Interview with Onika Best, by Mark Frieser.
Q: Tell us about yourself – how did you come into your choice to be a professional musician?
A: I am a born Bermudian. A Barbadian by decent as my father is Barbadian, and I am an African by right and heritage.  I love people and music.  I was born a musician, then became a musician in 1994.
Q: What was the moment that you said to yourself that you were going to make the choice to go into music?
A: When my father told me not to work he will support me and told me to work on my craft as a drummer and a vocalist.
Q: What inspires you musically? What inspires you as an artist in general? What musicians influenced you?
A: Observing life inspires me musically and artistically on a whole. I observe life and write about it. My influences are my father, Prince, Nina Simone and Abba.
Q: what have been the challenges for you as an artist from Barbados?  And what advantages has it given you?
A: My challenges are that living in Barbados as a Bermudian with a Bermudian accent, although through my father I see myself as a Barbadian.  My advantage is also my father, because he has paved a way for many of Barbados talent and he is the King of the drum.  So I am still treated like royalty and with respect overall.
Q:  Tell us about your music. (we’ll play music in the final cut of the podcast at this time)
A: My music is an extension of who I am. When I get a song I get the lyrics the music and the arrangements at the same time.   I don’t have a genre really because the genre I choose has not been genre-ized as yet. I call my music Earth Roots Jazz.   The earth is the color of the music Roots is where it derives from and jazz (shit) lol…that is my vocals.
Q: How have you built your fan base? How do you connect with them?
A: I have not built a fan base or a connection.  People generally connect with me, because I always have something to say that is nurturing…generally when they find out I do music they treat me a little nicer even when they are already nice….i think that has been a booboo for me not having a fan base.  Then again I am aware of how the industry works.
Q: Have you been able to get your music used for tv/films/ad?
A: No, and the dynamics in Barbados does not allow it..and it is who you know. But I do have about a million voices..lol
Q: What do you think about the potential of scoring music for film/tv/games or an ad as an artist? Is that something that you’d be interested in?
A: Oh Mark….i am so interested in that you could not imagine…it is actually a passion. When a really good movie is on, I turn down the volume and I score it myself..lol..
Q: What do you think about the potential of licensing your music to help you promote your career and your music?
A:  It makes sense to license it but I have not done so as yet, mainly because I do not have a publisher and I have not made myself the publisher.
Q: What are you looking for in your career at this time?
A: The masses Mark. And if I could achieve such a thing and be comfortable I would be a very happy woman..lol
Q: How can people get more of your music?
A: They can go to Itunes and punch in Onika Best. It is only one song on Itunes but it is there. You can go to https://onikabestproductions.com and there is music there and information. You can also you tube Onika Best and I will come up…..in truth I am the only Onika Best in the whole of the internet…isn’t that cool..lol