We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeremy Chandler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeremy, why did you pursue a creative career?
The Black Market Brigade realizes that art speaks to a deeper place within the human soul, a place many people don’t know how to express or listen to. Life is an adventure, one that can grow dark and hard when we question the meaning of it. all. With Art, music, dance, creative thought…the true essence of life is released; creation, to feel freedom within ones own body and mind. The Black Market Brigade chose Music & Art because, when all is said and done and the curtain falls on the stage of our lives…we know we did what we were meant to, to ignite the fire and dreams within ourselves and others by rocking out and making a safe space for people to feel accepted and able to be as wild and free as they want to, and The BMB has their back. We choose freedom over safety. We choose love over hate. We choose a life of artistry, and it chose us. -Chase your dreams and don’t let anything stop you –
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It’s been a long road of realization for all of us. We’ve kept original, we didn’t bow to criticism, and we’ve stayed true to our mission; to help and guide others into being themselves, not some watered down version of a cover song written by someone else. What got us on the map is practicing forever, playing live shows anywhere we could, being available at a moments notice to hit the stage, usually with little to no pay at most times, and constantly creating, and just not stopping. We learned to put our blinders on to the negative, embrace the positive and keep going, there is no stopping and there is always another mountain to climb. We want the world to know…dreams do come true, and the bridge between reality and dreams is hard work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Encinitas- we hit the beach, people watch all the eclectic (secret millionaire) hippy runoff’s, thrift shop and eat at Modern Times, get cocktails at Death by Tequila. Oceanside – get grungy, check out The Pourhouse (drink tall boy PBR’s) and Black Plague Brewing, see some live music, hit “The Plot” for dope Vegan Food (Chicken & Waffles) Connect Sd – hangout in trendy Northpark, hipster central, with some artists and take a dance class with Jess Nguyen and The BLue Print Agency. Downtown – hitting the gaslamp district is essential, first KINDRED for awesome (Vegan) food and then end up at METL Bar for Live music and Smokey Mezcal drinks to bring you into the depths of night.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The Allred family in Wyoming , The Barnett family in Texas, my crazy family all over. Don Wyatt for his late night talks. We learned what to do and what not to do by watching some people chase their dreams and other people waddling life away just wishing. Damian Keyes, you’ve been an amazing mentor and helped us burn rubber with this band, we’re forever grateful. San Diego, you’ve taken us in as your rock and roll children, and we love you for that.
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