The magic of music platforms like Soundcloud is that it introduces you to new underground and upcoming artists. A new addition to my playlist has been BeMyfiasco. Dallas born BeMyfiasco also known as Bianca Rodriguez is a humble and beautiful soul and her character flows through her music making her sound authentic and raw. Her harmonies and rifts are a delight over the soulful beats captured in, ‘Work on you’ to the rhythmic working of, ‘Taylor Swift’ and funky blues sound of ‘SBYFU’. The singer, songwriter and storyteller released her album, ‘Layers’ in 2016 and released, ‘Grow wings’ and, ‘Here to stay’ this year. She also recently toured in Spain and featured in Ishd’s video, ‘Flashlight’ which forms part of his ep entitled, ‘ Marina’s melody’. I wanted to find out more about Bianca and managed to catch up with her for a quick chat.
Why the name BeMyFiasco?
I was a huge Lupe Fiasco fan and my twitter name at the time was “LoveandLasers.” Now his “Lasers” project wasn’t doing too well. I didn’t want to abandon my king but I needed something new. So I tried different combinations and I stumbled upon “BeMyFiasco.” That was also at a time where people were calling you by your twitter name in public and it just stuck. So one day, I jumped all in changed everything to my new moniker and I never looked back. The name literally means “be my downfall” and honestly it couldn’t be more fitting.
How long have you lived in Dallas and where were you situated before?
I was born and bred in Dallas. I’ve lived here my whole life up until recently. Last year, I did a year abroad in Madrid, Spain and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Spain is such a beautiful place to live in. It has so many quirks. The culture, the people, the vibe; it so different from the states. Doing music there was a lot easier considering I was literary one of the only R&B acts. I could maneuver through different crowds & scenes. I loved that my music was really embraced & loved there. I learned that people overseas really do value our music and although they try & copy our sound they can’t capture the authenticity.
What inspired you to create music?
Music has always been a part of me. My mother and her sisters formed a musical group in the mid-90’s. My grandfather on my dad’s side formed a popular Tejano band. Randomly, Aaliyah’s passing was the thing that moved me. I’m not sure why it touched me so deeply but I recorded my first song on a tape recorder in my room. My mom stole it and showed it to my whole family. Fast forward, I was in college going through a break-up and my friends encouraged me to create a project. I hated the idea at first but it was extremely therapeutic. I released it with no plan, no team, and no real idea of what I wanted to do but it spread like fire and I’ve been moving ever since.
And how would you describe your music?
Honest and open. Anything I make is raw and real; a tango of sorts between the writer and the instrumentation. I love a good contrast of light and dark. I want the listener to really feel my stories.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words and why?
Vibrant: I love anything with color. If you ask those around me, they’d say I gravitate to anything with bright colors. I like to stand out. That also goes with my personality. If I had to choose, I’d be that neon yellow crayon in the box. You’re not really sure what to use it for but it looks cool.
Observant: Although I’m vibrant in many ways, I also like to be in the cut. A fly on the way. I like to dip my toes in the water before getting in. I’m an empath so I test out people’s energies early on. I can feel those subtle shifts in a room and it has a huge impact.
Evolving: I’m always in motion. Always a student. Everything around me is moving so why should I stay the same?
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spare time is a figment of my imagination. During the day, I teach 3rd grade and I love it. I’m actually teaching reading, writing and social studies & a lot of the processes I’m showing them has helped with my own writing. I also am an avid reader, long-distance runner, crochet granny & Netflix binger.
What other projects are you working on?
I’m currently working on a mini house project. I call this phase of my life, “Research & development.” I’m always a student but now I feel more than ever that I’m having to unlearn quite a bit. So I’ve been dabbling in the genre but still haven’t found my footing with it yet.
What message do you hope to spread across the world?
No matter what you’re going through never lose your light. Never let anyone define who you are and go explore this world. Playing small never got anyone anywhere.
Listen to BeMyFiasco’s music on SoundCloud