Meet The Artist - Rafa Mendes-Browne

We are lucky to work with lots of fantastic and talented local artists, musicians, workshop leaders and community performers across the year, at our Launch event and the Festival in July.

We will feature one Meet the Artist blog each week leading up to DissFest’ 2018.

Meet The Artist - Rafa Mendes-Browne

Firstly, tell us about you/your group? When did you start?

I’m Rafa Mendes-Browne and I’m a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter originally from London. My type of music takes elements from different genres such as jazz, folk and rock and fuses them together. I’ve been surrounded by music from a very young age and always had a keen interest in playing instruments.

What’s the best bit about being a musician?

The best bit about being a musician is composing songs and trying to find different ways to make it as quirky and imaginative as possible. Also, travelling across the country to play at different venues is fun as each performance is never the same.

Tell us about the best gig played to date.

I performed at a charity event raising money for the RAG organisation which donates money to different causes. It was amazing to perform at a worthwhile event and to see so many talented artists come together to raise money for a good cause.

Who inspires you as an artist?

The bedrock for my inspiration can be seen in artists such as The Black Lips and Canadian musician Mac DeMarco. Especially DeMarco as the themes in his songs have added depth towards my songwriting ability.

Do you have any advice for young people interested in becoming a musician?

Keep practicing and performing but most importantly you’ve got to enjoy it and also be open minded and creative as your music will constantly evolve as time goes on.

Do you have a website, social media links, when is your next gig, anything else you’d like to promote?

I have an EP which will be released in early 2019 which I’m really excited about. For regular updates about gigs and music releases,
follow my musician Facebook page and my Soundcloud. Watch this space!


Luke Taylor

Luke Taylor Contributor

I work as the Network Administrator for Voice. Having completed my apprenticeship at Unit Twenty Three, I continue my work supporting Voice and the Youth Network in whatever way possible. Music is my passion, and I will happily talk about all the bands you've probably never heard of!

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