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Brixx’s big reach for stardom

  • Making strides: singer Brixx, born Brittany Cox, has been working on a catalogue of original tracks as a step towards fulfilling her dream of becoming a full-time recording artist (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Sh has shared the stage with a leading R&B artist, is featured on a track with one of Bermuda’s rising stars and now Brittany Cox is ready to make her own mark on the music world.

The singer/songwriter, who goes by the stage name Brixx, has been working on a catalogue of original tracks as a step towards fulfilling her dream of becoming a full-time recording artist.

Her performance with Monica at the Made in Bermuda concert last year and a recent collaboration with EDM producer Noise Cans, a Bermudian rocketing to fame in the Caribbean, Europe and Asia, is giving her the exposure to do just that.

“It has always been my dream to be a performer and to record music,” she told The Royal Gazette.

“I really want to be able to make money from my own songs, to tour and to perform on big stages, but I don’t want all that American-style fame. I would rather have songs that are popping in Europe or Japan where I can still live a humble life.”

Brixx, 27, is one of several artists to be featured as the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs launches a promotional and networking platform for writers and artists, www.creatives.bm. Live Wires, Shine Hayward, Imari, Alan Smith and Mugzyddancer will also perform at tonight’s special event.

Brixx, who was raised in Bailey’s Bay, claims to have started singing as soon as she could talk.

As a child she was constantly asking her parents to buy her microphones, although she was initially too shy to perform.

Brixx came out of her shell at 14 when she participated in a concert at Warwick Academy, but it wasn’t until five years ago, after she graduated with a business degree from the University of North Carolina, that she really showed her talent to the public.

It was then she recorded a cover of How Deep is your Love by Calvin Harris & Disciples.

“Dem Biez Recording Studio heard it and asked me if I wanted to record a song. We did it in one take,” she recalled.

“Then I did a remix of Rihanna’s Work and people began posting it.

“It ended up with 2,000 views on SoundCloud which was big for me because no one had ever viewed my stuff ever, so I was excited.”

Armed with a new-found confidence, she performed live wherever she could before landing a regular gig with the band DIA at Marcus’.

Brixx grew up listening to the likes of Lauren Hill, Toni Braxton and TLC.

These days, her favourite artists include Beyoncé, Rihanna and the lesser-known Doja Cat.

Her own style is R&B mixed with hard trap beats.

“I have a softer and raspy voice and I like the contrast of my voice on hard beats.

“I am into rap in general, I’m a Nicki Minaj fan, she can change her flow five times in one verse so when I write music I try to do the same.

“I love Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion and Miss Mulatto, it is raw female rap. People may think, ‘What is the correlation?’, but they really inspire me.”

She slightly adapted her style to fit Noise Can’s genre, dance music fused with Caribbean flare.

“I followed Noise Cans on Instagram. I thought, ‘Who is this Bermudian guy who is deejaying in a mask?’ I still have no idea who he is.

“I was semi-stalking him and one day he randomly messaged me about doing a song. “We got on the phone, he sent me a beat and I recorded on it with Dem Biez — it was as simple as that. It’s called Take Ova.

“He sent me more beats and we are working on an EP project. I’m very grateful. It is a huge leap for me.”

Social media has given her music a platform, she said.

When Brixx is not posting music she is writing about women’s issues; another passion of hers, they inspire her lyrics.

“Post everything. Even if you only have two followers keep posting and it will catch on,” she said. “It’s part of my generation. That was my first thought — to put it on social media.

“I started to gain a bit of confidence and I started to get calls to perform, paid gigs.”

Look for BermudaBrixx on SoundCloud and Brixx on iTunes; on Instagram @brixxbda. The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs will launch creatives.bm at 7pm tonight at Blue Water Anglers Club