getting better at our craft??
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Country Music Explosion:What message are you trying to send with your music?

Brian James Schram:Every message there is.I think what makes country music so special is because it is littered with all kinds of messages for all kinds of stories and life experiences.From love to hearbreak,battling/loving alcoholism to getting sober its all beautifully relatable stuff.Could I sit here and say that I only want to spread my message of love, positivity and sanguinity to look better??I could but that would be a lie.Of course I want to send those messages in my music but along with all the other ones that make us imperfect. Because that is how the world really works.
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Country Music Explosion:What age group is your music aimed towards?

Brian James Schram:I would say it's very wide range from teens to old traditional country music lovers.And I like that.I just want to touch as many hearts as I can.It's aimed at whoever will listen.
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Country Music Explosion:What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

Brian James Schram:I definitely have my own style.You can hear the old and new country music influences in my music is what I've been told.Being rasied on music like George Jones,Willie, Hank,The Hag etc that stuff is just embedded in my soul. However yes I'll say it I love bro country too!!I think FGL and Dierks have some if the most well written and hooky songs there are.Writers like Cole Swindell,Brantley Gilbert,Eric Paslay, Kasey Musgraves,Miranda,Taylor etc are just hard to ignore.I have a hard time not respecting great writing because I work so hard on it myself.Even if I don't like the sound of the music the lyrical content is always on point.So I'd say my genre is......."Broditional Country"
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Country Music Explosion:What image do you think your music conveys?

Brian James Schram:I'm just a fun loving guy that likes to drink and have fun,make mistakes and run.A guy that works hard for what he's got and learns more about life every day.A guy that is not even close to perfect but strives to at least outweigh the bad things with the good.Be humble and never forget where you came from.And don't just say that in an interview to get further in life but actually follow through with it when you DO.
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Country Music Explosion:How old were you when you knew you wanted to be a singer?At the time did you know what Genre you wanted to sing ?

Brian James Schram:I was singing at wedding receptions in my Daddy's band before I was even in my teens.I sang a song called "One I loved Back Then" by George Jones.I loved singing that song but I had to go through the next 10+ years before I realized what I was truly meant to do. Write and sing good ole country music
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Country Music Explosion:Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are presenting both listeners and artists with challenging questions. What's your view on the value of music today?

Brian James Schram:Well honestly I think it is easier now than ever before to get your voice heard.I don't see how that could be a bad thing and though I realize that it has hurt record sales I think if you get use these platforms to get out there and PLAY this music for your fans then it will even itself out. You can't be a lazy artist these days and expect to win.
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Country Music Explosion:Which instruments do you play?

Brian James Schram:I have been playing guitar the longest but I also play bass, banjo and some piano and drums.
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Country Music Explosion:What was the first tune(s) you learned?

Brian James Schram:
"Tear in my beer". My Dad played it on vinyl and I loved it lol
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Country Music Explosion:Is your family musical?

Brian James Schram:Funny enough my Mamma's side is littered with blue grass musicians.My Daddy's side is just littered with Country Music lovers!!
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Brian James Schram:Eric Church.He did things his way and he won by working hard and writing song after song after song. I want to be Eric Church
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Brian James Schram:Too many to list but a few that have had a huge effect on me would be.Stevie Ray Vaughn,Bb.King,Joe Satriani,Hendrix,Dierks Bentley,Cole Swindell,Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean,Rich Richmond,George Jones,Hank Williams,Chris Stapleton,Tim McGraw,Garth,Reba,Luke Bryan,Chris Young,Roy Clark,Alabama,Blake Sheldon etc..I've learned so much from so many I could go on and on and not touch the surface.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Brian James Schram: When my Daddy would walk out of his room with his guitar and sing to us
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Country Music Explosion:Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Brian James Schram: Yes absolutely. George Jones, Hank Jr and Sr, Alabama, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty....my Pop's had em all.
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Country Music Explosion:Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? ?

Brian James Schram: I love SO many amazing artists but just to name a few Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell, Blake Sheldon, Brad Paisley, Maren Morris, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Tim McGraw, Chris Young, Lady A, Brothers Osborne, Stapleton, Cody Jinks, Mitch Tenpenny, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Kasey Musgraves, Cam, ok I'll stop now lol.
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Country Music Explosion:How often and for how long do you practice?

Brian James Schram: Usually a minimum of 6 hrs and up to 10-12 if needed. It depends on whats going on honestly.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you practice - exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?

Brian James Schram: I use most of my time practicing/writing original music. I do have vocal exercises that I do every day to make sure I don't lose anything. I also make sure to keep my guitar chops up learning Paisley riffs and what not. And there is a guy in Nashville Ben Miller. He's one of the best out and I try to learn his stuff too.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you balance your music with other obligations - friends,family, job?

Brian James Schram: Music is all I put my full focus on as far as a job goes. As far as friends they all know that when it comes to music it just comes first. The only thing that comes before music is my daughter Layla and my Parents and brothers.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently looking to be signed to a label?If your signed,can you give us a little insight on how you see the way things are done?is it like a big family?

Brian James Schram: I am signed to an indie label right now. I believe that this label has done a remarkable job of developing and really kickin up a buzz for me. Beyond that who knows what the future may hold. I am certainly open to new opportunities that would get my music out to more people and put me on giant tours but it would have to be the right deal. I'm a firm believer that you MUST find the right company for you or you will just spin your wheels. Everybody has to be on the same page and everybody has to believe in what they are pushing imo. Getting the right people in your corner is so key to get over that hump. Just because you sign a deal doesn't mean the work is over in fact it means to get ready to work harder than you ever have in your life. If I ever do get that opportunity I would challenge any label to find an artist that works and would work harder than I do. I have this quote I use a lot these days...."There is no such thing as a rockstar anymore". You just can't have that mentality and sense of entitlement. Be confident but be down to earth cuz we're all just trying survive out here.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any new releases coming out soon?if so,what is the name of the song,Album and is it available now for pre-order?

Brian James Schram: I have so many new songs it's crazy. Like I said all I do is write new music and basically when my label thinks that we have enough for another EP then we go to Nashville and record more music. I have probably 30 songs in my backpack right now that are being looked at to be record worthy. But there is an album out there right now called "Just a guy" that you can check out. We are looking to drop new music by summer.
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Country Music Explosion:Where can your music be purchased?

Brian James Schram: On all streaming platforms currently
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Country Music Explosion:Have you released any albums,cd's..if so can you tell us about them and the process you did to complete it(length of time,favorite song)

Brian James Schram: Yes it's called "just a guy". We recorded it at Omni Sound studios in Nashville with producer Bill McDermott. It was then mixed by an up and coming DJ named Zardonic which really put a nice twist on it. Its an 8 track album and I'd have to say that "Summerlife" is my favorite track. It's just a high energy summer song to bob your head to with country rock sound to it. There is a video on youtube and the song charted on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart.
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Country Music Explosion:What is your thoughts on the impact of technology in the country music industry?

Brian James Schram: Pretty crazy the things we can do now. I think you have to embrace it for what it is and use it to your advantage
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Country Music Explosion:What is your daily routine of technology as a country music Artist?

Brian James Schram: Well I believe that the absolute best thing you can do as an artist trying to get out there is to GET OUT THERE. Even though I have handlers that work my social media, I also spend HOURS working it myself as well. I figure it can only double the results and I work really hard trying to accomplish that. Keeping up with content and interacting with fans daily is a full time job in itself. But it is imperative.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your thought on the recent law passed called the Music Modernization Act?

Brian James Schram: I don't think that there is an artist nor songwriter that is unhappy about that. It's a beautiful thing!!
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Songwriting Q&A

Country Music Explosion:Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

Brian James Schram: I have written all of my original music. My guitar player Cody has just started to dabble into writing with me and I love it but I love to write music and it is a huge part of what I do. I think currenty the themes are fun and upbeat dancy drinkin/party tunes with a couple serious ones in there as well. I will always want to write those kinds of songs but I have learned a lot about song writing since my first release and I think the topics are very versatile now. Or at least in the way I use them. Song writing is such a science and I think that right now that I understand songwriting more than ever. I'm very excited to see how my recent stuff competes. There are some insane writers out there but hey I ain't scared! I can't be.
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Country Music Explosion:Is there a certain time you set or a certain place to write songs?

Brian James Schram:Absolutely not. I look at it this way. I am a sonwriter on call to the Universe 24/7. My job is to be ready to take what the universe/God gives me when it wants to give it to me. I am simply a vessel ready and willing to be used at any time. Songs are more than a "writing schedule" to me. Songs change lives and you can't put a schedule on that. You just have to stay open minded and willing.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you find song writing to be difficult and need some sort of help or do they come to you very easy?

Brian James Schram:I would say that their is no serious writer out there that would ever say that songwriting is easy. The deeper you get into it the more difficult it becomes. You have to say things that haven't been said yet or in a different way than they have been to really make a mark. There is nothing easy about that task unless you are an alien from another planet. And I think that you should never be ashamed to ask for help. Its been nice for me the past year to get my guitar player Cody involved in writing because it has taken some of the pressure off my brain. He's an intelligent guy and a really great musical composer. He brings a lot of new ideas to the table that we can run with!!
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to writing your songs..Do the songs just come to you,then you write them or Do you have to meet with a publisher and/or other songwriters?

Brian James Schram:100% currently my songwriting is very random and spontaneous. I try not to force anything when it comes to song writing cuz that is where you ger into trouble. And it will drive you absolutely bonkers.
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Country Music Explosion:How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city/state you are currently living in and how important is it in terms of what you're actually writing about?

Brian James Schram:Well I basically live in 3 places now throughout the year. Vegas, Michigan and Nashville. Nashville I think speaks for itself its the home of country music but Vegas and Michigan have a good country scene as well. There are some great country artists lurking around in Michigan like Alan Turner, Kari Holmes, Audrey Ray along with others and it's really nice to see. Many do not realize that some parts of Michigan (like where I was raised) are even more country than the south. And of course Vegas is loaded with talent and country music artists are no acception. I'd say anywhere I am laying my head has potential inspiration as to what I am writing about at any given time.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your main impulses to write music?

Brian James Schram:Life experiences. Life experiences create great stories. Great stories are the epitome of great songs.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to song writing, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a writer?

Brian James Schram:My challenge I would say is slowing down. I literally try to write a song every single day. I had a week where I wrote 10 songs in that week alone. I just love to see results and I love hearing/seeing the finished product of creativity. I've just always been like that. But that being said qaulity is KEY. It doesn't do you any good to write that many songs if they are all crap. I call it the prolific songwriter curse. You just end up with a bunch of car parts in the junkyard. You want the Cherry Red 57 chevy Bel air ready to go with all the working parts. These days I find myself writing less songs but better quality for sure. I use to have a 1 out of 10 success rate. Now I would say that I'm a 1 out of 3.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you usually start with when working on a new Music?

Brian James Schram:100% a lyrical hook or melody. Then build everything else around that.
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us about the selection process for deciding on what to write about,please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, information gathering and fact-checking in general?

Brian James Schram:When it comes to song writing for me I don't really decide anything. I have my memo pad ready to go at ALL times and concepts will hit me out of the blue. It remember one time I was pitching at my kickball game and I had a song idea/melody pop up. I called time out and said I had to go to the bathroom real bad. So I ran to the bathroom real quick and sang the melody into my phone so I wouldn't forget it. I've also written a lot of songs waking up from a dream. That's pretty bizzare!! I try to keep songs as true as possible with what I have in my brain not what's on the internet. It just means so much more.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you see the role of a song writer in the creative process? Should it amplify public taste, distinguish the good from the bad, inform, promote artists, or, “illuminate, educate and entertain” fans? Do you feel that, as part of your work, music needs to be explained or should it retain its “inexplicable nature”?

Brian James Schram:My Daddy once told me "Son...if a song don't make me feel nothin then its not a good". That statement has more power in it that some would understand. I think songs should take a persons heart, mind and soul through a journey of emotions. I don't think that you should ever think about public taste or anything like that. Just write the song. Any song. That other stuff gets worked out in the studio anyway.
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Country Music Explosion:Song writing has changed considerably over the past century.What,do you feel,could – or should - be new forms and formats for song writing?

Brian James Schram:Some would say that song writing has gotten better but I say it's just gotten more technical. Modern song writing has gotten so clever that if you don't have a million puns or oxymorons in one song then you are not keeping up. I think that all of that stuff is super cool and fun but we also must remember that still the most simple writing still wins the most. I'll use an example. Kane Browns "Heaven" is a song that won big time. Its littered with some of the most simple lines you'll ever hear in a song. Sometimes people don't want to have to think too hard about what a song is saying to them and I think that is the biggest challenge for songwriters nowdays. Sometimes we forget about that. I think that the format should always be just write what you are feeling in your heart and the rest will work itself out.
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Country Music Explosion:When and why did you start writing songs?

Brian James Schram:When I was playing guitar for Uncle Kracker my manager sat me down one day. He said to me "Brian you can do this for the rest of your life on big stages or you can start writing and singing your own songs but it has to start now". I chose the 2nd option and so vert glad that I did.
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Touring,Concert,Performing Q&A

Country Music Explosion:Have you been on tour?If so,what's the longest tour you have been involved in?

Brian James Schram:Yes I've been on a few. The longest I've been was 50 shows
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Country Music Explosion:What's the most gigs you do a year?

Brian James Schram:I've done about 120 gigs in a year before. I absolutely love being on the road. I told my manager one day I want to do a tour called The 300. 300 days on the road.
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Country Music Explosion:Where would you most like to perform?

Brian James Schram:DTE Energy Music Center. Grand Ole Opry. I kind of have played The Grand Ole Opry. I got backstage for Chris Jansen and there is this little room back there right near the stage. Everybody jams in that little room to warm up before getting on stage. It has instruments everywhere all over the walls and you can just choose one and jam. Man that was a fun time!!
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Country Music Explosion:Who would you most like to open for?

Brian James Schram:Oh man there's a few lol. 100% Dierks Bentley. Blake Sheldon. Brothers Osborne would be sweet. Cole Swindell, Brantley Gilbert man there a few lol.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently doing gigs?if so where?

Brian James Schram:I am mainly writing and recording right now. We have some spread out 1-off shows in the summer currently though. Nashville, New Mexico and Kansas and Michigan so far.
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Country Music Explosion:Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues?

Brian James Schram:I have performed on many small and large stages. I like then equally to be honest. There is something real special about packing a smaller club where you can closely interact with fans. But there is also something very soecial about walking onto a stage with 15k people in front of you. When I was lead guitar player for Uncle Kracker we opened up for STP at The Verizon Center in Illinois. That was my favorite big stage show. There were over 20k people there.
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us about the selection process you go through when doing a gig?or in the studio?How do you decide which song to perform or record first?

Brian James Schram:The studio is a tough one. You look at all the babies you have created over time and you have to choose the best ones for the job. In my case that means I have to get about 60 songs down to 30. Then 30 down to 15. Then really listen and choose the final 10. Choosing songs for an album just depends on what kind of album you are making. The theme, the vibe, the diversity etc. Its such a science honestly. As far as live shows I try to start a set with something pretty up beat to get some attention and then try to create that rollercoaster ride. Ill almost always but a ballad somewhere in the middle of my set.
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Country Music Explosion:Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?

Brian James Schram: I entered a Guitar Center guitar playing competition when I was 20 and became the regional champion.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV.online?

Brian James Schram: Yes I do. I done small 50 person bar shows to playing in front of thousands on a big stage. In todays music standards I truly believe that there is no stage to small nor too big for an artist to play.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you think about when your preforming?

Brian James Schram: Always, Always the song. Getting into character for every song is crazy important so that it comes off that stage in the truest form you can give the listeners
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Country Music Explosion:How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Brian James Schram: Act like it never happened or do it one more time. If its a band mistake we wait to address it after the show
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Country Music Explosion:Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Brian James Schram: Funny enough I never really got nervous before going on stage. The emotion of excitement has always engulfed me apposed to nervousness. I absolutely love being on that stage. Its my home
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Country Music Explosion:What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Brian James Schram: Find a small open mic night and go play in front of people. I don't care if it's 1 person you play in front of or 30, open mic nights allow you to get comfortable with yourself and the stage. They are a great resource to get over nervousness
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