The world of ladies who are looking to make it in pop music, especially in L.A., is saturated and quite competitive. But for BIANCA, making music is a natural form of expression, and down-to-earth pastimes like chilling, smoking and hanging out are a normal part of life. This gives her an edge over those who disingenuously try to fit in. She has had her share of dark experiences, and rather than hide from them, she uses them to fuel her creative expression. We chatted up BIANCA about her up-and-coming career and the support she has for cannabis.
How did you get started making music?
When I was eight years old I got my first guitar. I started learning how to play and write little, simple songs in my diary. As I got older My father’s friend, Al Baca, would come over a lot and he would teach me how to songwrite. He helped me learn how to improvise and showed me different songwriting formats. He would come over three times a week and we’d jam out together. That’s when I learned my passion for songwriting.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say my sound is smooth, sweet, melodic and hard-hitting.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
I have a few: Missy Elliott, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Alanis Morissette, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Alicia Keys and Pharrell. Each artist can create a body of work beautifully. I get excited and I enjoy seeing their visuals and listening to their albums from the beginning to end, back-to-back.
Do you have anything new you want to announce as far as touring, recording, etc. goes?
Yes! I’m actually releasing my first project soon! It’s called CoolKidsTravel. I’ve been working on this project for about two years now. I’m excited!
You recently did a song, “Light it Up,” that focuses on smoking and is a good anthem to smoke to. What inspired this?
“Light it Up” was actually inspired by a past relationships my best friend at the time and I were in. I wanted to show visually how it was like to be in a lost, dark relationship. I was so lost and in love that it didn’t matter what we were doing or how I was being treated. When you’re in love with someone you lose your sense of respect for yourself and that isn’t okay. It could also be vibed to if you’re in a lighthearted mood.
Was this the first time you worked cannabis into your music as a theme, or is this a recurring theme for you?
Yes this is my first time and it will be a recurring theme in my music and visually. CoolKidsTravel is about finding myself through the party scene and in relationships. These past years have been dark for me and I wanted to share my experiences and the process of finding myself.
How do you feel about legalization so far? What could be done better or differently?
It’s exciting! I never would have thought it would be legalized. A lot of people shame on it but I think it’s great.
How has cannabis impacted your life and/or your creative process?
It’s a love and hate relationship for me only because I sing. I try not to smoke as much so I could keep my vocal range. I would mostly smoke when I songwrite. It helps me relax and my thoughts run wild. It’s always a good vibe when there some shweeed in the room.
What is your favorite strain or cannabis product?
For sure Indica! I love to feel relaxed and mellow. My energy is already high up there and indica does level me out. Lately I have been on edibles because I want to protect my vocals. I love KushyPunch indica or hybrid; it does the job for me. I highly recommend it if you have a high tolerance.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
If you haven’t checked out my music video “Light It Up,” go check that out and make sure to like and subscribe. You could also interact with me on social media! Thank you for having me.
Artist Name: BIANCA
Location: Los Angeles, California
Most Recent/Upcoming Album: CoolKidsTravel