Brian Nadra is a fast rising Kenyan artist and the youngest artist signed under Musyoka’s record label, Decimal Records.
Let’s start with your stage, how did it come about?
I wanted a name that wasn’t too artistic, one that people could pass for a real name and I just ended up settling for my real name, Nadra is actually my real name. I wanted an identifying factor, a local touch and Swahili was the perfect hunting ground for me.
How long have you been in the music industry?
I have been writing music for as long as I can remember but professionally I would say two years, counting from around 2016 when I got signed to decimal records.
How many projects have you been able to put out so far?
I’ve released a total of four projects that’s Matwana, Leo, Lover and the latest one Man self.
Do you feel like there is a difference between the four?
Yes, each one of them has a style of its own. I think that shows how diverse I can be.
How did the people around you react when you told them you wanted to join the music industry?
It was no surprise to most of my close ones as they already knew I had always been interested in singing and writing. They have always been very supportive of my dream and I’m forever grateful for that.
What are some of the challenges you have gone through so far?
I have gone through many challenges but I would say the biggest challenge was the failure to deliver by producers I was working with at the beginning of my career. Another challenge was lack of guidance in terms of how to handle the musical side and the business side of music.
How did you go about the challenges?
I just had to keep my head straight and face the challenges by myself but thankfully now I have a team who help me with most of the work so all I have to do is just keep a good image and focus on growing my craft.
Any Kenyan artists you look up-to?
Yes, quite a number. I would say Sauti Sol businesswise, MDQ, King Kaka and I’m definitely inspired by my producer Musyox as well.
Any Kenyan artists you would love to work with in the future?
I would love to work with artists like Octopizzo, Khaligraph, Phy, Kagwe and the list is endless. I believe in the power of collaborations and unfortunately I would say it’s not been exploited to the latter in our Kenyan music industry. For example I would love to see a “Brian Nadra/Nameless” collabo you know, ushering in a new wave.
What can we expect of you in the future?
Expect surprises, expect to be blown away.
What can you tell other upcoming artists?
Seek mentorship those who are already successful in this business and push your creativity out of your comfort zone.
Where can the fans access your music?
All my music is available on Decimal records YouTube Channel.
How can your fans communicate with you?
Let’s keep the conversation going on Twitter@Brian_Nadra
Facebook @Brian Nadra