In 2010 I got the chance to conduct one of my first interviews ever with Atlanta singer-songwriter and multitalented artist, Butta B-Rocka. You can only imagine with such a unique name she brings an equally unique backstory. Nearly 5 years later we get the chance to catchup with Butta B-Rocka to find out what she’s been up to. While so much as changed since the last time we talked so much has remained the same.
She is still a perfectionist when it comes to her craft as she has remained driven by her music while not settling for anything less than what she wants. Her hard work has paid off as she has become the go to person for recording vocal demos for both domestic and international projects. Holding such acclaim has allowed her to travel to places that most only dream about. She has toured Africa, played at the Kentucky Derby and been a guest entertainer on cruise ships. Seeing that hard work pays off including all the long nights, sweat and tears she has put in, she recently performed with her full 10-piece band in the Dominican Republic in front of 9K+ people. She understands that as an independent artist without major funds or a label behind her, these types of opportunities are rare so she is grateful to have experienced them. She continues to notice a difference in her foreign fans versus those in America in that, “They embrace her a little more as age, race and gender are not a factor, all they care about is the music and that you can entertain them”. She feels honored that so many people have sought her out to work on their projects while holding her in high regards. She described, “Working with Sandrine out of Belgium as being her proudest work thus far. Seeing footage of Sandrine singing a song “Run Away” she wrote in front of 20k people was a major high for her”. It was an experience she stated, “She will always remember”.
With time has come growth both as an artist and a writer, but through it all her approach has remained the same. It is about being the best representation of herself regardless if it’s her own project or someone else’s. The only difference is that, “When writing for others you have to figure out exactly who that artist is, what’s their story and what are they trying to tell you.” When it comes to songwriting she has taken a simpler approach in that less is best. She doesn’t try to overthink the lyrics or melodies as, “You don’t want to lose yourself in trying to be commercial yet, you want to find a happy medium that won’t allow you to get lost in the mix”.
It’s been a while that people have been waiting on her sophomore album, “Naked”. She describes her first album as being more pop/ soft rock catered to the international crowd, but her new project is more along the lines of that feel good, back to the basics, old school music. With new music on the way as her single is slated to released Feb 15th and being a joy to talk to, hopefully it isn’t another 5 years before we speak with Butta B-Rocka again.