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Daily Inspiration: Meet Brandon Lackey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brandon Lackey.

Hi Brandon, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
At 17, I fell in love with producing/recording Hip Hop and dreamed of leaving rural Harford County to become a part of the Baltimore Hip Hop scene. After finishing College, I moved to Baltimore and went to every Hip Hop show I could find to network & build relationships. I opened a small studio to create with artists & build a local portfolio of work. At relatively the same time started a career in education ultimately teaching middle & high school here in Baltimore City.

After years of hard work, I was invited back to Towson University to teach Audio Engineering. At this point, I made the studio private add started a record label called Mania Music Group with partner & mentor Dwayne Lawson. Through a ton of hard work, we made a lot of noise locally and nationally until we amicably parted ways around 2015.

Around 2016 I opened Lineup Room Recording Studios to offer artist development, recording, mixing & mastering services to clients. I also started an open mic event for producers & MC’s called Bmore BeatClub which brought a lot of press, performed twice at Artscape and was sponsored by Red Bull.

Lineup Room continued to grow in size as did my passion for education & music. In 2020 artist/publicist – MC Bravado (Rich Croce) and I created Label Necklace, a record label that would focus on Hip Hop releases and draw attention to programs that use Hip Hop as an educational tool. So far, we’ve had successful music releases & toured nationally while fundraising/gaining national press for the Beats Not Bullets youth program here in Baltimore. Nationally we have organized both a SXSW Music Showcase & SXSW EDU Panel highlighting Label Necklace & other Hip Hop creatives who are involved in education/the youth programs they work with.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth ride at all but learning to live with uncertainty and having a supportive partner in life make it easier. When you stop failing you’re not learning. Sometimes the big bumps in the road are just tall enough to help you get back on the horse.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a business owner, promoter and mix engineer. I’m most proud of the work I have done with the youth & creatives of Baltimore. I like to think that the amount of heart I put into everything sets me apart from others. It’s about being of service. My events are positive, fun and provide genuine opportunity to the community. My label brings much needed positive attention to Baltimore. My studio focuses on delivering great quality but most importantly providing a safe, nurturing environment for artists to create in.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
For studio & events folks can reach me at lineuproom@gmail.com or Lineup Room on any social media platform.

For Label Necklace, I can be reached at labelnecklace@gmail.com.

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Mike John Jimmie Thomas Wendel Patrick Josh Flynn

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