Today on our Hot Seat we have a talented singer and inspiring songwriter Brian Buffington. He is a specializes in the art of Happy Music. For the past 20 years, he’s played all across the Southeast USA, at various venues, house shows, and youth events. His music is loved by fans of all ages and backgrounds, evoking lots of smiles and sing-a-longs at his shows.
Lets have a chat with him.
Twist Online : First of all tell us about the start of your professional career?
Brian Buffington : I started out with a loaner guitar from a cool guy at church. Bought a Mel Bay Guitar Book for beginners and learned every chord I could. This was before the Internet, so I had to figure out most things on my own. I wrote a 3-chord song called “Cheese”, sang it for my friends and they instantly LOVED it. That was enough for me to get “hooked” and I haven’t stopped since.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
Brian Buffington : It was never about the music industry, it was about making music that people enjoyed. The music industry was just part of the equation. I never thought about being a rockstar, but knew that I wanted to get my music to a larger audience.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recent release?
Brian Buffington : I just released my latest single, “The Alapaha Blues (The Catfish Dance)” in early March 2018. The song was written in a tree house, not far from where live in Northeast Georgia. I wanted to write a dance song to get people moving and laughing at my shows. Drake Kent produced and recorded the song, keeping it’s original blues-feel, and adding lots of fun and flair. It’s a big hit at my house concerts.
Twist Online : What kind of response you have received from the release?
Brian Buffington : The response so far has been awesome. Like anything you do as an independent artist, it takes WORK to get your music out. I’m currently working hard, pitching my press release to as many blogs and newspapers as possible.
Twist Online : What attracts you more, performing on stage or working in studios?
Brian Buffington : If I could perform on stage, everyday, 2-3 times a day…I would. I want to be with the people and see their faces when they hear my songs. The studio just allows me to be in front of people, when I physically can’t.
Twist Online : What’s your favorite music genre?
Brian Buffington : I would say “Geek Rock”. I’m not even sure if that makes sense or if people still use that term. When Weezer’s Blue Album came out, I LOVED the white and fun lyrics. The same goes for Presidents of the USA, Blink-182, and others. I’m not sure if Blink-182 is considered Geek Rock, but it’s just FUN. And that’s what I love writing and performing.
Twist Online : Have you set some target to achieve as a music artist?
Brian Buffington : Yes, I want to release new music for regularly…even quarterly. Back in the day, it was always about putting out an epic album, but people want fresh and new music. So, I’ll have another single coming out this Summer.
Twist Online : Are you currently working on any other project?
Brian Buffington : I’m currently working on a children’s album. The hope is to write music that kids LOVE and their parents don’t mind listening too. That’s usually not the case. I have kids and most of the kiddie music out there torments my ears.
For music and updates you can visit his website