Fighting Through Distractions: An interview with Marmoset Artist, Jeffrey Brodsky

Field Notes Interview #49: Jeffrey Brodsky, Marmoset Artist

There's only room for good feelings in Jeffrey Brodsky's music. His electronic compositions are filled with hope and shimmering light -- always keeping things upbeat. While he's not on the road with YACHT, he's busy writing in his home in Los Angeles while remixing and redefining the songs of other artists.

As a working musician, finding a routine can be a tough task, yet possible, and Brodsky is living proof. What drives him from point A to point B is guided by his practice of discipline and always having a deadline to push him to the next point.

Jeffrey's track "Starving Artist" was licensed in filmmaker, Jevan Chowdhury's film Moving London (Remix). The soundtrack gave the perfect playful and frenetic feel of the urban setting within the film. We caught up with Jeffrey about his life as a working-class artist and how he balances time with his craft and taking care of himself.

M: When did you start writing music?

JB: I've been writing tunes since the early days of free PC .WAV editors. Manipulating sounds and making mashups and hip hop beats on a PC I bought with Bar Mitzvah money. Also, I've been playing drums in bands since middle school. 

M: What does the day in the life of a working musician look like?

JB: Between touring with two bands, working on my own music projects, scoring commercials, and producing with other people I stay quite busy! When I'm not on the road I'm usually at home in my studio in LA trying to stay productive with my own musical endeavors, or I'm frantically working towards some deadline late into the night. And I'm always fighting the tendency to get distracted by the Internet. I work well with deadlines. If forces me to get creative and complete a project. Open ended or self-imposed deadlines haunt my nightmares.

M: What role do you feel music has in film?

JB: An essential one.

M: How do you feel your song complimented Moving Cities London?

JB: They look and sound great together. The heavy, almost-brutal vibe of the song nicely compliments the black and white footage nicely. I also like how the camera pans side-to-side in this elegant way that contrasts nicely with the skittering hi-hats.

M: What are you excited about for the future?

JB: I'm working on a lot of projects, collaborations, remixes, short film work, and my own solo endeavors. Right now I'm setting up my home studio to accommodate a new custom-built drum kit I got from the good folks at C&C drums. Also a friend recently tipped me off to an IKEA closet shoe rack system that works great for rigging up synths in small studios, so it's starting to look real nice in my setup!