Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with BrazenFlow to find out more about him…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
From Finsbury Park, North London. I got into music at 15 years old. I started at a government funded project called Shed Music in Camden. Once that was disbanded, I sought after my own studio time.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Musical influences when growing up - Kanye West and 2Pac. Musical influences now - Wiley, Kendrick Lamar, Wizkid.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say my sound is a fusion of Neo- Soul, Hip Hop, Rap and Afrobeats with a dancehall twist.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is called 'Veni, Vidi, Vici' It's Latin and it means 'I came, I saw, I conquered'. At this moment in time, I feel like Alexander the Great or Julius Caesar. I feel as though my time will soon come and when it does, it'll be undeniable. So the song is just pure motivation, to keep grinding; even though it's not here yet, the fruits of our labour will soon be here.
What’s your local music scene like?
My local music scene is quite vibrant from the up and coming artists from my borough to the various performances and events that take place in my borough i.e. Wireless.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
More singles, possibly a project (EP or Album) as well as more bookings (performance shows).
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Once I tried my hand at Battle Rapping, I managed to freeze and embarrass myself during my rap. Gfrsh, Donaeo, and A Dot from BBC were judging. I did manage to get some good advice from Donaeo which I carry today; 'Before anyone sees you as great, you have to see yourself in that light'.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I almost got a football trial at Tottenham Hotspur; who knows I would've been playing in the prem instead of making music.