1. What is your name and your profession(s)? BRENDAN BUCKLEY
2. What is your ethnic background and what is your citizenship (US native or naturalized etc.)? Mother = South Korean. Father = Irish-American. US Citizen (born & raised).
3. Are either/both of your parents musicians or somehow involved in the music industry? NO.
4. Please tell us a little bit about your experience, either growing up as an AAPI in America, or as a person of Asian descent who immigrated to America, whichever applies. I grew up in a very suburban part of New Jersey... middle class, with plenty of opportunities.
5. How connected do you feel to your heritage/culture(s)? Very connected. Plus, my wife is half-Japanese.
6. 6a.) How did you get into music? Did you major in music in college? Where did you attend college/university (and grad school(s), if applicable) and in what subjects did you get your degree(s)? 6b.) When and how did you decide you were going to pursue music professionally? What were your parents’ reactions to you deciding to pursue music? Do they support your music career now? I studied music in high school (New Jersey), and college at The University of Miami: Frost School of Music. I have been a professional musician since the age of 18, and my parents have always been supportive.
My parents were very supportive.
7. What are a few of your (music) projects of which you are the proudest? What were your roles on those projects? Beyond those projects, please feel free to name some of your other credits as well as any brands/companies you officially endorse.
Drummer for Shakira
Drummer for Perry Farrell
Drummer for Damien Rice
Drummer for Shelby Lynne
Endorse: DW Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Roland Electronics
8. Describe to me your dream project. Making great music with great friends for a great audience!
9. What are some obstacles you have encountered (if any) being an AAPI in the music world? What are some obstacles you have encountered (if any) as an AAPI in general (non-music)? Conversely, has being an AAPI ever helped you in the music industry? Besides the occasional Asian stereotypical joke or insult, I have not felt any obstacles due to my Asian heritage. In fact, I work with many Japanese, Taiwanese, and Chinese artists.
10. 10a.) Who are some AAPI musicians/composers/producers who have previously inspired and currently inspire you (if any)? Why?
10b.) What are your hopes for the AAPI music community and your hopes for AAPIs in general? Daita, Miyavi, Leehom Wang, JJ Lin, Jeff Chang, Jim Lee, Jeanna Chang, Kheng Long Goh, Taku Hirano, Marty Hom
11. If you could give advice now to your younger teenage self, what would you tell her/him/they? Get acquainted with the business side of music.
12. Do you have any upcoming projects for which you are excited and about which you are allowed to share? Is there anything non-music-related on the horizon about which you would like to share? I will be guest drumming on Late Night With Seth Meyers this June 7th-10th.
13. Name one or two non-music-related things/subjects about which you are also passionate. Reading Books, Practicing Martial Arts (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)
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