Take 5: Brandon Rivers

Brandon Rivers is a talented singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist who thrives on being different. Being alternative was something instilled at birth for Rivers, being a mixed-race kid from the New Forest on the South Coast of England. Growing up on 90’s R&B and House mixtapes along with early 00’s Indie, Rivers began making music from a young age, flirting with a multitude of different styles before settling on his own brand of ‘after hours, dark pop’. After hours you say? Sounds sexy – let’s find out more with a ‘Take 5’…

When did you realise that you wanted to be a music artist? What or who has inspired you ?  

Growing up, most of the indie artists I admired used to give answers like ‘out of boredom’ regarding why they began to make music, but my answer is simply that it’s my talent, it’s what I think about at all times, it always has been. My inspirations from the beginning were always Prince, 2Pac, Kendrick Lamar and the Manic Street Preachers, I always used to burn and rip music from my cousins (and anyone else’s I could find) laptops, especially R&B and House mixtapes which have been so influential in my sound.  

Who, living or dead, would you dream of collaborating with? 

My dream collaboration would be Prince and 2Pac, two absolute idols from birth. 

Tell us about your latest single ‘Girlplay’– what is the song about? 

GIRLPLAY. is about having complete and utter desire for someone in a nightclub, sexually and emotionally.the track was written on a night out in Shoreditch where I met someone who seemed very nihilistic yet desirable.Her friends were completely anti the idea of me having anything to do with her, I guess part of what made this ‘chase’ so interesting.  

You live in London. Tell us five things you love about the city and why……

  • The women
  • The clubs
  • Its a 24hr city, I’m from the New Forest originally where everything shuts at 11
  • It’s multicultural, people from all walks of life are here, definitely something I haven’t grown up with yet instantly loved
  • Brick Lane – I’ve just started getting back in vintage shopping, which is definitely ideal when living in Shoreditch, you can find anything there! disproportionately overpriced and lovingly maintained. 

What are you most looking forward to this year? 

I’ll be performing at Camp Bestival in July and following that up with my next release, but I am so excited to start doing low key shows around London, going on tour in the future and getting my sound out as far and wide as I can, ‘’LA is the mission !’’