Influenced by the likes of Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole, Axel Brizzy is unabashed where pushing boundaries and stretching limits are concerned. He is extremely dedicated to his craft, through which he hopes to showcase his versatility as an artist.
A rapper and songwriter by nature, Axel dropped his first radio single, “Thursday”, which is a catchy R&B/Pop number alongside local singer Marian Carmel. “Man on a Mission” is where he unveils his flamboyant side—contrasted against his usual charismatic nature.
Axel has performed at numerous festivals such as SHINE Festival, Sundown Festival, and he was also 1 of the 4 acts who represented Singapore in the ‘Dreams Come True With AirAsia’ Campaign by Spotify & AirAsia in 2017. This week, we sat down (virtually) with Axel Brizzy as he told us the 5 soundtracks that make up his life.
Tell us your name, and how you’d introduce yourself to someone whom you’re meeting for the first time.
What’s up y’all, I go by the name of Axel Brizzy. I’m a rapper and songwriter, and I’ve been doing this for a solid 5 years now.
What are the five tracks of your life?
1. Make It Out Alive – QuESt
2. I Ain’t Done – Andy Mineo
3. Caroline – Aminé
4. Exchange – Bryson Tiller
5. Telegraph Ave. – Childish Gambino
Why would you consider this playlist to be significant to you?
Every single track I’ve picked resonates with me differently and the vibe differs too. I’ve specifically chosen songs that, during a phase in my life, whether it be days or weeks, have been on loop so much that I know every single lyric of the songs, and truth be told I don’t memorise lyrics for other songs very well, at least not 100% of it.
Pick one track and tell me your fondest/most interesting memory of it.
“Make It Out Alive” by QuEST stands out the most just because of how relatable the lyrics were for me. I remember listening to it for the first time and thinking to myself like, “wow this is literally the exact situation I’m in right now” and it blew my mind how music made across the world can connect with you like that. It’s one of the main songs that really got me into doing what I’m doing now. Till today, I’m still trying to “make it out alive”.
If I had asked you this question 10 years ago, what is the one track that your then-self would have picked as your favourite?
I would have been 12 then, and at that age, I remember only listening to radio hits and songs that played on MTV again and again. I only really started getting into hip-hop music in Secondary School.
But if I had to pick just one track, I would say “For The First Time” by The Script.
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