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 dark pop’.
After moving to London and, as he recalls, ‘’getting lost in the nightlife,’’ Brandon began incorporating themes that reflected his own personal experiences. His unique mix of Trap, Pop and Alternative R&B has drawn comparisons to artists such as Drake and Ariana Grande. Having already been featured as a ‘One to Watch’ by BBC Introducing and having performed newcomer sets at festivals such as Bestival, Brandon Rivers is set to release his new track ‘GIRLPLAY’ on June 14th.
Taking influence from the sexually charged vibes of Prince, the midnight sound of The Weeknd and the poetry of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, ‘GIRLPLAY.’ is a track that encapsulates the ‘boy meets girl’ sensationalism within East London nightlife, using the nightclub setting, which is commonplace in Brandon’s music, to help enhance the intimate yet tumultuous nature of his soundscape. As he says himself:
‘’GIRLPLAY” is a track I wrote during a period where I was going out a lot in East London, it’s inspired by a lot of the typical female characters I witnessed in nightclubs….The track is about a night in particular when I was finding myself being drawn to someone who was extremely narcissistic and using their own sexuality as a way to make people do as they pleased, I wrote the lyrics in the nightclub that same night.’’