We had the good fortune of connecting with Bianca Love and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bianca, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
As a musician, you are not only a creator but also an entrepreneur. Apart from doing your best to reach your highest potential musically and continuing to learn and improve your craft, you must also make sure that you are focused on building your brand and your audience as well as your merchandise. The best way to learn how to multi-task and balance your schedule between practicing and marketing your brand is to gain mentors from the best in the industry. A successful mentorship from an artist who has tackled the continually changing music industry will help you to gain direction and learn new skills that you were unaware that you even needed to achieve your goals.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a singer, trumpeter, guitarist and producer – I also dabble in acting and I am a vocal coach. I have played hundreds of venues, festivals and halls over the years, spanning the US, India, and Jamaica. I specialize in soul/bebop/blues.
I think what sets me apart is my journey and perseverance. I’m probably most proud of my growth on the trumpet over the years and how it motivates me to work harder every day.
It’s definitely been immensely challenging to go through the process, but at the end of the day, it’s a process nevertheless. The path came with the blues, and the thing about the blues is that it can’t be gifted without obstacles.
Music has been a saving grace through everything I’ve gone through, in fact I don’t know what I would have been without it.
I have gotten the opportunity to share the stage with numerous revered artists in New Orleans, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles such as Jesse Mcbride (as a part of the Next Generation Band), Mike Gurrola, Maurice Brown, Ben Williams, Kermit Ruffins, Reggie Quinerly, Marilyn Barbarin, Tony Austin, Ruslan Sirota, Roderick Paulin, Maison Guidry, Shea Pierre, Willie Green III, Khris Royal, and plenty more.
My upcoming record, “Seamless,” mixed/mastered by “Bassy” Bob Brockmann (D’angelo, Notorious BIG, Babyface, Tank and the Bangas, The Fugees, Christina Aguilera) is set to release by the end of the year or early 2022.
The single from the record, “TIME,” is produced by Maurice Brown (Anderson Paak, Tedeschi Trucks) and features Ben Williams on bass, Joe Blaxx (and Marcus Gilmore on the reprise) on drums, Takahiro Izumikawa on piano, and Maurice on trumpet.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I really love Koreatown and all the eateries around the area – one of my favorites is the late night eatery, Booliya. It has a beautiful outdoor area and incredible food – including giant, steaming hot bowls of spicy seafood soup among others.
My friends and I recently went to a hole-in-the-wall Peruvian restaurant called Lola’s on Van Nuys that had PHENOMENAL South American food.
My favorite funk jam in the city is Very Good Mondays at Gold Diggers ran by my friend, Alex Wasily (trombonist from Dumpstaphunk). The house band regularly features some of the best funk/soul cats in the industry, and the cocktails are out of this world.
The Rhythm Room is a venue that I’ve really been enjoying in DTLA which also has REALLY good food as well as a soul/funk jam session on Thursdays that allow professional musicians to come and play.
Finally, I always enjoy going hiking near Glendale or going to the beach near Malibu – or even a stroll through the Rose Garden next to UCLA. 🙂
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m going to shoutout to one of my mentors and bandleaders, New Orleans pianist Jesse McBride, for always directing me towards the right path in my music career.
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