BVNK has just released his first track of the year, entitled Situations.
BVNK was born in Nigeria, raised in the UK, and now resides in North America, and his exciting genre-fusing music of R&B, hip-hop, and melodic rap, with indie sensibilities sprinkled on top, is a testament of his global world view and life experiences.
Situations is the first single from his forthcoming debut EP titled ‘XX/XX’, which comes on the back of two introductory mixtapes which were released last year, and birthed fan-favourite tracks like Promises and Save Me, among others.
AC: Let’s talk about your new single Situations. What does the track mean to you?
BVNK: It’s an introspective of my past experiences in relationships. Oftentimes, I felt I was right. I looked inward and it dawned on me finally that in any relationship, it’s about two people, not one person. I usually make music about what I feel and it was only right to talk about it. It’s helped me heal and given me a new perspective.
In the studio, do you have a fear you’d like to conquer?
I overthink my work, I over critique my work. It’s a curse and a blessing. Sometimes I want to leave my Vocals just the way it is. I’m working on it…
What about outside of the studio?
I’ll love to be more open. Very expressive. Share more about me. I carry myself as a top-secret and life shouldn’t be that serious.
Where does the creation of a song begin for you?
I need to connect with the beat and all the elements. Once I connect, the beat speaks to me and I just let it out. It’s always easy once the beat speaks to me.
Who do you feel inspired by in the music industry?
J.Cole, Drake, Wale, H.E.R, Summer Walker and more recently Chika. I love music with substance. Anyone that has a solid message.
As a music artist, what are you still trying to learn?
I’m trying to unlock the full potential of my voice. I’ll love to invest in a voice coach.
Everyone seems to have an app idea at the moment, what’s yours?
The second thing I’m passionate about is Tech and app development. Currently working on my app in the payment industry. It’s a cool way to pay for things. Stress-free.
How important is social media to you right now?
I see social media as a tool to reach people and deliver my music as a product it is. I don’t take it seriously, I don’t dwell on it. A lot of times social media is a virtual world painted with glamor. I’m not moved by what people drive or post. I’m just about my own happiness and growth.
Ahead of a gig, do you have any pre-show rituals?
So far, I’ve performed to myself in the mirror! I’m practicing though. Prayers, taking deep breaths. I can’t wait to do it all.
What do you want the world to look like in 10 years?
A place where people are less judged. A place where people pay attention to the planet.
If you had the chance to put something on billboards worldwide next week, what would it be? Or what would it say?
“The world is your stage, LIVE!”
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