Peter Brando – The Musician

Sharing his most personal thoughts through his original compositions, Peter is a musician from Argentina to keep your eye and ear out for. Check his story out below.


Say hello to Peter:

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Where are you from?  Where have you been?

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lived in beautiful cities like Santa Fe and Córdoba. Been to the US, France, and Italy.


What’s your favorite place in the world?

Paris. It has this magical energy that makes your heart beat stronger and your eyes shine. The whole city is like an open sky museum where you can learn and feel important.

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What sparked your interest in music?

I would say my parents, music itself, and my creative side. My mother and father listened to really good music. As a child, I would spend hours playing games with them and listening to The Beatles, Norah Jones, Bryan Adams, and many other amazing musicians from all over the world, as well as seeing my dad play the guitar. Music is vibration – I guess that I was (and I am) very sensitive to that, so I got to feel it in a special way. When I talk about my creative side, I refer to that universe inside of me that is not visible, that energy that can travel around the world, not caring about space and time. I am lucky to be sensitive and a dreamer. I got started in singing when I was a little kid – loved watching Disney movies and singing the songs as if I were a character. Also, I was part of the church’s choir. Wrote my first song when I was 12 – I wrote it for Emma Watson (yes, for her, I was like in love or something). Growing up made things more professional, and I started taking singing lessons and writing songs with deep meaning and amazing music.


How do you find your inspiration when you’re composing?

I find it in my experiences. Most of my songs are the result of saying to myself, “Well Peter, what’s going on with you? Just sit and let your heart speak.” Sometimes, it takes a lot of time; sometimes, just five minutes. A few minutes ago, I grabbed a paper and a pen and wrote “I’ve been fighting for a long time seeing shadows in the wrong side.” I just felt I needed to express that. My favourite songs were written in short periods of time and have the deepest meanings.


Who are your musical role models?

I can’t say there is someone I want to be like. I admire many musicians like Lana del Rey, Nina Simone, Freddie Mercury, Johnny Cash, Madonna, and Norah Jones.


How would you describe your musical style?

Very personal. I would say folk, alternative, or indie (would love to create a new style).


Besides the guitar, do you play any other instruments?

Sadly, no.


Do you have any projects you’d like to show off?

Sure, I plan to record the best album of the decade, win a Grammy, and in twenty years, become president.


What was the moment you decided to fully pursue a career as a musician?

When I literally stood up and said, “this is what I love and what I want to do for the rest of my life.” It was time for me to be a real professional. At the beginning, singing and playing the guitar was a hobby and it was ok, but time passed by and I was not just a guy singing in bars.


Do you get nervous with live performances?

I do – I could write a book about that, but I know that as time goes by, that book will end up being a small paper. Love fighting monsters.

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When collaborating with photographers, what is the best thing they can do to bring out your personality?

Hard one. Based on my experience, I feel good when they’re kind and relaxed. I feed off the energy and atmosphere, and I can’t imagine that that would be an easy task for them.

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What was your most memorable photoshoot?

A shoot from last year in Paris. It’s memorable because I worked with Paco Rabanne’s team and the fact that IT WAS PARIS. The firm chose me to record an album to promote a fragrance called Black XS with amazing singers from Europe. Nicolas Arcay Bermejo was the photographer, we had an amazing time – I got wild.


What factors do you consider when deciding upon a photographer to collaborate with?

In cases where I have to make the decision, I am easygoing – simply, if you are professional and have a good camera, you qualify.

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Credit: Nicolas Arcay Bermejo aka Gallagan

What are your top three tips for aspiring musicians?

Work hard, trust in yourself, connect with the people you love (you can learn a lot from them).


Who’s your biggest hero in your life?

I have to say that I have two heroes – my mother and father. They taught me a lot of values, worked hard to give me everything I needed, and encouraged me to improve myself. In part, I am who I am because of them, and I could not be more thankful.


What’s one of your biggest fears?

Rejection.


What’s something nobody knows about you that you’d like to share?

All my specific plans to survive a zombie apocalypse.


Who do you want to give a shoutout to?

My fears.


What do you think is your best feature?

Strength.


If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Credit: Paco Rabanne

What are your biggest struggles? 

I think my biggest struggle was (and still is) my ego – that part of me that tries to keep me in the “right, good, and comfort” zone. Fears and lack of confidence messed with me many times, until I decided to put a stop to them.


What is the most life-changing event that you’ve experienced?

I took a coaching course that made me see many things I was ignoring. Decided to change my life and start shining like the star I am.


What’s your greatest failure, and how did you overcome it?

My plans to move to the US in 2011 got ruined. I applied to a university, got accepted, but it was too expensive so I had to stay. It took time for me to decide what to do here in Argentina, because by that time, I was not working professionally on music. However, with the help of family and friends, I kept moving and doing amazing things. Now that I look back and see everything I’ve done in my beautiful country, I think staying here was the best thing that happened to me.


What’s your greatest achievement, and how has it shaped you?

I think everything I am doing now is a great achievement. I find myself doing things I never thought I would ever do. This shapes me in the best way and makes me go for more and overcome fears and insecurities.


Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?

Living abroad (still don’t know where) in a huge and beautiful house with a big smile on my face and a guitar in my hand.


For anyone that wants to get in touch with Peter, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile

Facebook: Profile

Instagram: @peterbrando

Soundcloud: Profile

YouTube: Channel


PB, thanks for sharing your story with us! 🙂

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