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INTERVIEW: Bianca Ingram

Hi Bianca, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey!! I’ve been great! My life is blessed so I can’t complain.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “What I Want”?

My latest single “What I Want” is one of my more up-tempo, fun, dance songs. I tend to  write more mid-tempo R&B style songs, but my producer, who also happens to be my brother, Kyle Ingram, challenged me and pushed me outside of my comfort zone to make a record that would get people moving in the clubs. I’m so glad that he pushed me to write to this track because it came out great and I would listen to it, even if it wasn’t my song!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I always write about my truth, and express my rawest emotions through my music. This particular song was born out of a very frustrating period in my life, even though it sounds so fun. An ex-boyfriend was always contradicting himself and I just really wished he would stop being so difficult and do things right, because I was feeling very used and toyed with. So I actually wrote this song from his perspective which is low-key kind of shady but it made for a great story!

How was the film experience?

My brother Kyle, and I directed this video together. Beyond just co-directing, I did the set design, costume designs, the styling, the casting, and the choreography, so it required a lot of pre-planning, because I wanted to be able to be focused on my performance the day of! A couple of days before the shoot our venue had a major incident and we had to switch from a morning shoot to an evening shoot and reschedule all the actors and adjust the shooting schedule because we also lost a few hours and that was pretty stressful, but we managed and made it work. Thankfully most of the actors were able to switch to the new shoot schedule so that was helpful in that we didn’t have to find a lot of new people in a short time span. The cast was amazing… they took direction so well, we all had fun, and the dancers learned the choreo the day of, literally minutes before we filmed! My mom, dad, cousin and best friend were all on set helping everything to run smoothly and without them there’s no way we would’ve been able to make the video that we did. All in all, we shot the entire video in about 6 hours, and for anyone who knows anything about shooting a video that’s a tight window!

The single comes off your new album Assimilation – what’s the story behind the title?

I chose the title Assimilation because my debut album was titled Linguistics which is the study of a language. I felt like with that project I was discovering my own language as a writer and young woman. Now 4 years later, I know that youth is the time for assimilation of wisdom and as you get older you apply it. I’m aware that I’m writing my songs about my life experiences. I’m fully taking in life around me and I’m absorbing it and putting it all into my music. I also read a definition of assimilation that said “assimilation is when two sounds come together and change or melt into a new sound” and that perfectly describes my music. It’s a unique meld of genres that is, as I like to call it, “space jungle”.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording and writing process is always fun and therapeutic for me! My studio is right in my home, so I couldn’t be any more comfortable. My brother sends me a bunch of tracks and I write to the ones that speak to me and then we go downstairs and record them all. There’s a couple songs on this project that Rakim Harris and Aaron Thomas wrote and produced for me and even though I don’t normally do songs that other people write for me, they were so fire, I had to have them! And they made these records specifically for me, so how could I say no?  I love those guys!

How has your upbringing have influence your music?

I come from a Grammy Award- winning family of musicians, writers, and producers. My aunts were “The Sweeties”, the most recorded background vocalists ever! My dad, Butch Ingram, is the reason we always had a studio in the house…he’s a producer, writer, AMA winning engineer, and owner of Society Hill Records. I grew up in the industry, and singing background for heavy hitters. I always had a stage to showcase my talent because of the family business. I was blessed to be surrounded by people who understood my dream and passion and to be given the opportunities to bring my dream to life.

What aspect of the space are you trying to capture in your sound?

I think I have the potential to create my own space in this industry with my unique sound. There’s nobody out there that really sounds like, looks like and performs like me. I’m creating my own niche and although it’s a little bit harder to blaze a new trail, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

To put it simply, my songs are basically my diary. It’s all personal experiences.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely! I fully plan on doing a national tour and international tour soon! I can’t wait to meet all my new “Bianculars” worldwide!

What else is happening next in Bianca Ingram’s world?

In July I have a new EP Sentient that I’ll be releasing along with 3 new music videos! I’m also working on designing more exclusive merch for my Bianculars 100B+ line! The bomber jackets sold out so fast! This summer I’ll be at a lot of the music festivals and I’ll be performing at a few as well! But to keep up with everything I’m doing everyone can subscribe to my website at www.whoisbianca.com and follow me on social media at IG: @whoisbianca : Twitter :@who_is_bianca

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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