We had the good fortune of connecting with Bri Beats and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bri, how do you think about risk?
Risk-taking played a huge role in my career and life. I always dreamed of moving to California but once I started becoming serious as a music producer, it became clear it would be important for my career as well. I would listen to other producers talk about how they got to the position they were in. Everyone had the same advice “Move to a city with more opportunities and network”. I spent a year saving and preparing to drive across the country. Everyday leading up to the moment I packed my car the excitement continued to build. The first hour of the drive is when I started to get nervous and think “Am I really doing this?” Once my nerves settled I began to get excited again. Since then I never once regretted my decision. I was told over and over about the opportunities being greater than I could imagine, but I truly couldn’t fathom that statement until I experienced it for myself. Within the first month of living in L.A. I landed an internship at one of my favorite producer’s studio. Since then there’s been countless opportunities that I never would have had if I didn’t take that risk. Most opportunities for growth will involve taking risks and I enjoy the challenge.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Ive always loved music, so it didn’t feel as if it was hard to get where I am now. I think if you love something it never feels like work. Every step along the way is an adventure and an opportunity to learn. You just have to try really hard at whatever it is you’re passionate about, take-risks and never give up. My style has evolved and I’m more comfortable with the music I am making now. For a while I was trying to make my music less dark. Now I embrace the fact that I like darker sounding music and whatever I am feeling that day I just go with it. Most of the time my beats are going to come out with a darker edge to them and thats ok because its what I like. I feel less pressure to make music others will approve of. I think that’s most important overall. When you stay true to yourself and your style, thats when others notice. When I think about the artist who really inspire me, they all have that in common. Authenticity is key when making music because people tend to connect with music they can relate to.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Los Angeles has the best views. I enjoy starting my day off with a mountain bike ride that allows me to look over the city and take in the fact that I’m living my dream. There are not too many places where you can see the ocean, mountains, and city all at the same time! A car ride along PCH is also a must. When it’s time for food and drinks West Hollywood Is my favorite place to hop around.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people who have helped me along this journey. A few that really stand out would be my friend Miranda Corneliussen (@mirimage) who I became friends with in Florida. She was from California and ended up moving back while encouraging me to do the same. I definitely have to thank my friends Andy Young and Scott Ward for jumping on board with my idea to move across the country. Having friends to do it with made the experience a lot more fun and less intimidating. Also Marsh and Steve Lucero at the Artery LA (@arteryla) who I met once I moved to Los Angeles and have had a huge impact In my life. I am beyond thankful for all of them!