LAST MONTH AT FASCINATING ARCOSANTI IN ARIZONA WE MET UPCOMING ARTIST SUDAN ARCHIVES AFTER HER LIVE PERFORMANCE AT FORM FESTIVAL. GET TO KNOW HER THROUGH OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BEFORE HER GIG TONIGHT AT APOLLO IN MILAN!
Hi Brittany! You have been such a pleasant discovery here at Form. How’s the vibe in the desert?
So extraordinary. So unique. So intimate. I saw people singing my songs yesterday and it has been so intense.
You are a violinist and vocalist. You write, play, and produce your own music. Where do you take your inspiration from?
Drawing inspiration from Sudanese fiddlers, my songs fold in elements of R&B and experimental electronic music. This fusing of folk music and electronic production was the turning point of my music. I am also a self-taught on the violin.
You grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and then moved to Los Angeles aged 19 to study music technology. Who do you feel here in Arizona? It’s exciting to be here, so different from LA and from where i come from! The landscape is breathless, i’ll my first time in the area and i want to make the most of it after the festival and visit the Grand Canyon.
How important is fashion for you? Does it have a role in your music scene?
Yes, it does, it means a lot to me and i follow trends. All the West Africana influences that you find in my music, they also extend – in a very natural way – to my personal style, a modern mash-up of traditional Ghanaian garments and contemporary minimalism. My look is an eclectic mix of West African traditional clothing and contemporary pieces from Los Angeles–based designers. I simply love to mix them all! (she smiles at her stylist sitted next to us).
A lesson you learned in the last years…
Stop follow the rules and make your own ones!
Check out Sudan Archives here for Milan
And read more about Form where we met her!
Photo Courtesy Claudio Fagnani