We recently caught up with Miami-based artist Brika at School Night. Her captivating vocals and eclectic, R&B-infused beats landed her on our watch list the instant we heard her single "Expectations" (take a listen below if you haven't already.) When she stopped to play at It's A School Night, we went behind the scenes and spoke with her about growing up in Miami and her upcoming music. Read on below for our interview.
How would you best describe your sound?
My sound can be best described as alternative pop-ish. It's honest, spontaneous, and a little dark.
How did growing up in Miami shape you and your musical taste?
I think Miami shaped me musically because it's really diverse. A lot of people don't know this but Miami is a melting pot of like, 70% Cubans, so they have a huge Latin influence on Miami. So I was exposed to salsa, meringue, and everything that a lot of people in America don't really get to hear as much. And I guess, subconsciously, that made me a little more open minded to other types of music.
Who would you say is your favorite artist right now?
I love Bon Iver. I would die to do something with him.
What do you want people to experience when they listen to your music?
I want people to have a similar feeling to when I listen to Bon Iver. You have a moment with yourself where you realize things and come to conclusions and analyze your surroundings and what your life is.
What new projects do you have coming up?
Just touring and trying to get my music out there as much as possible. For School Night we're performing a new song that we'll be releasing soon, and a lot of new material we'll be bringing out. We'll be releasing a cover very soon too.