Upcoming singer-songwriter Bri Oglu has recently unveiled her original debut release on the music scene in the form of the emotionally filling “Slowly”.
With a combination of raw emotion, soulful lyrics, and an epic production from Will Snyder, “Slowly” is a powerful anthem that explores the moments following a confession of romance to a long-time friend. Following themes of love, potential loss, and facing the unknown, this artist’s unique mix of vocal textures makes for a soulful story of a relatable experience.
Bri has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution regarding the debut single, along with a glimpse into what we can anticipate hearing on the forthcoming EP. Check out the full interview below.
Hey Bri, thank you so much for this interview. Can you start by telling readers a little bit about yourself?
Bri: Hi! I’m Bri. I’m a singer-songwriter and cinematic pop artist currently based in Los Angeles, but I had a pretty nomadic childhood. I grew up between two musical worlds: my mother’s midwestern roots of country and pop, and my father and adoptive mother’s love of classic rock, 80s pop, and jazz. While moving around a lot and as a kid, I was always writing songs and emulating the artists I heard. I remember my little diva self feeling like the singers I listened to were my peers.
What made you go into music?
Bri: I was fortunate in that I always knew what I wanted to do. I can’t remember a time when singing didn’t feel natural and right.
Have you always known that you wanted to pursue a career within the music industry?
Bri: There was a hot second where I was a little intimidated by the LA music scene and leaned into acting a bit. I ended up booking way more as a singer and never looked back.
How would you currently describe your musical style?
Bri: I’d describe it as “cinematic pop” production paired with a pop/soul vocal style.
You just released the debut single “Slowly”. How did the idea for this song come together?
Bri: I started writing “Slowly” in 2019 and then shelved it because I couldn’t quite figure out its voice. I had just professed my feelings to a close friend and was in a period of (torturous) suspense before his response. I remember feeling like I was free-falling, but finding strange comfort in it because I was still living in the possibility of him feeling the same way. I wasn’t ready for a response quite yet. I ended up getting exactly what I asked for in my lyrics: he responded slowly. A year later in fact. We got together, the song found its voice and he ended up producing the track written about him (and killing it). It was a wild full-circle experience.
Did you always plan to release “Slowly” as your debut single?
Bri: Initially, I wasn’t going to record “Slowly” or have it on the EP because it wasn’t ready. We tried it a couple of ways and I ended up getting frustrated with the process, so I had put it down for a few months. When it came time to finalize the EP, I decided that I wanted a third original to balance the covers. We revisited it and everything came together. When sharing the tracks with close friends and loved ones, the reaction to “Slowly” in particular suggested that it was the standout. It’s often hard to be objective when it’s your own art, so I’m trusting my loved ones on this one.
What does this song personally mean to you?
Bri: This song represents my debut as an artist and honestly recounts a time when I chose to be brave.
If listeners could take something from this song, what would you like it to be?
Bri: I hope it inspires the listener to take more risks.
This song is also from your upcoming EP. What are some of the things that listeners can anticipate from the EP itself?
Bri: “Somewhere Else” is a collection of 6 tracks—3 originals and 3 covers. When thinking of a title, I was looking for a theme that each of the songs shared. I noticed that all of my originals were the product of not being present, of living in the past or in heavy scenarios I was creating in my head. All of the covers had an other-worldly, dream-like quality to them, hence “Somewhere Else.” It was co-written and produced by artist/producer Will Snyder, mixed by Ben Burget & Tim Latham and mastered by Sterling Sound. It’s my debut as an artist.
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Bri: While everyone is on their own journey, what’s worked for me lately is carving out my own path, staying the course and being selective about who I take advice from. We’re all human with a range of experiences and at times it’s impossible not to project them onto others. If you have a dope idea, try not to overthink it. Chances are: if you like it, someone else on this planet of 8 billion people will too. You may not think it’s “perfect,” but it may be exactly what someone else needs to experience or hear.
You can check out “Slowly” on Spotify below & on further platforms here.