January 6, 2019
coast recording artist Brian Kroll became aware of a
terrifying fact a few years back, completely dreading the
fact that people were texting and driving and putting him
and everyone else in a constant state of danger and peril.
Kroll decided to do something about it. That is where his
“Death By Texting” song comes into play. Kroll took it a
step further and created an animated video to send out to as
many outlets he could to play this long form public service
announcement. "I realized that every person texting and
driving might think the other driver will see them, 'In car
'A' they didn't see, I was the guy driving in car 'B', he
Kroll is based in Oceanside, New York and has used the
recording moniker 'My Son The Bum' since 2007, but has
shifted his focus towards making videos that have been used
by several media outlets like MGM Casinos, Shopping Malls
and Time Warner in Upstate New York.
He is a songwriter who doesn't sing. He is also a guitarist,
a man who in his own words "thinks too much." Brian went
from wanting to be in a band to recording 5 albums with a
core of studio musicians, thus ‘My Son The Bum’ came to be.
He says finding fellow musicians to share his visions and
musical goals seemed to work better in a recording studio
He has been giving the label "Studio head' due to his
penchant for immediately returning to the studio to record
more songs after the completion of each of his CDs.
He notes that "no two songs sound exactly alike on any of
the CD's." His love of taking risks and experimenting make
it a challenge of finding the right people to perform those
songs live with.
Kroll has always been about the song and all of his songs
are inspired by real life experiences. For example, one of
the songs off his latest album, 'Death By Texting' was
inspired while he was walking out of a hospital. "I
witnessed a woman in a business suit walking out of the
emergency room exit. She was texting at the same time. The
hospital was on a one way street and only the locals knew
that. I heard the lyrics in my head 'see her walking down
the street, the new brand of road kill meat . .
.she should have seen it coming, death by texting'. " Other
songs, such as 'Follow me, Like Me' was taken from a
recording off a cell phone and takes a jab at the social
media trend. As Brian points out, "Social media, at times,
feels to me like a stadium of people standing up and
screaming 'look at me'."
Brian's knack for producing recordings doesn't end there. He
also puts out animated videos for some of the recordings,
which can be found on YouTube. "I have always felt that, for
me, the world didn't need another guitar band standing on
stage, wielding their guitars,” he says. “I was always about
the song. If I was going to have videos done, they had to be
special. I wanted the videos to be an art form of their
Referring to Brian's songs as Public Service Announcements
may be unjustified and just plain wrong but they do get the
message across, touching on issues that affect us all,
especially in today's hectic, fast paced, digitized world.
As Brian says: "When writing, I believe that if I stay with
my subjective experiences, I have a better chance of
connecting universally with others on whatever level I am
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