Brittany Campbell: Darth Vader’s True Love Who Sings About “Big Ol’ Titties”

“Big ol’ titties, big ol’ titties, big ol’ titties!” Brittany Campbell encouraged the crowd at Brooklyn, NY’s, House of Vans to chant. It’s the name of one of the five songs she and her band (Joe Etzine on guitar and Julian Edmond on drums), along with guest artist Redddaz, performed. The venue was packed, intimate, and full of head-nodders and shoulder-boppers. “I thought I was in Brooklyn!” she shouted to loosen the group up. That did the trick.

Brittany, born and raised on Flatbush, actually began her career as an opera singer. She was 7 years old when one of her catholic school teachers randomly enrolled her into an opera competition that she later won. At age 14, however, she decided to explore other genres and has been experimenting ever since. In the midst of trying to find her sound, Brittany created a unique and quite ambiguous one of her own. So Gutsy chatted with her about her sound, as well as her current album Heroes.

So Gutsy: Did you have a favorite song to perform tonight?

Brittany Campbell: Umm… I guess, right now, it’s “Sexy Darth Vader” just because it’s like [dances].

SG: Yeah, I can tell. 

BC: Well, at first, I wrote that song, [it] was kind of a joke because I had a thing for Darth Vader, literally, when I was a little kid [laughs].

SG: Wait, you thought Darth Vader was cute?

BC: Yeah, he was my boo [laughs]. I was like: yes, this is my man, so I wrote the song, [as a] kind of a joke, but then I was like, there’s a Darth Vader in every man.

SG: What do you mean by that?

BC: Okay, I’m about to get really geeky.

SG: Okay.

BC: Darth Vader is the hero of Star Wars. People don’t know that, but yes, he restores balance to the whole galaxy. Anyway, the fact of the matter is that Darth Vader is really like a misunderstood character—just kind of dark and paranoid—and I think there’s lot’s of [insecurities]. I think there’s lot’s of guys that kind of mess up relationships -not meaning to- because of their insecurities. They let that hinder things in the relationship, so [the song] kind of became about that. And the relationship that I had at the time was reflective of that.

SG: How would you describe your music?

BC: I can’t make up my mind, I don’t know. My friend called me urban pop, and I was like “okay…”

SG: I don’t want to call you pop though.

BC: Yeah, it’s not really pop. I just gather from all sorts of things, you know? I’m Jamaican, so I’m like yes, with the Caribbean flavors. I also really like pop music. I really like rock and R&B.

SG: And you pretty much did everything for your album, right? 

BC: Yes.

SG: The writing, the producing, and you also play instruments.

BC: Yeah, yeah. I play guitar, bass, and piano on my album.

SG: So, what was the inspiration behind your album?

BC: Behind Heroes [brief pause]. Well, at first, I wrote it at an angry time because I was really broke, and I was like “Fuuuck [thinking], what am I doing with this music thing?” And all my friends around me are kind of in the same boat, so I decided to name it Heroes after us, after the struggling artists who keep it alive, even though it’s not really a good [laughs] lifestyle. It’s uncomfortable really, [that] is the best word for it. But there’s something to be said for doing what you believe in, even [going] through that. The inspiration was just [about] relationships that I have been in [and] that I kind of drew from. I often choose love as my topic just because I think it’s really powerful, and I’m old school in that way, which I just think it’s true magic.

Get a glimpse of that magic from her new video “Heroes,” which she animated herself, and from clips of her performing “Sexy Darth Vader” and “Number 1” at House of Vans.