Bianca Blanc is a singer/songwriter, hailing from Centurion, Pretoria who will be attending Music Exchange in Cape Town next week from 1 to 2 September 2018 and sharing her story of how she got onto the Deezer Next priority campaign.
With an amazing voice and passion for music, she writes in English and Afrikaans, shaping her tunes on either the guitar or the ukelele with a keen sense of musicality.
Her first single Butterflies hit the airwaves nationwide at the end of 2017 burning up the 5FM Top 10 at 10 Pop chart at the No. 1 position for a remarkable 12 weeks.
Blanc is set to release her self-titled debut album in September 2018. All My Life is the much anticipated follow up single to Bianca Blanc's debut hit Butterflies.
Blanc signed to Just Music in June 2017, and Deezer recently announced Bianca Blanc as the Deezer NEXT priority act for South Africa. Deezer NEXT is an artist first programme designed to champion emerging talent from around the world and Blanc will be showcasing her story at Music Exchange.
I spoke to Bianca last week to find out more about what music means to her and what she enjoys most abou the work she does…
When are you happiest?
I am the happiest when surrounded by loved ones whilst listening to GOOD music. When going to a music festival, like Innibos or Splashy Fen, or even a one day show like Jacaranda Day or Joburg Day.
What does music mean to you?
Music is a part of me – it’s a part of my lifestyle. Not a day goes by when I don’t listen to, or play music, so to me music means peace and safety.
What drives you – ego or humility?
I would say humility. My family has always helped me to stay grounded. It’s important to know how small you really are, and how much there is still to learn.
I grew up listening to amazing music, and I’ve been inspired by many artists. Ed Sheeran, Karen Zoid, Francois van Coke, The Beatles and Ella Fitzgerald are all people I look up to, and have for years.
It’s your round, what are you drinking?
Probably Coke or Cola Tonic and Lemonade. If it’s cold, tea. I have a hiatus hernia so any alcohol is off the table, even bubbly.
What would be your dream gig to do?
To be on the main stage at Splashy Fen, with an awesome band. Or opening for Ed Sheeran in March 2019!
What makes you stand out?
I think girls in the music industry who play guitar are rare, I don’t see many girls do what I do and I think that makes me special, also the fact that I write and perform my own songs.
If you were not a musician, what would you do?
Well, I plan on studying next year to become a special needs teacher. I think if I weren’t a musician I would already be studying. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher too, I just didn’t know what I wanted to teach until we had special needs kids in the family.
Pick five words to describe yourself?
Forgetful Clumsy Adventurous Caring Compassionate
Which song changed your life?
Believe it or not, All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor. I struggled with accepting my body, I was self-concious. That song helped me see that I should be happy with myself, flaws and all. It made me feel confident in my own skin.
What is your favorite word?
Squishy, purely for the line in Finding Nemo: “I shall call him squishy and he shall be mine, and he shall be my squishy.”
Favorite fashion garment?
Shoes, by far. I have more pairs than I care to admit. To me, confidence comes easy in a pair of amazing shoes.
Your greatest achievement?
So far, getting a record deal and recording a full album, also getting my first single, Butterflies, to the top of the 5fm Pop Chart.
What is your fear?
SPIDERS. I cannot stand even the smallest spiders – I break into a hysterical cry whenever I’m near a spider. I can’t help it.
What do you tend to do on stage?
Play my heart out, show my true self and sing out my true feelings. I try to connect with my audience, give them something to relate to.
Where would you like to be right now?
Right where I am. I’m in a very good place in my life. I have my dream career, people who love and support me.
Wishes and dreams for 2018?
I would love to do a collaboration with a well known South African musician, I think it would be a fantastic learning experience. Also, I want my album to be accepted and loved by people, because I’m putting my heart on my sleeve – I hope someone out there shares the same emotions that I do.
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