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Meet Bri Beats

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bri Beats.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Ever since I can remember music has always given me this indescribable feeling. Some of my earliest memories are of my dad playing The Manhattans throughout our house in Kentucky. I don’t know how I remember that since I was just a baby, but it’s an extremely vivid memory. The next memory I have of music is repeatedly watching the movie Dangerous Minds with my sister and vibing so hard when Coolio’s “Gangstas Paradise” started playing. Something about that beat just instantly hooked me. Still to this day my favorite hip hop song of all time! Around the same time I started getting more into hip hop, my parents decided to move us to Florida. I was not happy about it because I was very close with my family. I had a lot of cousins my age and didn’t want to be that far from them. Moving to Florida was really hard for me, but things got harder when I started struggling with my sexuality. For me thats when music became so important in my life. It was my escape from the world, and I just buried myself in it. The Slim Shady LP really changed my life. I knew I liked hip hop, but that album made me fall in love with it. I started listening to anything hip hop that I could get my hands on. I was always locked in my room with some project I decided to put together. Whether it was drawing pictures of my favorite artist, learning to DJ, or writing songs, it was always influenced by hip hop.

I never really planned on turning anything to do with hip hop into a career though. Unfortunately, I feel our school system fails kids in that aspect of life. They teach us that going to college is the only way to succeed rather than teaching us that if we work hard enough, we can turn our passion into a career. So it wasn’t until a couple of years after high school that I realized whatever I did in life had to involve hip hop in some way, or I just wouldn’t be happy. I started tapping back into my creative side I hadn’t explored since I was a kid. I wrote song after song while teaching myself how to record and mix vocals. I also started DJing In Ybor City on the weekends and attending all the local hip hop events I possibly could. Once I started surrounding myself with other people who had the same dreams as I had everything became so clear. The most significant push for me coming to L.A. was when my sister passed away. It really opened my eyes to how short life is, and you have to go after what you want now. I know she is watching over me and I just want to make her proud. As I became more eager to follow my dreams it became clear to me that moving to an area like L.A. is essential and here I am today.

Please tell us about your art.
As a DJ I really loved putting a song on and watching the crowds reaction. I wanted to take that feeling even further by being the person who actually made the beat that the crowd is reacting to. I love telling a story and creating emotion without having to use words. Music is all about the feeling it gives you, and it starts with the beat. My goal is to make you feel something. Music has helped me through very hard times and every emotion you can think of. I just want to do the same for others with what I create. At the end of the day if I could get one message across with my music its that you can do whatever it is in life you want to do. Don’t let other people bring you down or make you feel like you can’t do something. It’s crazy how many doors will open up to you when you start really convincing yourself that you are good enough.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Money can feel like the biggest obstacle in your way. I really don’t have the perfect solution, but I can tell you what works for me. I grind every day doing multiple things besides just trying to sell my music. I don’t have one source of income. I do random gigs all of the time that allow me to be creative and still make money. You have to search for things they don’t just come to you. You also can’t put yourself in a box and only look to make money one certain way. Hundreds to thousands of jobs are posted every day on platforms like craigslist. You just have to be a shark and go for it. Don’t be afraid to apply for something you don’t have expert experience in either. Have confidence that you can do anything you apply yourself to.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have all of my beats available for listening and purchase on my website I am also really excited to share a project I am currently working on with a friend of mine Miranda Corneliussen with MIRimage. She has such a creative eye. We will be releasing a project on my YouTube channel mixing my beats with her visuals. We don’t have a release date yet, but I can tell you it’s going to be epic! Expect 808, dark, creepy, melodic beats with trippy visuals. The beats will also be available on all streaming platforms.

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