BE Shel is definitely on the horizon of reaching celebrity status these days. We were able to catch up with BE Shel to get an exclusive interview where he touched on many topics, including his current team and his history. In this interview we go deep into the personality of this compelling artist out of California, so this will be an interesting read.
Tell us a little bit about your team ?
Oh, I have a great team and I’m very thankful for them. We have so many elements within our team such as investors, marketers, producers, engineers, and so on. We work hard everyday to bring this dream to life. We have executives on our team that have experience working for major companies such as Turner Broadcasting, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, and so on. Everyone is synchronized and in tune with the project which is extremely important. No one is taking the project off track and we constantly vibe and accept everyone’s input. This is the way a classic project develops.
Give the fans some background info as to who you are ?
I am a black male from southern California and grew up in the Los Angeles area. I am the only child and was raised by a single mother. I have only met my father twice in my life which was very hard growing up. I am very close with my family and even lived with my grandparents while my mother worked to provide for us. I consider my mother my best friend and we are extremely close. From a young age I was always entertaining my family with dancing, singing, and telling jokes. I would watch a lot of T.V. and always dream to be on T.V. one day. My mother was a huge music fan listening to R&B and Rap. Her and I would always listen to what new music was playing on 92.3 the Beat. I was not able to continue going on auditions. Throughout middle school the lack of a father was difficult which made me look at my friends as male role models. I got into a lot of trouble in school and many of fights as result of growing into a young man with no constant male role model. Being the only child, I was often alone as my mother worked. I would sit in the dark with headphones and listen to music. I loved listening to the lyrics and I use to repeat songs over and over until I was able to understand every single word the artist was rapping or singing. I then started writing lyrics of my own in high school. I let a few of my close friends hear my lyrics and to my surprise they thought they were good. I thought this was the perfect thing for me, to combine my love for music and entertaining. I then began my journey to pursue a professional career as a music artist.
What is the significance of your name?
My government name is Brandon Shelby. When I was in school Brandon was a very common name, so all my friends started calling me by my last name, Shelby. As I got older Shelby was shortened to just Shel as a nick name. I added the B and started going by “B-Shel” as my rap name. Now the name has developed into “BE-Shel”.
What sets you apart from other aspiring artist?
I feel there are many things that set me apart from other artist. The number one thing is, throughout my lyrics I show a different side to a California rapper. Most people put all rappers from California in a box as if you had to be a blood or Crip to rap. You also had to sound like Tupac, N.W.A, or Dr. Dre to be a rapper from Cali. There is a different side to California. There are kids that hangout out at the mall, play basketball, into fashion and other things. I feel that side of California would be new & refreshing to the Rap/Hip Hop community.
What is the philosophy by which you live by?
Prayer can only take you so far. At some point you have to create opportunities and work hard to achieve goals. Prayer is the icing on the cake.
Which artists have inspired you?
Lil’ Wayne, Tupac, R-Kelly, Nelly, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyonce
What is your opinion of the current state of the music industry?
I’m sad with the changes that have taken place within the music industry over the last 10yrs or so. The passion and hard work an artist puts into their music and not to mention the things that come along with being a celebrity or now diminished. With the rise of the internet it has made it almost impossible for an artist to sell their music. On the other hand it has opened up an independence avenue for many artists that do not fit the standard cookie cutter image for a major label.
If you can change one thing about the music industry what would it be and?
I would change or eliminate any way to illegally download music. I feel that is the one major thing that has changed the industry for the worse.
Are there any singers/rappers that you would like to collaborate with in the FUTURE?
Lil Wayne, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, T.I, Drake, Omarion, Neyo, Chris Brown, Tyga, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, Snoop
What producer would you like to collaborate with in the future?
Kanye West, Dj Khaled, Mike Will Made It, DJ Drama, Dj Mustard,
What is your favorite movie, TV show, and favorite book?
My favorite movie is Boomerang, My favorite TV show is Scandal and I don’t have a favorite book. I like reading about sports or adventure.
What is your favorite part of your live show? How has it evolved
I love performing live and the best part is the crowd interaction. I love dropping out the music, making the crowd scream and then putting back on the music in unison with the crowd still making noise. It is also a good feeling when you’re performing a more personal song and you can see everyone is in tune with what you are saying.
ANY WORDS FOR YOUR FANS AND CASUAL LISTENERS?
I appreciate all the constant support from fans. They are the reason I continue to push myself to be better. Anybody that’s supporting, listening, commenting, offering an opinion, or being engaged in my music is humbling for me. I hope listeners enjoy the music