Every time Bree Runway steps out, you can’t help but take notice of her. She literally turns the world into her very own runway. Her 2019 EP titled ‘Be Runway’ was fresh, bold and empowering and she’s looking to up her game even further with the release of her next project ‘2000AND4EVA’. The Hackney born artist’s career started with her creating music with a DIY studio in her bedroom. Fast forward to now, Bree still has this DIY mentality and is involved in everything from her fashion looks to her music videos.
Speaking of music videos, Bree kills it every time! Her music video for ‘Apeshit‘ drew inspiration from Missy Elliott videos of the 90’s and got a stamp of approval from Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott herself. The visual for ‘Little Nokia’ is an absolute trip – she literally rides a Nokia phone as a mechanical bull in the video. Bree also keeps her fans on their toes with her ever evolving sound. One day you might get a 80’s inspired song like ‘Damn Daniel‘ or a straight banger like ‘Gucci‘. Bree does not adhere to genre labels and will not be put in a box.
Her confidence in craft is undeniable and she’s not afraid to tackle topics such as racism, sexism or colourism in her music. Bree battled with colourism and bullying in her youth. She knows the power of words and wants convey uplifting messages in her songs. The artist feels comfortable being herself, after a long journey of self healing and she wants her fans to feel that too.
Meet the editorial team:
- Photographer: Kim Lang
- Stylist: Ramario Chevoy
- Make Up: Paige Cole
- Hair Stylist: Seraiah
- Art Director: Jade Adeyemi
- Stand by Art Director: Sofia Mpandu
- Interview: Tomi Otekunrin
Tomi: Your mixtape 2000AND4EVA is going to be released very soon! What was it like putting this project together?
Bree Runway: Putting this project together has had as many twists and turns as 2020, I chopped and changed the tracklist many times. I was super conscious of the tone I was putting out as it’s been a year of turmoil. I had to remember my role in music and it’s to provide joy and give the people life. So my work more reflects that instead of what 2020 has been like.
What do you hope your fans will feel when they listen to this project?
I want fans to press play and forget all their stresses and escape into Runway’s world. I hope they feel great. I hope they mosh. I hope they cry, I hope they laugh and I hope they feel free. I’m so excited for everyone to hear it.
All the songs you’ve released so far all sound so different but they sound like you, it doesn’t seem like your stretching yourself. Why do you think you’re able bend genres comfortably?
I’m a chameleon naturally, constantly reinventing my sound and look has been a thing for me as long as I can remember. I have so many sides to me, the Bree characters are limitless and it’s fun being able to pull whichever Bree I want out of the bag at any moment. I think that’s the beauty of art! I’d hate to be only known for one thing or for someone to be able to sum up all that I do in one word.
Your visuals are out of this world. When you create a song, do you often see the visual for a song in your head?
Oh, I see the video, the tour and the stage design, right down to the lighting when I’m creating music, that’s why my music sounds so explosive. There’s enough chill music out there, you need to wake the fuck up when Bree Runway comes on!
You kill it with the fashion every time so describe your style in three words and tell us what has been your favourite look to date?
Wacky, chic and expensive is how I’ll describe my style. I have too many fave looks, everyday beats another. I think my recent fave look was when I wore a MISBHV T-shirt tied in a knot with some black jeans, and Givenchy shark boots. I love those boots so much, the details of the boots remind me of a Birkin.
What does self-love look like to you currently and how do you practice it?
I think self-love for me is learning to rest. I work very hard. I’m forcing myself to have me-time and more prayer. This year has been very shaky and very uncertain but I know my God is certain and I have leaned on him throughout and haven’t been let down.
What has the year 2020 taught you as person and an artist?
2020 has taught me that as long as you push yourself and just get a little creative, you really can create greatness and make some big noise with little resources. It’s been a perfect time for DIY artists like myself.