The Brink: Flores
“Music is my life journey, it’s what enriches my human experience. Every hard time, breakup, family, relationships, work, just life… music was a part of the journey.”
It’s always quite intriguing to discover talents that do not originally stem from The United Kingdom or from The United States. As humans it’s so easy to become lost within your environment/influences that we almost become ignorant to what other talents the world has to offer…
“Flores is my real last name. It’s my father’s Hispanic surname, in Spanish it means ‘flowers’ – which is a very beautiful word in my culture” – The Norwegian ‘90’s child’ can be described as a ‘breath of fresh air’ an artist who has merged her two musical passions: R&B and Electronica to create a sound that truly captures her artistry.
In recent years R&B has evolved dramatically as a genre, we are now presented with a lot more subgenres i.e. Electronic R&B… “7-8 years ago R&B was pretty sad actually, until the internet and breakthrough sites like Soundcloud changed the game”. Although the genre does still retain some of its earlier elements – Blues, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, in this present time it has definitely adopted a new popular style… “I feel like weirdos like me and so many other underground artists who don’t quite fit in the quintessential idea of what traditional R&B singers ‘should’ sound like can now carve our own space in the music world.”
Flores connects with music in a way that many of us can relate to, it’s a connection that transcends deeper than just listening to words over melodies…
“I can still put on an album I listened to in a particular life event and transport right back to that very moment, the feelings, the emotions, the smells and temperature, it all can flood back in”.
The beauty about music as a whole is that it not only evokes emotions but it can also act as a ‘vault’ – locking away precious memories and feelings, a tool used to recapture those moments every time you decided to listen to a particular album/song. The ‘vault’ is a tool that is not only used by music lovers but also by the majority of artists who create music dependent on the sentiments they had at that time.
‘Oceans’ is produced by British producer Maths Time Joy, it is also the follow up track to previous release ‘Afterglow’. Flores’ sound takes on one that is effortless/comforting – it’s easy listening at its finest as her tone creates an atmosphere of euphoria. Love seems to be a focal point within Flores music as she touches on personal experiences throughout her debut EP… “I want to communicate genuine experiences that are as real as they come… authenticity in my music means a tremendous amount. I want to convey a message close to my heart so that my audience will feel the emotions are genuine.”
With her European origins Flores is focussed on making her mark within the UK above all else… “For an R&B artist, America is the epicentre of R&B and the birthplace so of course it would be amazing to ‘crack’ America. For me it’s not an ultimate goal”. What is an ultimate goal for Flores is to… “have a good career in music” – a lot of the work Flores will be producing this year will be with Maths Time Joy so to build a solid fanbase within the UK is definitely a mission she is striving for. “It makes sense to start in the UK and then work our way to the U.S. it’s a slow climb however that’s the way I think it should be for me”.
Words: Fiona Frimpong