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Get To Know – Brendan Pugh

SCMG – Who are the members of your band?

The members of my band are the following: Myself: Guitar and Vocals, Dan Gentile: Drums and Backing Vocals, and Ryland Underwood: Basss.

SCMG – What genre do you consider yourself?

I consider myself a pop artist, though I do have a lot of blues and rock influences that can be heard in the upcoming EP album “Here I Stand”. I am also a singer-songwriter, but when I play in the band it is most definitely blues-oriented pop.

SCMG – What was your biggest accomplishment in 2017?

My biggest accomplishment in 2017 was the release of one of my latest singles. “Taste Your Kiss” was selected for a couple publishing opportunities that are still in the works. This song also gained me the most attention on Spotify than ever before, currently close to 20,000 streams. It is only a start, but to me it is so rewarding to see people across the world listening to my music.

SCMG – What are your plans for 2018?

My plans for 2018 are to release my new EP “Here I Stand” recorded at Hybrid Audio Solutions in West Ashley, with producers Alan Price and Scott Gould. These gentlemen were amazing in their contributions to the completion of this project. 2018 is also a year I hope to have the opportunities of more publishing contracts, as well as a songwriting deal with a label.

SCMG – Where and when can we find you?

You can find me online at and across all social media sites. Recently I have been emphasizing to find me on Spotify under the artist name “Brendan John Pugh”. I am an active duty Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, and will be leaving Charleston and South Carolina in a few short months. My last few shows in Charleston will include the Tin Roof “Building The Band” local talent series of shows. My blues trio plays on February 6th, at 9:15 PM. I am still logistically planning an EP release show in late March / early April, so that update can be found on my social media sites when posted.

SCMG – Who would you consider your biggest local influence?

My biggest local influence would have to be Tyler Boone. Seriously, this dude does it all. I have mad respect for this aspiring and persistent artist. Although we have only met on a few occasions, I consider him a mentor to look up to. Shoutout to Tyler Boone!

SCMG – What would they say about you?

Tyler would most likely say that I have a unique sound, and since I’ve been humble through my actions to seek help from different resources and team members to begin promoting my music career, that I have the right mindset. I believe he would think I have what it takes to keep chasing the dream.

SCMG – Who would you like to work with but haven’t yet had the chance?

I would love to work with the gentlemen in Human Resources. I’ve met a couple of their members on a few occasions, and know that my clean guitar sounds would love to collaborate with their style.

SCMG – What are your favorite albums of all time from any musician?

Although this might seem rather limited, every album by John Mayer. John is the man. Through the years, each album he puts out shapes my writing in some way.

SCMG – If you could meet any of your favorite musicians, who would you choose and why?

Lastly, I would choose John Mayer to collaborate/play with as a musician. This guy created his music world out of nothing. He truly is an amazing songwriter, musician and producer. I know songs are supposed to be relatable to a big audience, but his writing seems like it is directed at each individual listener. Shoutout to John Mayer. He rocks.


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