ATL has always been the new Hollywood for aspiring rappers and singers. IamDjRo has been spotlighting artist left and right. Below is the quick exclusive from Bryttain, an emerging ATL artist.
Tell me in a few words, who you are. How would you describe yourself in a short story.
My name is Brittany Allen, born in Brooklyn, New York raised in Jamaica Queens. I’m 29 and currently residing in Atlanta to pursue my music career. I’ve been free-styling since I was 7, started writing music at 12 in my journal.
What’s your stage name and how did you come up with it?
Bryttain is my stage name, I wanted something unique that matches my personality and music. Bryttain is pronounced like (Great Britain).
It’s has no gender, it’s Versatile like my music and the way I dress.
What got you into music?
I was raised in the church and also on caribbean music but my sister had a gateway computer she used to play music on, when I was old enough my mom allowed me to use it. Then it was passed down to me with the “Limewire” application full of songs. We didn’t have wifi so I played all of my sisters downloaded songs everyday. Artist like Tupac, B.I.G, Nas, Jadakiss, Eminem and plus more. My after school was at a church where I learned to play the piano and the flute during the day elementary school. Then I attended P.A.L in queens where I learned how to dance ballet, crump and other dance styles. The best part was my mothers adopted family all could sing and play instruments. With that being said, I was literally around music all of my life.
What was life like growing up?
Growing up in queens New York was different. My mother moved us from Brooklyn to Jamaica queens after my dad got locked up. My family is Jamaican, I’m the first born American on my fathers side, second on my mothers. Three quarters of my family does not live in America. Raised by a single mother, who worked two jobs and I barely seen her. My sister and I are 7 years apart so us hanging out wasn’t it. All of my family was in Jamaica and all I had was my friends on my building, block and hood. I use to get in trouble for sneaking outside but as I got older it became a everyday thing. My mom sent me to CANADA every summer until I was 13 and I loved it. I’ve seen and learned a lot. Taught me how to be street smart, even thou I use to cut school and a getting my house called everything year I was still book smart. I played basketball growing up which was my ticket to college, now I have both my associates and bachelors degree. Sometimes I sit back and thank god I’m alive because I’ve had many near death experiences and challenges with my freedom. There were many bumps along the way but I thank god I’m still here. Many of my friends and family didn’t live to see this day, many of my family haven’t made it to the United States. So I have no choice but to go hard.
Who is your inspiration? What keeps you going to get up daily and put effort into your music career?
My inspiration behind my music, is my family but my father more than anything. I am his only child, son and daughter all in one and he always accepted me. He always told me how I use to rap to him while he was incarcerated and I was actually. My father continuous calls me from Jamaica encouraging me to push my music, especially after I got in trouble with the law. My family and friends support is what keeps me going daily. The random messages I receive from fans informing me how much my music caused a positive change in their life is why haven’t gave up.
What is your creative process like? What is the meaning behind your current single?
Any words or lyrics that come to my mind, I write it down or record my self so I can keep the melody. I have over 1500 notes of lyrics to finish and finished , thoughts and plus more. Incomplete songs with no beats, i release the song when I find a beat that matches the energy for the song.
What is the name of the current single/ep/album that you are pushing? Do you prefer people to buy it or stream? And why?
The name of the current single I am pushing is “Deserve Better”. I prefer people to stream it, add me to your playlist and all. It feels good to see how many people listen to my music in different states and countries through my artist account.
With the industry changing so much, would you stay indie or sign to a label? Why and why not?
With the industry changes, I would remain a independent artist. To stay control of my royalties and also myself as an artist and person.
Do you feel like the music industry has went down since the pandemic? Why or why not? Where you affected by the pandemic with music or everyday life?
Since the pandemic, I feel like the music industry has went up. Many people utilized that time to work on their craft and pushed their content through social media. TikTok became one the main social media platforms during Covid and a lot of people became noticed, which was smart.
Yes, I was affected by the pandemic because I just moved to Atlanta right when Covid started, but once it opened up I was outside networking.
If you were give a chance to sit down and have a business dinner with a celebrity who would it be and why?How do you balance everyday life tied into your music career?
Being an independent artist or business owner with no team, while trying to maintain your everyday life get tough at times. That’s the hard part, which makes staying consistent a challenge. My faith in god, and the faith him and my fans have is me is what keeps me going. I work over 50 hours 6 days a week, so I perform certain nights during the week and on the weekends. I write music and brainstorm while I’m at work or driving. When I get home, I tap into my social media, website and work on my music.
What style of music do you prefer to make? Would you ever try a different lane?
The style of music I prefer to make is RnB, Reggae and HipHop. However I’m very opened to other genres, I love the entire entity of music. I love to challenge myself and try out new sounds because my voices has different ranges to it.
Do you have a celebrity crush?
No, not really. I wouldn’t consider it a crush.
Is there anyone who you would collab with right now?
If I could Caleb with an artist right now, it would be Chris Brown on a Caribbean beat.
Who is the producer and engineer behind your music?
The producer behind my music is Oo.Savage, he’s from my hometown Jamaica, Queens just like me. My engineers are Kim and Nanci from ATL HD Studios, and they are amazing.
When it comes to fashion, whats your dressing style ?
When it comes to fashion, I’m me… I dress like a New Yorker mixed with a jamaican. It’s not what you put together, it’s how you put it together. A female in boy clothing, buy the clothing doesn’t define who I am.
If you could open up for one celebrity who would it be and why?
If I could open up for a celebrity it would be Rod Wave because he’s very talented and he uses all aspect on his vocals in his music. All of his songs are situational with a message behind it. I can relate to his music.
Any funny stories or an embarrassing moments you want to share with our readers?
One time I was performing my single “What You Got” for hype magazine and when I turned around someone’s father was behind me acting like a backup dancer.
What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for your music career?
Putting my degree to use and working in the criminal justice field.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
God created you the way you are for a reason, always be true to yourself. Even when it gets hard, don’t give up… have faith in yourself because you can do whatever it is you put your mind to.
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