Brandon “Taz” Niederauer: A Minor with a Major Future

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AAJ: I was watching a session you did for Paste Magazine on YouTube, and I was surprised by your singing. Have you worked with a vocal coach?

BN: I don't really work with a vocal coach right now. I don't say I'm a good singer, but I like to sing. Broadway definitely helped that, but the last two years I've been going through a voice change (Brandon now has a deep voice) and it's really hurt my vocals.

The Paste Session was right before the voice change, so that was probably pretty good. My voice was probably much higher, but my voice is finally starting to come back and it's settling down. But anyway, yes I love to sing just as much as I love to play guitar.

And the way you can interact with the human voice to the audience, like hearing words, it's electric how that conversation happens when I say or sing words to the audience, and they hear it and connect to the song. That's the quickest way that it can happen, through a vocalist connecting with an audience like that. It's really cool and I'll always want to sing with my band. I love it, to be honest.

AAJ: Will you be going to college after high school, have you made a decision yet?

BN: I don't know yet, but I definitely want a degree. I've wanted a degree in business since I was five years old. That's the way that my dad and my brother went, and I'm super into business. I'll definitely go into business, but I don't know if I'll go to college right away. I don't know if I'm going to do online college, but I'm getting a degree, I'll tell you that much. I've always done well in school, so I would have the option if I wanted to go to college, I could go to a good college. We'll see what happens.

AAJ: Well Brandon, I've kept you about an hour, is there anything I didn't ask that you'd like to get out there?

BN: No, I think you covered pretty much everything from start to finish, thanks so much for the questions and for keeping it interesting.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of tazguitar.com

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