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Interview: Brandon Schott to Host Tomorrow Night's 'Turning Toward the Sun' Concert Benefiting i[2]y

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Brandon Schott and friends will perform at tomorrow's Turning Toward the Sun event / Photo by Suzan Jones
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When LAist interviewed Brandon Schott last year, he related the story of his battle with cancer and the charity efforts that arose from his struggle. This year, he released his third album, Dandelion, which was written during the time of his diagnosis, treatment and recovery from a stage three germ cell tumor. He recorded this hope-filled album in a Glendale church over the course of three months.

Schott continues to be active in charity work, and Friday night at Molly Malone's, he and other singer/songwriters—who are also cancer survivors or advocates—will raise funds for the I'm Too Young for This! Cancer Foundation. The Turning Toward the Sun benefit will begin at 7 p.m. and will also include a silent auction, door prizes, drink specials and more. LAist caught up with Schott yesterday for a brief chat about his new album and tomorrow night's charity and outreach event.

How was the process of writing and recording Dandelion different from your previous efforts?

Dandelion will always be a one-of-a-kind record for me for a couple reasons. My other records both had long gestation periods, both in the writing and in the production. I wanted this project to be very immediate, raw, and a little rough around the edges—and more than anything, born of a moment. I've also never written and assembled an album as a direct result of a specific experience like this. The record was recorded—mostly live—over the one-year anniversary of my cancer treatment and recovery, so it was very informed by that chapter in my life.