Sudan Archives — a.k.a. self-taught violinist and singer Brittney Denise Parks — brings a new perspective to the Los Angeles music scene. Fresh, avant-garde and totally different, Sudan Archives’ sound blazes trails, layering both percussive and melodic violin on top of rich samples, raw-yet-confident lyrics and a flawless groove. So we weren’t surprised when her set at our new Silver Lake store was packed with good vibes and tons of locals — so much so that the crowd spilled out into the street. Even better, the crowd love went both ways; Sudan Archives was more than happy to come back for an encore. Keep scrolling for a visual recap of the night, plus find out where Sudan Archives got her first pair of Docs — and which video she wears them in.
What’s unique about playing a show in LA versus other cities?
I started making music in LA so it’s always a gratifying experience.
What do you hope people take away from your performances?
I hope that people take away a feeling or use my music as an escape for whatever they are going through.
What are you most excited about in your music right now?
I’m excited to experiment with different producers to push my limits as an artist. It’s important to me to evolve and to keep trying out new things. Music has given me so many opportunities to travel which has become my new favorite hobby and I’m looking forward to meeting new people on tour.
Who did you see at your first music concert? Where was it? How old were you?
My first concert was an India Arie in Cincinnati, OH. I was 17 years old.
What’s your fondest musical memory from the last year?
My fondest musical memory from last year was making beats in a room I used to rent out in highland park before going to work.
Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens.
I got my first pair of Dr Martens in Japan. I never had a pair before and always wanted a pair. They were black and shiny and very comfortable. It’s really hard finding shoes in my size, but Dr. Martens always has mine. I wore them in my latest music video “Nont 4 Sale”, and still have them.