Bmixx is a Kenyan-based music artist that has been releasing music since 2019, carefully building up a fan base for his fast-paced and crazy lyrical wordplay that takes the listener on a thrilling journey. His first lead single, Throne has managed to gunner his attention for its classic hip hop style that’s been compared to Ice Cube, and his second track, No lies, managed to secure a spot in people’s hearts with its mellow somber mood that he brings through his lyrics. He is currently a student at Daystar University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) a course he believes will marry with his musical career. He owes his consistency to discipline that was instilled in him at a tender age. He also doubles up as an actor with appearances on the local TV show, the trap House, currently airing on the NTV channel, and has more acting projects underway. With his songs on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, and multiple music stores, his growing fan base includes listeners from the United States, Switzerland, and France to mention a few.
How best would you describe yourself?
A young ambitious rapper as an artist once said about me but for the brief version, Bmixx is a Kenyan-based artist and actor with an appearance in The Trap House Tv show that aired on NTV in 2020 while also doubling as the executive producer for #TheBreakdown254 and Noah Distributors brand ambassador.
How did the stage name Bmixx come about?
Well, Bmixx is a combination of my first name Brian, B, my surname starts with M and I like to do a mixture of different things, combining different vibes and genres, and mixing them up hence the name, Bmixx.
How and when did you make your debut in the music industry?
Well, my first official song came out in 2019 that was Throne. We had a launch on its premier and basically, since then we never looked back. I started with what I had with the support I could get at the time and with the support of friends, fans, and family with some strategic marketing strategies combined with the launch it worked out great.
Can you recall the first song that you recorded?
Haha yes indeed. That would be R.O.J with my boy Jayviq. This was back in 2015 just after we finished high school when Viq hit me up and told me he got a studio we could record at in Kasarani. I later pulled up at One Don’s crib where we sampled a couple of beats and on another day much later recorded. The project had a couple of hiccups and stalled but it’s gonna come out in Throne the Album
Who/What to inspired you to make music?
Well ever since I was a kid I used to love hip hop rap music and on talent shows back in primary I’d go rap Kenrazy or T.I or Eminem and guys would always cheer. When there was a new song and they wanted to remember how it went they’d usually come to ask me coz then I could almost sing all the jams as close to the artist as possible. Fast forward to high school during funkies which I was a very much frequent member haha, I’d rap a bit sometimes and the girls loved it too. We later formed a group of 5 guys who were all down to do music together and we would write and come and play to each other. Among them was Jayviq whom we later got to record our first jam R.O.J. To this point, I can’t say who really inspired me to make music but that I loved music and I later learned making my own is more fun and performing my own original tracks is more fulfilling.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Conscious music that if you listen to, you’ll realize beyond the fast flow and cadences that am also trying to pass a message. Am a storyteller who’s telling a story and very much writes with the target to relate to the human emotions that any and everybody may have at that point in time.
What is your creative process like?
Well, I am very picky when picking my beats but after a rigorous beat selection, I take the beat that speaks to me and listens to what it wants to tell me. Then I write to it slowly and in no rush. Sometimes I might not write for months and probably only have like two lines in and sometimes they just flow in. I don’t force it and when the story unravels it’s usually over a course of a long period. After recording the track I then put on my other hats and get it distributed while looking for means and ways to put the word out without having to say the same thing over and over again. Okay, you have to do it a couple of times but add the variety and spice to keep it new and fresh.
Sometimes my process may be triggered by experiences that happen to me or those close to me or by certain emotions that are calling out to me in a sorta sense “to put words to it” so that it can express itself fully.
When you create music, what is your purpose or goal?
To make music that helps us express our emotions much easier, to critically stir our thought process by providing different perspectives, and to positively motivate one to always keep pushing forward.
What could you say has been the most challenging aspect of your current releases?
Well, the current releases have all been collaborations I have been featured on. I’ve done both international and domestic collaborations but each had different challenges majorly being funds to facilitate the project properly.
You’ve mostly collaborated with some international artists how was it working with them and how did you guys get to link and make a project?
Well, my first international collaboration was with Jaburollup from Malawi and Eli from Congo. This one was quite easy as Jaburollup was in Kenya back then after whipping out the cream with Eli on the hook he called me up for a verse. He later dropped Vroom. Later on, I took part in an online competition where I was the only artist selected from Kenya and the only African on the show on Facebook with the rest of the competitors from Ireland, Canada, the USA, and such. It had 4 stages and the first 3 stages had artists compete with their music and the winner from the 3 stages went to the 4th stage. The winner of the final stage wins the competition. I won. The other contestants later asked if we could collaborate and I was down for it. That’s how KronOz – These feelings ft Bmixx and R.A.P – Overdose ft Bmixx came about.
Later KronOz called me back for another verse where he had Krizz Kaliko on the hook titled Disappear.
Having collaborated with some international artists. How do you feel the internet has impacted the music business?
The internet has really made such a thing very much possible, almost making the world seem like a global village. This allows for cross borders collaboration much easier than it used to be back in the day. With the amount of information accessible on our phones and laptops through YouTube and Google, one can also research and learn most of the most basic and needed information for independent artists making it the best time to be an independent artist. With social media, getting communities that are about what you’re doing becomes so easy and you typically just need to build your relations.
Would you like to collaborate with any local artists? If so who do you have in mind?
Well honestly at the moment I am focusing more on my projects. Throne the album is not the only project I have in my pocket and I want to clear a couple more out. I first want to fully paint my picture for a while and fully explore myself as I feel what we’ve seen is just the tip of the iceberg, then I’ll think about collaborations later.
Apart from being a musician, you’re also creative in other fields. How do you balance that and your being an artist?
Yes, am also an actor while doubling up as the executive director for #Thebreakdown254. For me, both of these are still sides to me that I equally love and intend to explore more into the film side of things as I have a couple of stories and ideas I feel I can bring out. Being an artist has indeed taken a leap ahead of my other interests for the moment but may also be a key to the other sides so I am still exploring. Having a mentor would have helped, someone to guide me in this field but as of now, I’ll keep going on my gut instinct. Hasn’t failed me once.
Tell us about your show The Breakdown. What is it all about and where can we find it?
The Breakdown Show is all about letting the music speak. We give the artist a platform to open up on what inspired the lyrics to their jams, what stories influenced it, what emotions they were targeted or triggered by, the message they wanted to pass, and also deconstruct the lyrics to explain their bars and hidden meanings to their fans. This allows them to further connect with their fans while also serving to highlight artists that are worthy of highlighting in the ever-increasing artist industry. It’s a home for music lovers who love getting behind how their favorite music came to being as we go through it all with the artist.
We are aware that you have some current music projects on the way including the Album. Would you care to share about them?
By the time this probably comes out in print one of the tracks I was featured on will probably be out. That is KronOz – Disappear ft Bmixx, Krizz Kaliko on September 19th from his album Vanilla Gorilla. Later on for being silent all that while, I worked with Nu Wave Africa to release a six minutes bar stacked release just to remind you the album is still coming and it’s gonna be a bad one. Which album do you ask? Well the only one haha, well mine that is. This will be my debut album which happens to encompass my debut release, Throne, and the subsequent releases No lies, WDYM, and Fire burn which happen to all be part of the storyline in the album if you listen from start to finish without skips. ThroneTheAlbum coming out to me will be a confirmation to myself that I could do it, creating a story that is both relatable while also a gripping leaving the audience with anticipation of what the next album would hold. It’s the start of the first chapter while just serving as an introduction but as a ground setting for what’s to come.
What’s next for you? What should we expect from Bmixx in the next few months/years?
For now, look forward to Throne the Album. It’s finally time the story comes to light.
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