Binky

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My Real name is Bianca Jade Hallett, I was born in Orsett, Essex, on the 25th October 1992. I have been singing and performing since the day I could walk. I have always loved anything that involved music, dancing or drama. I attended Lambourne Primary School in Abridge, whilst also attending the theatre train academy throughout my junior years, performing in shows across the UK including The Royal Albert Hall. I then went onto Debden Park High School, which specialises in the arts. I studied, music, dance, drama and expressive arts during my time there, which I graduated in all 4 subjects, upon other more boring subjects ha-ha. I did always have a love for English literature as well. I used to love to write stories and poems, which turned out to really help me out later in life, when I decided to write songs.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I have always been involved in the arts, in one or another. But my true passion always leads back to singing. It’s the only time I am completely free, when I am thinking of nothing but my emotions in that moment. I believe that everything happens for a reason and I was always meant to be a singer. That doesn’t mean to say that I am always 100% confident in what I do. When I started to sing professionally when I was 15, I struggled with stage freight and anxiety, which is ironic as I have spent so much of my life on stage. But there’s something very different about being part of a show and then being the show yourself. Over the years I have overcome my fears, but I will always have those little butterflies, until I get two lines into my first song. After that I am at home and nothing has ever felt better.

I moved into presenting on Sky TV at the age of 21. The opportunity to work on The Smith & Rogers Country Show came up and I thought it was such a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Country culture, including the fans and what they loved so much about the music. I gathered so much inspiration that has been molded in to my new sound. I had a wonderful time filming The Smith & Rogers Country Show with all the team. I would love to get back to TV at some point.

During my time filming on Sky, I always was given the opportunity to duet with two of the industry’s most sought-after singers. The first being the original Rat Pack band member Buddy Greco, together they created a fresh take on Buddy’s no.1 single “The Lady Is a Tramp” from the 1950’s. I then went on to work with Madeline Bell formerly from the band Blue Mink, recording a duet of the bands 1960’s single “Melting Pot”.

In the summer of May 2014, I traveled to Nashville to broaden my knowledge of country music and to work with the only British song writer entered into The Nashville Hall of Fame, Rodger Cook. I wanted to gain a true understanding of country music’s roots and take inspiration from other talented country artists. I had the opportunity to meet some of the industry’s best and absorb all the knowledge and advice that they could give her. I then headed home back to my roots in London, with a new vision for Country Music. What if I could blend the urban sounds of the UK with Nashville’s country sound? I began to work on merging the two and this fall I was finally ready to debut her new sound.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

As a country lover but also an Essex girl, who grew up surrounded by the urban sounds of London, I wanted to bring the real me to my sound. I wanted to bring country to London and really change the ideology that country music can’t be mainstream in the UK. As this is a massive and not necessarily possible task. I have spent 3 years learning my craft and really trying to pin point a new sound that could potentially cross over to the UK music market.

My new single “Fireflies” is my interpretation of a country sound mixed with the pop sounds of London. Every country song has a story behind it, which I wanted to portray in my new sound.  The track has a deep relation to the struggles of young people today. We all have daily battles with our own demons and the pressure’s that they can apply to everyday life. I wanted to merge two sounds together that would really impact on the listener, but in a positive and encouraging way. I don’t really know where the idea came from as such; it kind of just fell into place as we were writing the track. Sometimes, when you don’t overthink it too much that’s when the best songs come to life.

The music video was solely down to my video director Halo Jones. As soon as he heard the track he had a vision of a Halloween inspired by quirky video. The video is very dark colouring with orange tones, which really fits in with the Halloween theme. But we also put a fantasy twist on it to make it something different to what you would expect from a country music video.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

I don’t usually consider my career as ups and downs. I have a motto to never have regrets, they are either lessons learnt, or memories made. We are all human we all make mistakes but that’s how we get better. I have had the opportunity to work with some incredible people during my journey and I have experienced some wonderful things. But I have also produced music and performed songs, which haven’t been my finest when I first started out. My music is a life’s journey for me and I am just enjoying the ride. “Fireflies” is just the beginning and I have many more songs to share with you all.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

“Fireflies” upon many more of my songs, which I will be releasing on my EP next year, were written by me and my producer Michael Stockwell. He has been working with me so much over the last 3 years to curate a selection of songs, which really represent me as an artist and my sound. Halo Jones was our video director who scripted the music video and hand made all the props used. We filmed the music video in August 2017 in Epping Forest, in the middle of the night and was freezing! But it was worth it when I was sent the end result.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I started to write and sing songs professional when I was 15 and as you know from the above. I have spent the last 10 years learning my craft and pin pointing exactly who I want to be as an artist. I have enjoyed the last 10 years so much, but I am now ready to start touring again and sharing my music with you all. I have so much planned for 2018, including performances, EP’s and singles. I am so excited for you all to hear them and share this experience with me.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing

I have so many inspirations in the music industry. Growing up I fell in love with Stevie Nicks and Tina Turner. I just loved them both; the soft rasp in Stevie’s voice is what made me want to become a country singer. I just loved the sound so much. Tina Turner just inspired me to become a strong independent artist and to always give it 110%. She’s an inspiration to every female artist out there, even the ones who don’t know it. When I decided to focus on country music and lot of traditional country stars such as, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn inspired me. I learnt how to interpret my stories into songs from some of their greatest hits. After all a country song is a story.

I didn’t start to sing country music until I was about 17. Before then I didn’t even know what a country song was, for a young girl from Essex, I was brought up listening to pop music. However, when I decided to sing professionally I started to do what we call the circuit. This included weekly open mic nights in our local area, which we had a lot of different ages attend including the older generation that used to do the same circuit. When I used to get up and sing my songs they would all comment after, and mentioned that I had a country twang. Of course, at this stage I was like, what? What’s a country twang? But I was intrigued to find out what they meant. I decided then to work on some country covers to add to my set. And it all started from there, the first cover I ever did was, Bonnie Raitt, “I Can’t Make You Love Me”. And it was then I knew that country music was for me and what I was supposed to be doing. I spent the next year and half studying everything I could relate to country. The music and the diverse ways of singing it.

All my songs are very emotion driven, every song is written about a particular time in my life or the life of someone close to me. I am a very emotional person and become attached to someone’s mood when I am with them. But I think that the best songs are always the ones that are real. You need the listener to feel like they are living the story with you or even like I have written their feelings down for them. But most of the time, I am a very happy person, so maybe my songs would say I am a little hyperactive and crazy.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

I don’t think there is a secret, hit songs are so hard to come by. And unless you are truly talented to be able to write hit songs continuously like, Elton John or Taylor Swift. It’s really all about persistence, just keep writing and you’ll get better on everyone. Hit songs are the ones that fall together with ease. If it’s forced it isn’t right.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

I would just like to thank each and every one of you for your love and support for “Fireflies” so far. As an independent artist it means so much to have so many wonderful people sharing your music. I can’t wait to share more with you all, and bring you all on this journey with me. It’s only the beginning.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

A piece of advice to all artists don’t hold back, just go out and do it. You have absolutely nothing to lose. Worse case you’re back to square one. The release of “Fireflies” has been the most amazing experience of my life. Just put your music out there and share it with the world. It’s the only way you will know what you’re creating is right and it will give you the strength to become an even better artist.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

As this is just the beginning of my career I haven’t obtained any awards or recognition as of yet. However, I would say I have already achieved more than I would have ever expected for my first ever single. “Fireflies” reached no.8 in the iTunes UK Country Charts in the first 48hrs of release and this week we have reach 40k streams on Spotify. As an independent artist, I consider this a major achievement for myself and more than I could have ever hoped for.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

Featured Articles:

Celebmix – 309.7k Followers

The Music Site – 250k Readers (Also did a video premiere)

Caesar Live N Loud

Yorkshire Times

Exposed Vocals

Music

Musings and Such

More Than The Music

Zap! Bang!

Unfashionable Male

Belles & Gals

Lyric

Britz n Beatz

Bring Country 2 The UK (Also did a video premiere)

Pop Dust

The Line of Best Fit

Verity

United by Pop (Also did a video premiere)

The Boot

Romford Recorder

Brentwood Gazette

Radio Stations who have currently aired “Fireflies”:

Phoenix FM Essex

BBC Essex

BBC Introducing

BBC Norfolk

BCB Radio

Belter FM

Chris Country

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

I usually start with a basic beat using either a piano or guitar and work out some good melodies. I then decided on how that sound is making me feel at the time, either happy, sad, emotional etc. And start to envision a story in my mind. This then helps me to create the tempo to the song, and then I start to write my songs as if they are stories, and I am living them in that moment. We would usually then record a draft of the song usually 2 verses and a chorus, once we have them down, my producer will then build a production around them. I will then come back to the song on another day and edit it and rerecord it.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Maren Morris

Stevie Nicks

Jessie J

Dixie Chicks

Adele

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I have had the opportunity to collaborate with Buddy Greco & Madeline Bell so far; however I would be honoured to collaborate with so many artists. Especially any of the above, that would be a dream. I would love to also collaborate with Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, there’s just so many to choose from, my list could go on forever.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

E:   Binkyofficial@32sproductions.com

W: www.binkyofficial.com

T:   www.twitter.com/Binkyofficial

F:   www.facebook.com/Binkyofficial

I:    www.instagram.com/binky_official

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

http://smarturl.it/BinkyFireflies

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

6th December 2017, is certainly one of the biggest highs in my life. This day will stick with me forever as it’s the day my first ever single was released. And if I never have the opportunity to share my music again, that song alone has topped all my dreams and expectations. The rest is just a bonus.

I can’t recall one particular day for being my saddest; I mean we all have down days don’t we. It’s how we change them for a positive which should be more important.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Jeezz if only I had a million dollars!! God I don’t know, I would definitely invest a majority of the amount into my music. I would love to continue creating music for the rest of my life if I can. I think I would also help other young artists, who I feel have the potential all the way. It so hard for singers to follow their dreams today, nothing comes easy and some of us don’t get the opportunity to share a true talent, so I would love to help even one artist to do this.

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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