What drew you to the music industry?
I’ve always been drawn to music, since the first iPod came out I wouldn’t really walk around or go outside without earphones in since I was around twelve years old. Bonze was my nickname as a kid. Then, I used music as a way to disappear and dissolve away my problems but I always knew I had an interest in singing and producing music. Finally, in August 2017 I wrote my first song. When I got home and listened to the demo back, I became really emotional because I knew writing music felt right to me and that I had to pursue it.
▪ Who are you inspired by?
Kurt Cobain, Prince, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Red hot chili peppers and William Blake for his combination of poetry and art. I’ve always been very interested in combining different art forms to create a ‘world’ around the listener. To me, something else Kurt Cobain did, maybe without noticing it in himself, was he created art that was so immersive but also matched his sound so well. Most of those whom I described aren’t around anymore but I listen to them almost every day so that says it all about their music for me.
▪ Please explain your creative process.
I started writing music just over a year ago now. I can’t read music so I usually try to describe exactly what sound I want to capture in the process of production. I also write most of my songs with my top-liner and the process generally starts with a beat or a riff but, the lyrics usually come from a different place. I’ve been writing short poems since I was about twelve and I have at least five-hundred in my phone notes; so this is where my inspiration comes from for lyrics. Be it poetry or song-writing, writing always helps me express and ‘get out’ whatever I’m feeling inside.
Sometimes I am more comprehensive in expressing what’s inside by writing instead of speaking in person. Sometimes it’s easier that way.
▪ What’s an average day like for you?
Pretty boring, really.
▪ How did you come up with the concept for your recent single *Naked Heart? Where can fans find your music?
I was writing with my top-liner all day and we had been struggling to write a song that we were both happy with, then just before I was about to leave for the day; Naked Heart happened. Whilst the track’s lyrics are seemingly a set of falsetto innuendo’s, Naked Heart became about being vulnerable and bare with someone else, just as you are and not as a false self (which doesn’t work in the long run anyway). Who I really am as an artist comes through in this track.Fans can find my music on Spotify, Apple Music etc under ‘Bonze’ and by searching ‘Naked Heart’ or through my facebook and instagram pages: @Bonzemusic for instagram and @thebonzemusic for facebook.
▪ Do you collaborate with others? What is that process?
Aside from certain remixes of older music that I’d made; I don’t really collaborate with others although it is something I’d definitely be interested in in the future!
▪ Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans.
Generally it’s through messaging online, it’s an honour to be fortunate enough to write music so to anyone who loves it; I would love to interact and respond to them as best as I can.
▪ What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why?
The freedom to be whatever you want to be as an artist is for sure one of my favourite parts of the music industry. My lest favourite most likely being the separation in pay and opportunity between independent artists starting out in music and how Industrialised the music scene has become over the years.
▪ What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a new single for a fashion colaboration. The song and fashion video are based on a theme given to me where I will also be modelling the clothing line myself. The song and video will likely be shown and played at London College of Fashion fashion week. The song is also a very happy vibe which I wrote to cheer someone close to me up, something I never thought I could/would write considering how gloomy most of my older stuff was; so I’m very excited for you to hear it when it’s done!
▪ How is your music/sound different/unique from everything that’s going on now?
I feel like most music today is a mash-up of what we’ve all heard before, no matter how original something seems to sound, there’s always someone out there who was or is similar. Give it a listen and see for yourself, I feel that my vocals give my songs a unique, alt-pop feeling as well as the combination of dance-y production
▪ What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
This might sound cliche but to anyone who might be thinking about starting out in music, or starting anything new and creative really; don’t hesitate and try to start on it as soon as you can. Even if you don’t believe in yourself or that you’re hesitant where to start just go for it. You can do it. With the internet these days one can find a way of networking and starting something from scratch. There’d be nothing worse in life thinking to yourself “I regret I didn’t do that”. ‘That’ being music for me.