BERA is a 16 year-old pop star and record label extraordinaire that is looking to take the U.S. by storm with his debut single “Favorite Things”. Produced by Rob Fusari (Lady Gaga), the single is a mid-tempo love song that gives fans a glimpse into the artist’s soul.
TeenChive recently chatted with the young star about his music, influences and working with big-time producers like Rob Fusari.
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Can you describe your music in a few words?
I would divide my music into two parts – a more fun, club, up-tempo side; and the laid-back, loverboy, romantic side, which can make you dream.
I was attracted to the music when I was born. I was handed a violin at age five and started piano two years later. I’m classically trained, but it’s my love for jazz that has me motivated to create. My background may not be usual for a Pop Artist. I listen to Rap music, one of my big influences is 2Pac and in Pop music — it’s Michael Jackson.
What did you learn from producer Rob Fusari who has worked with the likes of Lady Gaga? Rodney Jerkins?
First of all, working with Rob Fusari made me learn a lot about myself, he helped me do things I thought I would never do or I wasn’t capable of, he made me discover these new abilities. For example, before I started working with Rob, I was hesitating to take high note and he pushed me and taught me how to do it. I wish I had enough space and time here to speak about Rob, I would really love to write a book about him.
As for my Rodney Jerkins, he taught me how to make hit records, strong radio songs and how to stay credible at the same time. All of his hooks are so catchy and they’re musically so deep, he never makes one shot hit records — he only creates real classics, immortal music. And the most amazing thing is that he creates them only in 15 minutes, Rodney Jerkins is more than a genius!
I’m so happy I had this chance to work with them, it was fantastic, they both gave me a lot, I really grew up with them, it was such a great experience for me.
Check out the music video for “Favorite Things”. Next week we’ll drop part two of our interview with BERA so be sure to check back!