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Art & Life with Timothy Brammer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Timothy Brammer.

Timothy, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I go by the artist name “Jay Mint.” I am a hip hop dancer, rapper, producer, and entrepreneur. I first got into music by learning how to play the violin and trumpet from 2006-2008. I started dancing in the summer of 2008 when a group of my friends showed me what breakdancing was, which is actually known as “b-boying.” I got inspiration from the popular tv show “America’s Best Dance Crew” where I was introduced to my favorite dance crews such as the “Jabbawockeez,” and “Quest Crew” who I have had the honor of being trained under. I am currently a troupe member of a dance troupe called “Culture Shock San Diego” under the direction of Sean Memije and have been on the team since 2013. Culture Shock is pretty much my second home, where I spend a lot of my time training and taking classes. I also teach Youth Breaking Level 1 Ages 5-6 at Culture Shock Dance Center and level 1 and 2 breaking classes at The Origin Hip Hop Performing Arts Studio in El Cajon. I am the founder of Mint Clothing Line, and I also run my own custom T-shirt business to help other local artists build their brands.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I love music and dance; they go hand in hand together. I started b-boying at a young age and have been ever since. I take dances classes at Culture Shock Dance Center when I can, but I also spend a lot of time practicing and choreographing to music that I feel that I can relate to. I continue to dance because it’s an escape, and it allows me to express myself through movement. I started making music when I was introduced to a recording software called mix craft in 2010 and ended up recording my very first song on a laptop mic. I didn’t start to get serious about my music until this year when I decided to come out with an official music video for one of my latest singles “Love Sick” back in January. I plan on releasing another single called “I don’t understand” real soon, so be sure to check that out. I’m currently working on my first EP as well that’s going to be titled “Misunderstood” which I plan on releasing on my birthday, on August 2nd. I’m super excited about this project because I’ve been working really hard on it for a few months now, and I can’t wait to share the world my story. I hope this inspires people to want to create something amazing for themselves! I care about my artwork, and I like to keep it genuine when I’m choreographing, or when I’m writing a song with the experiences I’ve had in life.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
Success to me is when you’ve hit rock bottom, but you’re able to pick yourself up from that and still give it your all. As an artist, you have to be willing to take the risk, fail, learn, and keep going, and that’s when you will find success. I can say I’ve had a good amount of success throughout my years, but that’s only because I’ve had to give up a lot of things that didn’t help me in my journey. I had to face many failures before I had success, its all about the process!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Through social media! I’m more active on Instagram.

If people want to support my work, then they can follow me on Instagram and keep up to date on when I launch merch! and by subscribing to my Youtube channel

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