Christian Leman Brown, a native of Boston, is a producer of dark and dismal electronic music.
While attending the Musician’s Institute for Vocal Performance in Los Angeles, CA as an adolescent, Leman started to develop his voice and own style, drawing inspiration from artists like Twenty One Pilots, Eminem and Imagine Dragons.
He blends together captivating vocal melodies, rhythmic rhyming, and socially-conscious wordplay over cinematic and techno noises.
What is your real name?
Christian Leman Brown
What’s your official Showbiz name?
How did you get into music?
I always enjoyed singing in the car as a teenager right when I got my license but I wasn’t very good. At 18, senior year of high school, my friend asked me to join the school band and do a talent show and I decided to give it a shot and received good feedback for having no training.
At 19, I moved across the country to Hollywood, CA to get a degree in Vocal Performance and pursue music.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
I would say my music falls under the overall umbrella of pop music but I have so many influences that I love to genre surf in many songs or combine several genres into my production and vocals including alternative rock, hip hop, punk, and indie rock, synth-pop, and more.
At the core of my songs, I aim to have the vocal shine through the lyrics, melody, and chorus and let the product support that as much as possible. A lot of my music does tend to be on the darker side in production and lyrically, to me that just seems to pour out of me easier.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
I started producing music around ten years ago but I was not near as serious about it as my vocal training until about two years ago.
In 2020, I started producing more seriously and decided I wanted to finally write, produce, and mix an album completely on my own. Over about a year and a half, I finished my self entitled album “Leman” and released it in May 2021.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
To be blunt, since I started creating music more seriously it has given me a purpose to live and push myself to get better constantly.
The desire to get recognition and get as good as the competition out there pushes me every day to keep creating in this tough, oversaturated industry.
Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
Eminem was my first big musical influence. When I was around 8 I listened to the Eminem show over and over again and his lyricism, flows, and true emotion and vulnerability always captured me. However, perhaps my greatest musical influence is Twenty One Pilots.
When I first heard “Holding On To You” I instantly knew that genre was the closest to what I wanted to express. When I first heard Tyler Joseph’s rapping and screams, I had to take my vocals to the next level to be that versatile.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
Honestly, one thing I have learned the most is that you cannot rely on anyone in the music industry. There are just so many people looking to make money, take the fast route, and not put in the time. So I decided to learn and keep learning as much as I can so I can wear different hats as a vocalist, songwriter, producer, engineer, and businessman.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
I think the biggest challenge today is being heard by a large audience. Today, with technology it is so easy to make music but so hard for your music to be heard or considered with such a huge saturation of artists.
Years ago you couldn’t just record an album in your bedroom, you needed to go to a studio and pay a lot of money, now anyone can release music on Spotify whenever they like.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
I think this goes hand in hand with the last question. The internet is a great tool for spreading music, but because it is so easy to upload whatever you want, just like the industry the internet is very saturated and also plummeted CD/record sales.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Go out of your comfort zone and do it now. For a long time, I was self-conscious about hearing my own voice when recording or trying ideas that might sound stupid or uninteresting.
All of these negative thoughts just hold you back from being the best, most creative being you can be. Let yourself be vulnerable and not so serious, and let your ideas flow out of you without instantly judging them before they form.
What is your current project about?
Over The Moon discusses topics that I am constantly reevaluating and forming my opinions on including mental health, family, love, and self-introspection.
For many songs on the album, I channelled different versions of myself at different stages of my life and tried to write through that version of me, or almost create a character of who I could have been if I had made different life decisions.
What are your hobbies?
My main hobbies are fitness, cooking, and movies.
What do you do aside from this profession?
I mainly teach piano and voice, in my free time I am either working on music or exercising.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
To anyone who has listened to even one of the songs one time, I truly appreciate it. You are constantly spammed with advertisements and social media posts so to take the time to click on my music means the world to me!