Brandon Kinder is more than just host of the show Earth Tones, airing at 4 a.m. and p.m. CT daily. He’s a Memphis native and a musician. Offer up requests or let Brandon know if you enjoy his show by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org. And now take a moment to get to know more about one of our awesome VJs.
Tell us a bit about the show Earth Tones and why viewers should tune in.
If you like string bands and tapping your toes to some guitars and banjos, this is the place to do it. We’ve got all the latest as well as the greatest bands and artists making bluegrass music, and we’re constantly finding new artists to check out.
Do you have any special moments that stick out about the show or simply in your time as a DittyTV VJ?
The whole team is super fun to work with. I had a lot of fun interviewing bands down at SXSW a couple years back. You really just never know what’s going to happen from day to day. Sometimes, you’re in in the studio reading from a teleprompter and the next day you’re in a warehouse where they used to make Elvis’s suits.
In addition to being a VJ, you’re also a musician. Tell us about
I actually have two projects. The Rocketboys is an indie rock band I started in college that has toured the country more times than I can count and had the pleasure to go overseas numerous times as well. I sing and am one of the two main songwriters. It’s been a crazy ride with those guys. I’ve gotten to do so many of the things I dreamt about as a kid. Then there’s The Wealthy West, which is a side project I started a few years back that’s more in the Americana/singer-songwriter vein. It’s been a lot of fun getting to express myself in both unique ways, sometimes having the two projects can be a lot to handle, though.
What are some current musical projects you have ongoing and where can we see you perform?
I’m not touring as much as I used to but I do still have some stuff going on. The Rocketboys are playing a festival in Florida in May, The Wealthy West is playing a couple shows around Memphis in the next couple months, and then also, some festivals in the summer (that I can’t announce yet). And I’m also heading to Germany again this fall with The Rocketboys.
What do you do when you just want to catch your breath or have fun?
You know, I haven’t had a hobby in a long time. Any ideas?
(Editor’s note: Crocheting)
You were raised in Memphis then lived in Texas for a while and have been back in Memphis a few years. What changed about the city in your time away?
I was in Texas for about 15 years, so that is a ton of time for a city to change and grow. I saw it happen in real time in Austin (where I was living), but it’s been cool to come back to see Memphis as a rejuvenated, artful city. A lot of cool stuff is happening, and I’m proud to get to be a part of it.
What excites you most about the future of DittyTV?
I just think music videos aren’t going away, so its great to have a home base for bands to showcase themselves. Ditty is determined to discover and present great new bands to music lovers. Kind of a lost art if you ask me. I think the Ditty folk are doing a killer job of keeping that dream alive!
If you had the opportunity to perform with any music artist alive today, who would it be and why?
Hmm, so many great ones. I think one of my favorite shows ever was Stevie Wonder at Austin City Limits several years back. It’d be amazing to just be nearby while he’s making noise.