Native Los Angeles songstress BIANCA has been working intensely on writing, crafting her sound, recently releasing her first official single: “Eyes On Me.”
We recently spoke to the singer to find out more about her music & happenings. Check it out below!
LoveThisTrack: You hail from LA. Tell us a little bit about how your hometown and upbringing has influenced your love for music.
Bianca: Well I have a background of my parents being separated so at a younger age it was really difficult for me to get around and meet friends. So music was really something that was basically my escape. It was me expressing myself. So I was constantly chasing my dream, writing my music, constantly performing, constantly being interactive as a child because that was my way of escaping the hardship of my family. It was difficult.
LoveThisTrack: You released your first single “I Do What I Want” on SoundCloud about a year ago from today. How would you say your artistry has changed since then?
Bianca: Well, I can definitely say that I’ve been honing on my songwriting. So I can say my harmonies and my songwriting, and just growing up as an individual, and me experiencing life, and just going through different things, it inspires me even more so. And especially being around industry people, that also motivates me and makes me be better and to continuously keep growing.
LoveThisTrack: How would you describe your sound and image?
Bianca: I feel a little badass [laughs]. It’s just me really expressing myself and just not being afraid of saying whatever the hell I wanna say. Going back to me being younger, I was really restricted on what I could say, how I could write, how I could dress, etcetera, etcetera. So now, as I’ve become older and as I’m turning into a woman, now it’s like, what are you gonna tell me? I feel like now, at this point in my life, at this point with my projects, it’s me expressing myself to the fullest as a woman, as an artist, as a musician. And I just want people to find that and find who they are as an individual and be constant with them as I am with myself now.
LoveThisTrack: Given how much you’ve grown and changed, who would you say is your greatest musical influence and why?
Bianca: Parts of my life have had different artists inspiring me. Like for example, Missy Elliott. Man, I shook my ass to Missy Elliott when I was younger! Like that was the first girl I was poppin’ with, and Ciara too. They’ve got that rhythm that’s what I was all about. I was constantly in the hood areas around hood kids and that’s what they were about and I was like, “Oooh, that’s dope, that’s tight.”
LoveThisTrack: Your most recent single “Eyes on Me” has racked up over 3,000 plays on SoundCloud in just over a week. Congratulations on that! What is the significance of this track to you?
Bianca: Thank you! More people need to listen to it! It’s me having fun. It’s my introduction to the universe of being a confident woman. So this song definitely brings out my personality…This is who I am. This is what I’m about. This is what I’m going to create.
LoveThisTrack: Do you have any plans to film a music video for this song?
Bianca: Yes, we’re actually cooking up something right now. It’s gonna be bomb and it’s gonna be sexy, a lot of fun, really outgoing. When you see the visuals, you’ll understand. So I’m really excited for that.
LoveThisTrack: You’re currently working on your debut mixtape, Cool Kids Travel. What’s the process been like creating this project and when should we be expecting it?
Bianca: Well, I’m planning on releasing another song in March for sure. I’m not gonna release it until it’s perfected to the max. But I’m working on this project and I couldn’t be any more grateful. I have a great team behind me and everyone just really puts in the work as well as myself and I’m collaborating with different people.
LoveThisTrack: What is the main message you’re hoping to get across to your fans through your music?
Bianca: I would say just be bold and it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your upbringing is, what you have, what you don’t have. It’s just you being happy with who you are as your own individual…I want people to be bold and feel empowered, especially with everything that’s going on right now.
LoveThisTrack: What artists would you like to collaborate with on future projects?
Bianca: I would like to work with Kehlani, honestly. She is so much fun! She just looks so interesting. I just love her voice, her lyrics, everything…I’m all about girl power and I’d love to cook something up with her.
LoveThisTrack: Do you have any plans to go on tour?
Bianca: Yes. Once this mixtape drops, I’m gonna be in the rehearsal phase and just keep perfecting my performances, going out and branching out in different cities, showing my music. I’m really excited and more anxious for that part. That is gonna be huge. It’s gonna be beautiful. I’m so excited. I’m already dreaming about it: the lights, the fog, the dance!
LoveThisTrack: Tell us your social media where people can find you.
Bianca: My Twitter and Instagram are @biancavarela_ and SoundCloud is @biancavarela as well as YouTube. If you wanna follow me on Snapchat on my crazy adventures it would be varelladevil [laughs] like Cruella de Vil, get it?
Bianca has made quite a bold introduction and is determined to keep all eyes on her. We can’t wait to see where this cool kid’s travels take her!
*Be sure to check out her music, including her latest single “Eyes on Me”, on SoundCloud now.