GET TO KNOW AUDRI NIX
Puerto Rican rapera Audri Nix is one of the most promising rising artists to come out of La Isla del Encanto in recent years. Her sound is different and so is she is. Born Adriana Vazquez in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she started singing Trova, a typical music style in Puerto Rico, by age 10. In her teens she discovered rap via Biggie Smalls and Mala Rodriguez and it transformed her life. She started writing her own lyrics and developing her own musical style, which is soft and sensual while still maintaining the essence of rap lyricism.
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Tell us a little bit about yourself, Audri as the artist and the person.
I definitely feel like I have two sides. I have Audri Nix and I have my normal self. Adriana is a really hardworking girl. She is trying to make it through life everyday. Just trying to overcome all the obstacles that get in the way, to get to where she wants to go. Audri is somebody that wants to express herself in any way possible. I feel Audri is this alter ego, and she is just ready to take on the world. When Audri puts her mind onto something, she goes and gets it. Adriana and Audri are the same person, but Audri has this creative way. I feel like either side of me is always going to follow my gut and go for what I want. That’s how I describe myself.
Who inspired you growing up?
Shakira. Shakira is everything. I started [performing] when I was very young, I was like 10 years old. And I started singing Trova, which is a typical music style in Puerto Rico. It’s like singing a poem, with a cuatro, a little guitar. I started competing in Trova contests where I wrote my own rhymes and I started writing more. Before that I always loved to perform, in front of the mirror or with my family. Every time there was a family event I’d just get in front of everyone and put on a show. My family knew that singing and performing intrigued me, so they put me in guitar and piano classes. My grandmother especially encouraged me to be involved with something that had to do with either singing or dancing. I was cheerleader, I was in the theater department, singing department. I was in everything that had to do with performing arts.
How has hip-hop inspired you?
When I was 15 rap came into my life. Rap came into my life later on because in Puerto Rico, rap is not something that gets played on the radio and I didn’t have much access to the Internet. I wish it‘d come earlier in my life. I started listening to a lot of Biggie Smalls, Mala Rodriguez, that woman really inspires me a lot. Lauryn Hill, and then in Puerto Rico there was a station that broadcasted Latin rap. It was called Rap 787, which is our area code. So I started listening to it. And to me it was like, “Wow this exists, this is happening in Puerto Rico.” So I started listening to that station a lot. That little spark that lived in me when I was doing Trova ignited in me again. So I said to myself, “I need to write. I need to do it again.” I remember loving it and then I started doing it again. Not knowing what I was going to do with it, it just let me create. I didn’t have a producer. I didn’t have anything. So my dad gave me a Mac. It was a gift. I started downloading programs for producing and started producing my own beats. They weren’t great but I was creating.
Recommend another rising artist you believe in.
Tinashe. Her latest project was so good from the beginning to the end. She is really the new R&B queen. She also really inspires my new project. In Puerto Rico of course, I like Alvaro Diaz, and in Mexico, there is Jesse Baez. He does R&B in Spanish. He started to get attention because of The Weeknd covers he was doing. He really is like The Weeknd but in Spanish. And I love this girl from Spain, Bad Gyal. This girl is insane. She does dancehall. So you can imagine Spanish dancehall. This thing Drake is doing now this girl has been doing for like a minute now, she is 20 years old, and she is killing it in Spain. All her videos have like 2 million views. And she is totally new, totally fresh, totally nothing that you have never heard before. She is different she is blond, she sings dancehall, and that is so weird, because Spanish people doing dancehall is not very common. And she is amazing, I’ve talked to her a few times, and I am planning on doing a song with her. So that’s going to be a really cool collaboration.
Tell us more about your next project.
It’s called La Niña de Oro. It translates into golden girl. It’s still in the early stages but it’s going to be very different from El Nuevo Orden. It’s going to be like a whole new side to Audri Nix. I feel like it’s going to be a metamorphosis. I am not going to lie, I am still trying to figure out my sound, even though, I already feel like I have a sound. It’s kind of like this electronic trap mixed with R&B, but I am still trying to figure out what I have to do in order to make a smooth transition. I feel it is going to be a complete alter ego, like the alter ego of my alter ego. It’s going to be crazy. And it’s all going to be very good. Some people just think that because I am a rapper, I am Puerto Rican I have to be urban and underground. I want to wear diamonds, I want to have my hair done, and wear really big earrings, just be the girl of gold with a lot of ambition. This Audri Nix will be very egocentric, she has bad things about her but she is just trying to prove that she is not letting anybody get in the way.
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