We had the good fortune of connecting with Morell Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Morell, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Growing up, I’ve always wanted to be a singer. But, I didn’t have the resources to promote myself or pay for recording services. When I was in a very dark place in my life and considered leaving music entirely, I was contacted by a mutual friend who was adamant about me recording a demo for his colleague. I wasn’t given much information and I was hesitant about doing it. However, after contemplating the decision for days, I agreed to record the demo. The demo ended up being submitted to Revealed Recordings which is an international EDM label. I didn’t know what to expect as I’ve never done EDM music in the past and wasn’t sure how my fans would react. This huge risk catapulted where I am today with being a multi-signed international recording artist. I’m so happy to have made those decisions because I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for that first demo!
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.
Being a POC that is a part of the LGBTQ+ community is really what sets me apart from others in the EDM genre. I’m able to be my unapologetic self when I perform my music and I think my fans can relate to that. I’m most proud of my drive and perseverance, because if I didn’t push myself, I would not have had the opportunities I’ve had throughout the years.
Getting to this place in my career was not easy at all. I grew up in a small town in New York and being one of the only openly gay athletes was tough. I decided to turn that into an advantage by making sure that everyone knew that I’m proud being who I am.
I want the world to know that it doesn’t matter what anyone says to you or about you, all that matters is what makes you happy. If you want to take that leap of faith but you’re scared, do it anyway. Otherwise you’ll always wonder what could’ve happened! It’s a great learning experience and you find out so much about yourself that you didn’t even know.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If you like great atmosphere and insane drinks, then you definitely need to go to Hillcrest! Hillcrest has amazing bars, amazing people, amazing food, and it is just a great vibe to be around! They also have amazing music as well! Flicks and Rich’s are probably a few of the best bars I’ve ever been to!
If you’re more of a beach person or hiker, head over to Torrey Pines Park, they have an amazing beach! Just make sure you’re prepared to climb up and down 4,000ft of mountain to get there (because I wasn’t)!
The best thing about San Diego, are the views. Anywhere you see a cliff, just stay there until the sun starts to set and it’s the most magical, empowering experience you will have in your entire life. Overall, San Diego has a little something for everyone!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people who I would need to thank who have gotten me to this point in my career. I absolutely cannot go through the interview without saying thank you to all of my friends, family, and most importantly; my fans— for supporting me for the past 10 years. It’s been an absolute honour to have recorded and perform for all of you!
Finally, I would like to recognise the LGBTQ+ community as they are a big reason why I do what I do. It’s an amazing feeling when you have a community behind you, supporting your career!