5 Questions with Big Brooklyn Red
Big Brooklyn Red is not of this time. His voice all but confirms it. It’s raw and at the same time ethereal, harkening back to a time when singers bared their soul to audiences through the sheer emotional power of their voice. Hailing from Brooklyn, this “Showtime at The Apollo” champion is defining soul for a new generation, with his rapid-fire freestyle abilities and jazzy harmonic sensibility earning him collab time with the likes of Patrick Green, George Morel and the Soul Relic. To see him live or in the studio is akin to witnessing a Shaman commune with spirits long past.
TL;DR: If you have the chance to catch him live, get on that ish now.And you can do just that on Thursday, July 27 during A+E’s Loft Hop at The Filling Station. He’ll be one of the three exclusive musical experiences kickin’ it for locals for that night. Which makes him the perfect candidate for 5 Questions, a bi-monthly feature that shines a spotlight on the local artisans and personalities that make the A+E District all kinds of special.
How long have you lived in Miami and what brought you here?
I moved to Miami in April of 1997. I was under a production/management deal in New York. Moving to Miami was a way to make the deal either happen or dissolve. It dissolved, but I became BigBrooklynRed.
What’s the current state of live music in Miami and where do you think it’s going?
The scene ebbs and flows in terms of how many venues have and promote live music. Right now, I think we’re trending towards more, but we are still making up for having lost some major venues in 2015. What has remained constant is how much talent there is. I’m a fan.
Are you collaborating with any local artists right now? Any exciting projects on the horizon?
I have two songs coming out with Monsieur ZonZon (Aventura records/Antilles Music). I’m working with local band House Savage, and I am working out a deal to finish an album that I started in the U.K.
What song do you have on repeat lately and why?
I don’t have one. I’ve been culling through my freestyles lately, trying to write the lyrics out and see if I like them.
What does Big Brooklyn Red want to be when he grows up?
Play video below to hear Big Brooklyn Red’s classic soul sound: