I know I’m late to the party. Veronica Bianqui has been all over the L.A. music scene for years. You’ve probably already seen her shred with The Blank Tapes. She has sung with Jail Weddings and toured all over with Isaac Rother & The Phantoms. Lollipop Records just put out her latest release, Aah, Paris…, on cassette this past July.
Veronica’s music scratches that itch most modern artists just can’t reach. She’s got the pipes, the fuzz, and the soul. Her tracks hook you in with that coveted California Sound and killer choruses. Before you know it the songs over and you need more! We caught up with Ms. Bianqui last week while she was on the road.
HappeingInDTLA: I love “Aah, Paris…” The horns, the French, the groove, it’s so good! Who are some of your influences?
Bianqui: That song in particular was directly influenced by 60’s French Pop artists such as Jacqueline Taieb, France Gall and Arlette Zola. I love classic soul like Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin. I’m also influenced by modern songwriters such as Ty Segall.
How long have you been writing songs?
I wrote my first song when I was about 8. It was a remake of a T-Boz song (from TLC) dedicated to her when I found out she had an illness. The original was called “Touch Myself” but I changed it to “Be Myself” kinda risqué song to be listening to at that age, but eh…
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Has your writing process changed at all from being in your past bands to now as a solo artist?
I’ve always been a solo artist first. But, yes, playing in bands has definitely affected my songwriting in that now as I’m writing, I’m taking the other players a lot more into consideration. I used to write songs with way more tempo and time signature changes. I was the only one playing them, so I could bend and morph time and improvise more. My songs are still often fairly asymmetrical with lots of parts, but still much more cohesive than previously.
Do you have any plans for a full length in the works?
I’ve had this EP recorded for a while now, and will eventually release the whole thing. Likely early 2017. I’m considering just recording a few more tracks and making it a full length. Any labels interested? Hit me up.
Is there anything you’d like to see change in the L.A. music scene? Or music in general?
Just play from the heart.
Do you have any advice for the boys and girls out there, picking up instruments and starting bands?
Create your reality. Don’t have a backup plan. Follow your gut. Envision your future regularly. And have gratitude.
What are some of your favorite songs/albums right now?
Sam Cooke – Night Beat
Pulp – Common People
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What’s coming up next for you?
Releasing a video for my recent single “Aah, Paris…” Very soon! New single after that….