Brax is fifteen years old from New Orleans Louisiana and his favorite color is blue. He lives in a small town where everyone knows everyone and rap is not prevalent so for him to start rapping is a milestone in itself. Brax's emo rap style has a very $uicideboy$ mixed with Nirvana sound and his new ep Blue Thoughts II centers on being journal entries. You can hear his mental state poured out through his lyrics and how open he is to sharing his emotions throughout each song. There are different levels to Brax's head and it gets more complex the deeper you go into the EP. We sat down and dove into what it means to be an artist and the struggles Brax goes through every day.
When did music enter your life and how did it impact you?
Music entered my life when I was three from my great grandpa but I never actually took it seriously or made music until I was twelve. Music has been the only way I know how to express myself and try to explain what's going on in my head for years.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
It’s a little bit of both because my uncle and great grandpa were both musicians but my mom was actually an artist.
Was there a specific moment that you made say this is what I want to do with my life?
It was when I hit rock bottom for the first time. It was just kind of a realization that nobody will ever understand the stuff I’ve seen and been through in my head. The only reason I’m alive is because of the next song or next project.
How did you learn to sing/write/rap/play music?
For the most part, really it was just a trial and error.
Describe who you are as an artist and what direction you want to go with your image/music.
I honestly don’t know who I am as an artist. There is not a separate person to the art because my music is about the stuff I’ve been through and my battles with depression disassociation and just the constant mental fight every day. I have no clue where I’m going with music but for the most part, it never mattered if I blew up. I just wanted someone to know and try to understand what I have and still am going through and that people aren’t alone.
Describe your creative process?
My creative process is just me trying to explain how I feel. Things that have happened to me or hallucinations I’ve had etc. but it gets very hard to explain in words and a lot of my creative process includes the fact that I feel like I’m deteriorating in a sense and it feels like I’m just ignored.
What roadblocks have you had to overcome to get to where you are today?
Addiction, suicide attempts, disassociation, delusions, depression, and mental illness. I think I’ve been through a lot for my age and it seems like my rock bottom is never ending.
What artists do you draw inspiration from?
I draw a lot of inspiration from $uicideboy$, Lucki, $not, Nirvana, my great grandpa, Mac miller, Xavier Wulf, Bones, and a lot of indie or alternative rock artists.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I don’t know truthfully it’s a hard question because I might not even be alive in 5 years. I never get to think that far mostly because I'm just trying to make it through the day.
How important are lyricism and wordplay to you?
It’s important to me in a sense because in all my music I am trying to explain what I'm going through and shit so lyricism is very important to me.
Who would you most Like to collaborate with?
Honestly Mac Miller, $not, $uicideboy$, and really my great grandpa. We were really close and the fact we never got to make music before he passed still haunts me to this day.
Talk about your new EP. What's the story behind it and the process behind releasing it.
Blue Thoughts II is the new EP I released. The EP itself is just a big journal about my mental state and the fact that it feels like no one cares and the fact it feels like I’ve been screaming bloody murder in a sense and they still won’t listen. I’ve been in this state for a while and Blue Thoughts II really tries to get into corners and crevasses of that. You meet multiple people in my head including Elliot and Yung Xan that represent something on an inner conscious level that even I don’t understand. I think the ep is really how I just feel isolated by people I’m surrounded by like no cares and no one understands and the fact that the more I try to leave this state I call deeper.
It's a hard question, but where do you categorize your music? Are you blending genres or trying to fit into a certain mold of sound right now.
I would categorize some of my music as alternative and indie rock but the main stuff I do is probably somewhere in between cloud rap and emo rap mixed with that $uicideboy$ and $not genres.
What do you want people to get from your new album?
I think I just want someone to understand a part of my head.
How do you feel the internet and social media have impacted the industry and yourself?
I think it’s done a lot for smaller artists and it’s allowed me to interact with a lot of fans and show that I’m here for them and other people whenever other listeners or just friends are there for them.
What's next for you? Any concerts, music videos, or new songs coming soon you would like to talk about.
I have a music video releasing the ninetieth for one of the songs on the EP. I plan on releasing another EP in the future that’s a four to five song project called a Walk with Sadie and before that, I’m planning on releasing one or two singles. Hopefully, I will be able to do a concert someday in the future though.