Providence producer and MC's inventive debut EP is an "unapologetic ode" to her younger self
Photos by Therry Michel
Iris Creamer, who also goes by CREAMER or her given name Aura Moreno, signs her emails with the byline “a brown producer.” Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Moreno has been writing songs since she was 9 and making beats since she was 15. After releasing a stream of songs online over the past two years, this month she self-released her debut EP, DENIM which has already garnered some national media attention for the 21 year old. Channeling the energy and confidence of Princess Nokia with the melodies and vocal styles of Junglepussy, the EP is an open door for us to walk through with excitement and hope for the future of brown producers.
Carving out space for brown musicians is often met with heavy resistance. Iris Creamer gracefully swims against that tide of skepticism, tired rhymes, and staid production. She’s always had a knack for smooth, minimal beats, and the EP shows a great leap forward in her abilities. The crisp production spans from the breezy 90s feel of “Pink Pistol II” to the bubbly electro of “Golden Girls.” Lyrically, Moreno is defiant throughout the record, shutting everyone down who stands in her way of achieving her goals or having a good time. On album closer “Fish in the Tank,” she helps heal our broken confidence, exclaiming, “You gotta wear what you wanna wear when you wear it, do what you gotta do when you gotta do it, saying anything that’s on your mind- at all times, build some aspirations, follow your dreams.” From Providence, Rhode Island and beyond, Iris Creamer is no doubt meant to be followed.
VICTORIA RUIZ: What has your experience as a musician been?
Being a musician is kind of strange to me because it wasn’t something I planned on taking seriously; I was always focused on breaking out as an actress. But the experience has been really cool so far! It’s still unbelievable that i’m being given the opportunity to demonstrate my craft so I’ve just been taking it all in and trying to enjoy myself.
What’s behind DENIM? What kinds of themes are you calling upon and exploring?
The roots of DENIM begin with who I was as a teenager and end with the freedom I’ve found in the years since. I was always being teased and called out of my name or because I had different interests, which lead me to hide a lot of myself. Later on, I began to accept my oneness and chose to flaunt it through clothing – and jean anything was my favorite! So on this album there’s no conformity or filter, it’s just me unapologetically as an ode to my younger self. As for themes, I’m definitely calling on Love and Empowerment.
You released your album around the date of your Father’s Birthday. He must be so incredibly proud of you. Is the album dedicated to him?
Thank you so much. Every move I’ve made and will make is dedicated to him. He was such a light and never let anything steer him from what he sought. He was with me through every creative phase i’ve had and there’s no way I would’ve had the confidence to explore without his infinite support and belief in me.
Your mom comes to a lot of your shows in Providence! She has so much energy and love for you and your art. Does she impact or inspire your music?
Without a doubt! My mom is a woman who dances to the beat of her own drum. She’s impacted more than just my music – I draw a lot of my personality from her.
One of my favorite tracks on the EP is GOLDEN GIRL, could you share a little bit of the message behind it?
There are a few messages behind GOLDEN GIRL. On the intro ‘I know I’m a golden girl, I’m not yours though’ is an affirmation of like, “I belong to myself, I will always belong to myself.” It also has to do with the agendas some folks have, like you’re not going to cash in on me, you know? Then the verse on the song is about recognizing your value and not settling for anything less than what you deserve.