We had the good fortune of connecting with Labrina and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Labrina, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Honestly… My thought process about risk is “It’s Inevitable It Has To Be Done”. As an artist, to be able to display your art in front of so many people is already a huge risk enough. I mean ….The risk of not being understood, The risk of exposing your truths and beliefs to a world.. that may not get you. With risk I believe I am taking a chance on me.
I feel like everyday within my career and my life I’m taking a risk because of my belief in myself. My career in music is so personal to me because my music is the greatest representation of who I am. With having a music career I’ve taken so many risks like moving from city to city, loss of sleep, relationships/ friendships, time away from the people I love. When you want something so bad.. the risk becomes the storyline and highlight of your success story.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a Singer/Songwriter, RnB Soul, and Contemporary RnB Artist, my sound and message is different. I love how music can tell a story. With my music It draws you in with different perspectives and situations like a story. My music caters to so many real life situations and scenarios that people of all ages and backgrounds can relate to. Rather it’s a single or a project. I have so many influences that shaped my sound from so many amazing jazz heads and 80-90s r&b, to new age R&b and all types of music and musicians. Those influences will be spotted in my bodies of work for sure and future projects.
As a creative I think what sets me apart from other artists would be that my goal and hope is to completely be myself. I want my audience and people who meet me and listen to my music to be confronted as well as get a glance of who I am inside and out. I believe that as honest as I can be about my thoughts and feelings on things in my life are reflected in my music. I believe this creates a space for people to see different points of views and perspectives about themselves as well.
Currently I am in the process of writing and putting together my first official music Project/Ep. There is no release date just yet… but I am super excited about my official introduction as an artist and cannot wait to showcase that to the public.
I feel like I’ve had many different reasons on how I’ve gotten to where I am today within music. My family, friends, my music background with things like singing in church, and attending a performing arts middle school and high school. doing local shows around my city Buffalo Ny. I have been exposed to my different paths within music but I think the way I have gotten where I am professionally is my mentality of ” how bad do I want this”.
No path is easy, especially as a creative person. I can recall numerous occasions in life…..where I had to put things like relationships, friendships, bills and payments and so many other things on hold to continue putting my all, my focus, and funds into myself and my career.
Honestly just faith and belief in the type of impact I want to make allows me to push past my challenges. Everyday a new challenge is thrown at me and it’s either I let those challenges beat me down or take those challenges everyday at a time.
The biggest and most impactful thing I feel like I’ve learned along the way is… You have to do what feels like you. With my music I’m really big on how things feel… because feelings bring impact…specifically for myself. My music is like entering my world, rather that means my perspective on topics, my headspace, my experiences with relationships, how I view things, or my thoughts on how others may view things and so many other experiences. For me …… when I’m creating something I want it to be a reflection of realness.
Something I want the world to know about me and my brand is with my music it will always come from a place that feels the realist and most authentic to me, like I said… earlier my goal with my music is to invite my audience and people who meet me and listen to my music into my reality and perspective on real life shit that we all go through. Sometimes my music will have a message….or sometimes I’m talking about a relationship… or I’m making an anthem for the girls and guys or I’m making something about having a great time. My music is a vibe……with so many different perspectives and points of views.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Honestly…. if me and my friends were in the city and we were looking for a good time, With there being so much to do, we would for sure be in the moment and spontaneous. Riding around the city and finding a whole bunch of food places, stores, as well as finding places to hang out. Everyday would be something new.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First off.. I would love to shout out to my family/friends. I feel like my family/friends have played so many different roles in my life with how I make music today as well as my discovery of music and how I view music. From my mother’s consistent blasting of Faith Evans, Mary J Blige, and Sade albums on the weekends when she was cleaning the house…. to me and my brothers sneaking to listen to different genres of Rap and R&b when living with my grandparents….. To my aunt religiously listening to Charlie Wilson cd’s during the summer. Even hanging out with friends driving around listening to music and my music. They all have played such a large role on why I love music so much. Their support means so much to me. Along this journey I have met so many different friends of mine who are artists, musicians, rappers, producers that have taught me so much about the kind of musician I want to be…& the power of truly creating great music, as well as being a great person. I know that’s how I want to be remembered. So this is the Shoutout to them. Without you there would be no me.
Image Credits Steven Luangpakdy