The Wrap Up Presents Underground Heat Featuring Bosco
The Wrap Up Presents Underground Heat Featuring Bosco
This week we’re writing about one of the most exciting singers out right now, Bosco, who hails from Atlanta, Georgia. While it’s hard to say explicitly that the young artist molds perfectly into the world of R&B, her left-of-center music makes her easily one of the most invigorating artists to see and hear in the US’s underground scene right now, and we’re confident that she’s on the verge of some serious success. Apparently, we’re not the only ones noticing either. She’s been heavily working with the likes of NEVR, Treasure Fingers, and Soft Glas, and being a part of Fool’s Gold Records’ Freshmen 15 in 2014 definitely didn’t hurt either. With the sky the serious limit for her, we got the chance to ask her a couple of questions about her year and what’s ahead.
Hi Bosco, 2015 has been a big year for you! Since it’s getting closer to the end of it, we’d love to ask you, “what were some of your favorite moments of 2015?
Hi! Yes, 2015 has been an adventure and a whirlwind. I released my EP "BOY," with Fool's Gold Records and had a lot of fun on the Fool's Gold Day Off Tour. Performing at Coachella was one of my favorite moments this year along with sitting front row with my friends at the Chromat SS16 show and being featured in my first print publications with Viper and Coven Magazine. These opportunities have allowed me to really connect with my fans and show a different side of me.
It seems like from past interviews, it took a minute to really settle into Brooklyn, figure your exact sound/direction, and to get it all together. Now that your first EP with Fool’s Gold is out, and you’ve (most likely) adjusted to life in BK, where do you see the next couple of months taking you? Was there anything that made you feel held back when you initially moved that you don’t feel restrained by now?
Anything that's new comes with it's own set of challenges. Moving to NYC was like rediscovering myself and with that came the desire to feel inspired, write and find the sound I was looking for. I was learning how to navigate in a different setting and in a sense learning how to speak the language. It took a couple of months to really get my feet wet because I had only visited New York 5 yrs prior to making this big jump. I would say getting people to take me seriously was an issue at first, granted people had heard my name around because of my work in the creative world and previous projects. It was really my time to re-affirm my place as a performer and singer. Being the "new" girl on the scene I needed to stand out so I began doing shows around the city. Word of mouth is the best promotion and just being out and about the word started to spread. Before I knew it I was meeting with photographers, playing shows, recording at Converse Rubber Tracks and going to private events. It was cool.
We’ve heard a lot of your work with Treasure Fingers come out, and it’s a brilliant out-of-the-box style of dance music. How did the unique collaborations together begin? Did you have set ideas going into the studio with him?
Working with Treasure Fingers is pure energy and the songs tend to write themselves. Our routine seems to always start with drums and me dancing around the studio. I asked myself, "How can you write a dance song if you're not dancing when you write it?" From there I started to hum melodies and cadences to see where the movement would fall on certain breaks that he would play and Words started to formulate and he would work his magic. The important thing was having a goal in mind and being fluid in our approach. We didn't want to stop ourselves from full indulging in a idea.
This column is created with the idea of showcasing artists who are going to blow up in the US. Does hearing that you’re on the cusp of success, not just through this article but in general, affect your train of thought and the decisions you make? How does one stay true to themselves throughout their journey in the music industry? Do you have any advice you would give your former self?
That does freak me out a little bit because in my mind I have a LONG way to go. I'm not even close to where I see myself, but it's gonna take a lot of hard work and the right team to make it happen...but it will! My advice is to stay true to yourself. You don't have to compromise or change your sound. Yes, it may take longer to get there but in the end it's all worth it. Also, don't set your acceptance on social media or the "like" generation because at the end of the day these platforms don't validate who you are. They're good for promotion, but I've noticed that these type of things breeds "self-hate" so be careful.
Lastly, we love that you’ve got a distinct style, but it’s also genreless. I know in the past you’ve made it clear you’d like to stay this way, but at least for the next couple of releases you have (and are allowed to talk about), what can we expect from you?
I'm making more experimental R&B and Dance music. I have a project I'm working on with Starro of Soulection, as well as single releases with some cool producers and another solo EP I want to share at top of next year.
Bosco’s visions make her incredibly unique. She’s got no bounds, no genre, and her play with ambiguity make her a serious force for those looking for music that’s out of the box. While she’s been around for a minute in Europe and in the US, she’s a shining light that we can’t wait to see and hear from more in 2016. We’re closing the article out with her newest track, “MYNE,” which again sees her working with Treasure Fingers
Words by Kristi Shinfuku