Puerto Rican artist Audri Nix is on the cusp of something big. Her new EP, El Nuevo Orden Vol. 1, is an ethereal blend of hip-hop, trance, trap, and undeniably boricua sounds. It’s not only a testament to her talent, it’s a bird’s eye view into the current climate on her island’s musical scene — it’s blossoming. The 21-year-old lets us in on that brand new ish.
Your new EP, El Nuevo Orden Vol.1, sounds like a mix of M.I.A. and Mala Rodriguez with a millennial twist.
I have been working on it for a year. [My producer] Overlord and I wanted to make sure that the final project was exactly what we wanted it to be. We do not mind taking our time, and I think that we really evolved. I am not sure when I came up with the name or the order for it—but I do remember that I said, “My first EP will have a ‘Volume 1’ in the name, because I want to release a Volume 2 after it.” I came up with “New Order” because I wanted people to know that I wanted to change the rules, change the perception and because I am a girl and there is no other girl in Puerto Rico doing it.
How did you link up with Overlord?
Oh it’s funny, because I was in high school when I first heard Overlord. It was five years ago and I did my Soundcloud account and started listening to a bunch of hip-hop people in Puerto Rico. Somehow, I found Overlord and I don’t even remember how…when I find people like that from the island, I go crazy. I have to meet them. I remember listening to his tape and let me tell you, Overlord has always been a genius. He has always had crazy, amazing sounds that no one on the island has ever heard before. I went to follow him on Facebook and followed him on Twitter and all of that. Eventually, I had this boyfriend that knew him and was really close friends with him. It was my birthday and he got Overlord to play at my birthday—it was like my birthday gift. So that is where we connected, when I met him in person and said, “Hey, can we work?” and he was like, “Okay, okay.”
In the early 2000s hip-hop was at odds with reggaeton in Puerto Rico. How has the climate changed?
Well, the scene right now is very different from the scene in 2004. Let me tell you, we are creating the “new form,” here on the island. It’s funny and scary how we are creating this from the bottom. Hip-hop has always been a big thing here in Puerto Rico. We are bringing the new form of it and we have taken the American sound and made it our own. It’s ours now. People think that here in Puerto Rico, we’re not capable of doing what other artists can do. We can do it because we have so many producers that are making waves just like any other producer in the world. Right now, there are so many rappers here in Puerto Rico that is doing what I am doing. We are creating this new sound- this new type of music that we want to make popular around the world. Not only in Puerto Rico, but everywhere.
Seeing Kanye West’s recent breakdown on social media does it scare you? Meaning this artist is at the apex of the culture and it seems like he’s losing it.
I think that everyone that is in music and involved in the arts are crazy [laughs]. It’s just that, a few of us decide to do air out things on Twitter and the others don’t. I am a person that does not like social media even though it doesn’t look like it because I am always using it. Let me tell you, I absolutely do not like social media at all. I think that art should always be pure.