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Stephanie Braganza: Producing “Metaphorical” Music

Posted on 01 April 2011 by admin

“Technology has really helped to educate people…a lot of technology (ex: mobile phones, pda’s) can hinder the attention span of young people. Children aren’t learning to interact with each other the same way as they did ten years ago.”

“I don’t think that “attractive looks” are as important as “image/brand looks”. Image is important because people come to see you, not only to hear you,” she tells Generation Next.

“It’s much easier to promote to an audience..however, because it’s easy for EVERYONE, there’s much more competition and information overload, so people sometimes pay less attention to the information around them.”

Stephanie Braganza is a name that is gaining recognition in the music industry. With a BA in Music from Humber College, she is trained in Jazz and Classical music with focus on R&B/funk music.
She is one of the few in the South Asian music industry who have a degree in music. But her belief is that many times performers become serious in music only “after they went to school for a different subject,” she tells Generation Next.
To be unique “I go with the flow of the audience. I try to encourage my band to play along to the “vibe” of the show, so each performance is different,” she says.
Today’s generation rocks on digital media with social media websites as means to get initial publicity. Is it a good thing or bad?
In Stephanie’s opinion it’s both. “It’s much easier to promote to an audience..however, because it’s easy for EVERYONE, there’s much more competition and information overload, so people sometimes pay less attention to the information around them.”
There are far too many songs one can name that lost public’s attention in less than six months of their release. Is it because they were of inferior quality?
“To compete, music still has to be superior in production,” believes Stephanie.
Do looks matter in her business?
“I don’t think that “attractive looks” are as important as “image/brand looks”. Image is important because people come to see you, not only to hear you,” she tells Generation Next.
Stephanie has studied with such greats as Juno award winner Rik Emmett (Triumph), Pat LaBarbera, and Trish Colter. She has been invited to sing with rap artist Belly and Ginuwine at the Muchmusic Video Awards and at hot clubs throughout Ontario.For Stephanie, her album “Unexpected” has many elements of the music that has inspired her over the years. “ Since it was my first album, it was very experimental so it’s difficult to categorize it. Musically, some of the influences range anywhere from Bjork, Kraftwerk, Nine Inch Nails, to Madonna or even Aqua. I would say my greatest influences growing up are Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Whitney Houston. I try not to limit what genres I sing though,” she reflects.
“Musically there are South Asian influences. As a performer, my show would come across more Westernized,” she tells Generation Next.
Her background is as diverse as her music.
Goan by heritage, Stephanie was born in Kingston, Ontario. Her father was a Goan born in Nairobi, Kenya, but his parents came from Porvorim and Colvale in Bardez, Goa. Her mother was born in Kampala, Uganda, and her parents came from Marjorda and Vasco in Salcete, Goa. “In 1972, my mother and her parents had to flee her country of birth (Uganda) during the “Asian Expulsion” by Idi Amin. They were fortunate that Canada welcomed them as “Uganda Refugees,”” she tells us.
While Stephanie’s parents “worry about the future of the music business,” they are supportive of Stephanie’s career choice.
With regards to social issues among youth, Stephanie feels that “ technology has really helped to educate people…a lot of technology (ex: mobile phones, pda’s) can hinder the attention span of young people. Children aren’t learning to interact with each other the same way as they did ten years ago.”
For her music is metaphorical that has “to do with society’s struggle with the pursuit of happiness, and its after-effects – such as escapism.”
She is hoping to do charity shows in support of raising funds for animal shelters, and spreading awareness about animal abuse.
She encourages people to Check out more online at www.stephanieb.ca  or download the Stephanie B app for iPhone.

Stephanie Braganza is a name that is gaining recognition in the music industry. With a BA in Music from Humber College, she is trained in Jazz and Classical music with focus on R&B/funk music. She is one of the few in the South Asian music industry who have a degree in music. But her belief is that many times performers become serious in music only “after they went to school for a different subject,” she tells Generation Next. To be unique “I go with the flow of the audience. I try to encourage my band to play along to the “vibe” of the show, so each performance is different,” she says. Today’s generation rocks on digital media with social media websites as means to get initial publicity. Is it a good thing or bad? In Stephanie’s opinion it’s both. “It’s much easier to promote to an audience..however, because it’s easy for EVERYONE, there’s much more competition and information overload, so people sometimes pay less attention to the information around them.” There are far too many songs one can name that lost public’s attention in less than six months of their release. Is it because they were of inferior quality?“To compete, music still has to be superior in production,” believes Stephanie. Do looks matter in her business? “I don’t think that “attractive looks” are as important as “image/brand looks”. Image is important because people come to see you, not only to hear you,” she tells Generation Next. Stephanie has studied with such greats as Juno award winner Rik Emmett (Triumph), Pat LaBarbera, and Trish Colter. She has been invited to sing with rap artist Belly and Ginuwine at the Muchmusic Video Awards and at hot clubs throughout Ontario.For Stephanie, her album “Unexpected” has many elements of the music that has inspired her over the years. “ Since it was my first album, it was very experimental so it’s difficult to categorize it. Musically, some of the influences range anywhere from Bjork, Kraftwerk, Nine Inch Nails, to Madonna or even Aqua. I would say my greatest influences growing up are Michael Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Whitney Houston. I try not to limit what genres I sing though,” she reflects. “Musically there are South Asian influences. As a performer, my show would come across more Westernized,” she tells Generation Next.Her background is as diverse as her music. Goan by heritage, Stephanie was born in Kingston, Ontario. Her father was a Goan born in Nairobi, Kenya, but his parents came from Porvorim and Colvale in Bardez, Goa. Her mother was born in Kampala, Uganda, and her parents came from Marjorda and Vasco in Salcete, Goa. “In 1972, my mother and her parents had to flee her country of birth (Uganda) during the “Asian Expulsion” by Idi Amin. They were fortunate that Canada welcomed them as “Uganda Refugees,”” she tells us. While Stephanie’s parents “worry about the future of the music business,” they are supportive of Stephanie’s career choice. With regards to social issues among youth, Stephanie feels that “ technology has really helped to educate people…a lot of technology (ex: mobile phones, pda’s) can hinder the attention span of young people. Children aren’t learning to interact with each other the same way as they did ten years ago.” For her music is metaphorical that has “to do with society’s struggle with the pursuit of happiness, and its after-effects – such as escapism.” She is hoping to do charity shows in support of raising funds for animal shelters, and spreading awareness about animal abuse.She encourages people to Check out more online at www.stephanieb.ca  or download the Stephanie B app for iPhone.

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