Industry heads have said to be successful in the music industry, it takes 10 percent talent and 90 percent hustle. For Mobile, Alabama riser Bianca Clarke; she has both the talent and brains for the grand scheme of things. Already having toured with the likes of Trina, Tokyo Jets, Gucci Mane and Young Bleu; Bianca is already branching outside the realm of a typical artist. Clarke has her sights set on an even bigger picture, a powerful focus on uplifting and empowering women. She’s even taken her knowledge of the music business and turned it into a music seminar where she teaches students the ins and outs of the game.
Join us as we get to know more about these goals, her forthcoming video with Trina and Tokyo Jets for the “I’m Wit It (Remix)” and just what the next Queen of tha South has up her sleeves in 2019. Read our exclusive THQ Interview with Bianca Clarke below.
THQ: Bianca, it’s a pleasure speaking with you! You have an intense work ethic both in and outside of music. Where does this strong character trait derive from?
Bianca Clarke: I’ve always had to go the extra mile to accomplish things in life, so with me knowing that I developed a strong work ethic. I’ve been like this all my life, even when I was playing sports.
You’ve covered a ton of ground, especially in the past 3 years. You’ve been blessed with the opportunity to open for some big names as we described in the interview introduction. What lead you into music as a career and how did you position yourself into these incredible performance situations?
I’ve been into music since I was 5, I started singing in church, which lead to me starting to record music at the age of 15. It wasn’t until I went off to college that I kicked off my career. So I’ve been pursuing my career for 4 yrs, but I’ve been singing and entertaining my whole life. Initially, I gained a lot of performance slots to open for major artist from winning open mics and show cases. Then I met my business partner Dollah Dae, which lead to me getting a opportunity to perform and tour with a lot of big names. I also get booked shows that I’m thankful for as well.
You’ve been working alongside Dollah Dae and Splash Committee. How did Dollah and you come to meet and how does your partnership play with the Splash Committee imprint?
I met Dollah Dae back in 2014 through a mutual acquaintance. He gave me the opportunity to open up for Dej Loaf at The Soul Kitchen. After seeing my performance, he was impressed. He ended reaching back out to me and gave me the opportunity to partner up with Splash Committee, which took my brand to another level!
Queen of tha South, it’s a title that some ladies of the rap genre have dubbed themselves over the years. It’s also a term you’ve situated yourself among, even using it as the title of your 2017 album. In your words, what does the Queen of the South mean and what all does it take to hold the title?
“Queen of tha South” is a very bold statement. And to use it, you have to uphold a certain type of respect. I embody what it means to be Queen of tha South because I’m crossing Barriers that have never been crossed, I’m a self made independent woman in the music industry, I’m not signed to another celebrity or artist, I own my masters I just got it all the way out the mud. It doesn’t get anymore southern than Alabama, coming from Alabama we don’t have a lot of resources or entertainment amenities other places have. So I’m extremely proud to be representing not only my state but the south as a whole.
Speaking of Queens of tha South, you’ve developed a tight-nit working relationship with Trina. Not only have you toured alongside her but you’ve also got a hot remix on your hands for “Im Wit It” that also features Tokyo Jet. How did you come to work with Trina and what can our readers and your fans expect concerning the forthcoming video?
I did a lot of shows with Trina in the past, and I grew up on her so getting her on a track eventually was a no brainer. I just never expected it to be this fast. I have so much respect for her and what she means to the culture. I had a track out that was doing good numbers, so I wanted to do a remix. First person I thought about was Trina. So we put everything together, i was ecstatic to have her on the track. I later got Tokyo Jetz on it as well, she kilt it! I enjoyed working on this track. We’re shooting the video April 29th. Expect industry standard quality!
You’ve recently started a new vlog series on YouTube for your forthcoming album, “Queenaveli”. So far, you’re 2 episodes into the campaign. What are your plans concerning the vlog series? Can you provide any inside details pertaining to the album? By the title, we’re assuming there’s a 2Pac influence behind it.
I’m just gonna continue to film as I progress through the industry and bottle it up into a vlog series. Queenaveli was inspired by my pain, my struggle and my story. I’m a Gemini, Tupac was a Gemini, so I feel we have a lot of similarities. He was very passionate about a lot of things, and I hold a lot of the same attributes and approach in how I purse my career.
Women empowerment is a key focus of your long term goals. What are your current and future plans in doing so Bianca?
I plan on linking and networking with as many positive women as I can. We’re better as one than by ourselves. I feel like women need to empower each other more.
Not long ago this year, you held a seminar to teach students the ins and outs of the music industry with a strong focus and business and branding. Congratulations on a successful event! Would you care to share details behind it? Is this something you’re looking at offering continuously moving forward?
I did a music business class touching on topics like, BMI, ASCAP, copy writing, trade marking, social media marketing and more. It’s definitely something I’m going to keep doing, I’m working on developing a music program at the local park in my community.
For more details concerning your moves and such, where can we find you on the interwebs?
We here at THQ wish you the best of luck with your current and future endevours Mrs. Clarke! It’s wonderful what you’re doing for the ladies and we hope to see more of you very, very soon. In closing, what should we keep an eye out for from you for the remainder of 2019?
Thank you so much, be looking see a lot more from me including my new project Queenaveli and I’m still filming my documentary as well. So i have a lot in store just stayed tuned in at QueenBianca.com!