Busy (musician)

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Background information
Birth nameBrad Johnson
Born (1984-03-22) March 22, 1984 (age 35)
Washington, DC, U.S.
Genreselectronic music
Occupation(s)electronic musician, music producer
Years activesince 2002
LabelsTasteful Licks Records
Associated actsMono/Poly

Bradford Keith Johnson, Jr. (born March 22, 1984) is an electronic musician from Maryland known by the stage name Busy.

Personal life[edit]

Busy was born as Bradford Keith Johnson, Jr. on March 22, 1984 in Washington, D.C. but grew up in Maryland. His parents were also musically inclined with his mom singing and his dad playing bass guitar, so he was exposed to music early in his life. At age ten, Brad began playing the alto saxophone in his school band and continued to do so throughout his high school career.


After graduation from Gonzaga College High School, Brad attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging Science but had also minored in Marketing and his true passion, Music. During high school and primarily in college, Brad began experimenting with creating beats and instrumentals. He started crafting beats for vocalists to utilize, but put a stronger focus on creating music that did not necessarily have to be accompanied by vocal talent.

Inspired by a variety of styles from different artists including Steely Dan, Radiohead, Outkast, Incubus, A Tribe Called Quest, Timbaland, and Stevie Wonder, Busy’s music expresses his interest in the world around him. Other artists and his parents influenced his passion in music but it is the world – oceans, cosmos, and even quantum physics – that helps Busy to create a unique sound in his music.


In 2008, he released a track, "Light Curtain", on a compilation entitled New Worlds and has been working on full length projects since then, releasing his first EP, M0ths recently in 2010.[1]

He is also working on a collaboration project with Mono/Poly called Submerged.[2]


Appears on[edit]

Year Album Song Label
2010 Reggie B - The Traveler She Knows Innatesounds Records
2009 Jay Scarlett & Onur Engin Present: Maverick Sessions One Bethink UBeat Records
2009 Cinnaman & Jay Scarlett Present.. - Beat Dimensions Vol. 2 Ecliptic Armilla Rush Hour
2008 Circulations and Jay Scarlett present: New Worlds Light Curtain Circulations
2008 Teisha Marie - Addicted to Life Unscripted Teisha Marie


Year Artist Album Label
2011 Busy uInverse Remedy TLR
2010 Busy M0ths EP Circulations
2008 Busy Raid / Light Curtain (7") Circulations


Year Album Song Label
2010 Sarah White - Hiding Blind Fade (Busy Remix) Indie
2010 DevonWho - Thumbtracks Remixes Vol. 1 Spaghettiisland (Busy Twist) Klipmode
2009 Favorite Flava - Different Phase So Cruel (Busy Remix) UBeat Records


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