Rikki Brest is a proudly South-African multi-talented artist, with an amazing repertoire of skills covering the entertainment industry.
At 5 years old, Rikki started dancing. She focused on Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Funk and hip-hop. Later choreographing for shows as well as performing in many, Rikki qualified as a contemporary dancing teacher in 2004.
In 1998 Rikki started playing drums, took it as a subject at school, and went on to get a distinction in her Matric year for the subject.
After school, Rikki went to study Sound Engineering and Music Performance at COPA (Campus of Performing Arts) majoring in Drums, while also lecturing ‘Stage Craft’. It was here that Rikki co-founded ‘Chix with Stix’. An all-girl percussion trio that performed together for 9 years in the industry. Rikki has played drums for many prestigious bands, and toured the country with some of the top musicians in SA.
Rikki went on to study a BCom Marketing degree, after which she worked as Operations Manager at a media and advertising company. She then went on to work as Junior Brand Manager and Trade Marketer of an FMCG company who serviced many respected brands.
As Rikki’s career grew she was cast in a number of music videos and television commercials, and in 2010 Rikki made her first appearance on the big screen as the female lead in the SA made movie ‘Eternity’.
2011 was a calendar-filled year, Rikki was filmed in an international TV Series called ‘Clifton Shores’ in which she is one of three lead South African cast members, which was aired in 2012 on local channels as well as internationally. She also had the pleasure of presenting a TV show on Super Sport called F1-X Chronicles. Rikki hosted her very own radio show on 91.9 RockFM for over a year.
In 2012, Rikki was invited to present the Top Gear Festival in Durban as the pit lane reporter and track presenter together with the legendary presenters, and Tiff Needell. This year she also temporarily joined the cast of the local soap Isidingo. Since then she has also appeared in Generations, and 7 De Laan, and many more.
In 2013 Rikki launched her DJ career and has played at many launches, clubs and events alongside some of the industry’s best.
She also officially opened ‘Beat That Drum School’ where she has teachers that teach the drum syllabus that she has created. She has also developed a self-learning syllabus.
In 2014 Rikki presented for the Super GP series on Super Sport. Rikki presented seasons 3 – 9 of the car show Petrolheads on Ignition TV on DSTV until 2016.
In recent years Rikki developed a Marketing Syllabus geared towards the entertainment industry, and is currently lecturing the subject to the 3rd year students at the Academy of Sound Engineering.