Briana Martinez, aka Brika, is an alternative singer-songwriter born and raised in Miami, Florida to Cuban-American parents. Her music, which has captivated audiences globally, is vibrant and melancholic, running the gamut of human emotions. A musician since the tender age of three, Brika’s intensely creative nature has been apparent from the start, in her childhood years of songwriting all the way to Voice Memos, her 2014 professional debut. Recorded exclusively with esteemed producer Julio Reyes Copello, the album offers a refreshing perspective on love, loss, and self-empowerment to general acclaim for what critics termed “incisively sharp, beautifully orchestrated pop music.” A singular voice as well as a profound songwriter, Brika is a musician in the truest sense of the word.
To date, Brika has garnered millions of streams as well as airplay on stations like KCRW and Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 programme. Her music blends elements of indie, pop, and R&B to mesmerizing effect, combining raw, stream-of-consciousness prose with one-of-a-kind vocal inflections and a knack for crafting unforgettable choruses. With a penchant for moody, contemplative tunes and an encyclopedic knowledge of music that belies her young age, Brika has rightfully earned a slew of accolades including mentions in Nylon, Billboard, among other high impact platforms. She is an artist with infinite potential and confidence to burn. “Brika carries a swagger that is undeniable”, writes one reviewer. “We’re left speechless.”
Brika shares the emphatic Taxi Man that is a true display of her creative potential. Starting out in a sparse, cultivated atmosphere, she slowly incorporates more immersive elements that both emphasise her honeyed vocal talents as well as her multidimensional appeal. Her alt-R&B sound defies being tied down and transforms midway through via a melancholic guitar energy reminiscent of the stand out tracks on Frank Ocean’s blonde who also received a lyrical nod.
On the narrative behind Taxi Man, Brika shares “Taxi Man was inspired by an actual cab ride I took in Miami after a night out in Brickell with my friends. I was unexpectedly given unsolicited advice from a very wise old Bahamian man. His message really impacted me in a way that brought out dormant emotions of my past. I originally recorded him talking to keep for snapchat… But ended up using the actual recording in the song.”