Artist Brandon “Psycosis” Hiltzman Gives An Insight Into His Rollercoaster Life

Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you?

I’m a guy that can sing, scream, play strings, drum, rap, produce and a lot of other things. Also if the tour bus breaks down, I’m a mechanic. And if the hotel bathroom sink is broken, I’m a plumber. Pretty much anything you got that is not rockets or people, I can fix.

I also don’t just work out. I train in CrossFit for a hunter’s form so I stay true to my nature as a beast. I think there’s a lot of BS and sadness in the world, and music is an incredible way to reach people. I feel if I do my best in being the best I can be, I’ll be able to help so many more.

What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?

I’m not an artist, I’m a ‘humanist’. I’m a ‘meatsack’ trying to survive. Take my hand, we’ll survive together, friend. We can do anything.

My artist name is Psycosis because my brain thinks differently – at least that’s what I’ve been told. I was diagnosed with epilepsy at the young age of 2. My social skills were less than satisfactory and because of my understanding of symmetry and patterns so young, they said I might become a psychopath. But I didn’t.

Turns out I became the most human I could be – so much so that it betrays me. I know there are people hurt, hungry, and lost. I was there. It’s not a permanent place. And I just want to help.

Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.

Both my parents were in prison on my 15th birthday and I was living at the home by myself. Luckily my family owned the house, so I only had to worry about food for three months. Had no idea rent was a thing then. The house was 80 years old and on the outskirts of town with no neighbors and a gas station a quarter mile down the highway.

When I was in that gas station, stealing for the first time out of starvation, I wondered if anyone else had to do this too. Nobody I’ve ever known has had to. I promised my 14-year-old self I’ll do everything I can to be stronger, for myself and everyone. I found a voice through music and found humanity in strength.

What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?

Everything. We were poor so I didnt go to college. Right off the rip, I had a knowledge barrier. I was at a loss from the get-go because, in high school, I was treated like a mental student by the staff because my epilepsy medication had me so off that nobody wanted to deal with me.

I wasn’t mental, I was just an angry little boy on Adderall. They gave me IQ tests cause one teacher was like, “Hey, he’s actually smart, and here’s the proof.” Even when I finished school there was no job for me.

My first job was at a Sonic because my mom had gotten out of prison and got a job there, and talked the guy into hiring me at 15. I missed my weekends and quit. Became a young dad at 19 with an 18-year-old. Also, adding that I’m STILL EPILEPTIC and I’m STILL having seizures WHILE, learning music, paying bills, raising kids, fighting with crazy people, and trying to survive in this crazy world.

Fortunately, I am here. I have overcome all obstacles and I’m finally able to pave a path for others. I’ve earned my wisdom through my struggles and I yearn to share it with everyone tryna hear it.

Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business? Why these specific individuals?

Honestly, I don’t even know. If I’d got to meet Techn9ne that’d be pretty cool. He’s an unmatched musician who has incredible networking skills.

James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett, only to gain a closer insight into guitar work and rock music altogether.

Then probably Eminem to learn to better understand his views of writing lyrics.

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