In a world where most people are seeking their purpose, it’s rare to find someone who is already who they’re meant to be. She’s found her purpose and passion and will stop at nothing- maybe a pit stop at a rib joint- until it is fulfilled. Meet Bianca “BeMyFiasco” Rodriguez. Singer/songwriter. First grade teacher. A lover and a free-thinker. Creator of a vocal experience.
“BeMyFiasco” started out as Bianca’s Twitter handle due to her love for Lupe Fiasco, but the name stuck and has taken on a whole new meaning. “I’m hoping that when I get a band, the name just gets absorbed. It sounds like a band name to me. People see it, see me and are immediately confused most times.”
Strictly translated Be My Fiasco means “Be My Disaster, failure, or mess.” There’s a string of longing and “lessons learned” in your music. Using this definition, how does this translate into your sound?
As humans we all fall victim to something at one time or another. I just chose to sing about it. And of course we all want what we can’t have. Although, I am by no means the spokeswoman for hurting. Lol, I just want people to know its okay to feel.
What sacrifices have you made for your singing career?
Well, I started teaching first grade this year and it’s been extremely hard trying to juggle music and teaching. The biggest sacrifice right now is my time. Lately, I’m on the move from 5am-12am working on this project. So I’d definitely say time. Time with friends and loved ones, significant others, me time.
With all of many ways to express yourself, why did you choose to sing?
It’s engrained in me. I’m at my best in front of a microphone. My family is musical on both sides. I’ve never had any formal training, although I’m looking into that now. I was in choir throughout elementary all the way through high school. I took a midi class in college and learned how to record myself and just asked questions along the way. Singing and crafting is such a release. It’s a gift from God and I plan to use it extensively.
With a full-time job teaching and working around the clock on your new EP “Layers”, what opportunity do you feel you missed out on?
Nothing as of yet because if it was for me then it would’ve had my name on. Nobody or nothing can stop what’s yours. I’ve just been trying to capitalize on the ones I have now and cultivate an environment in which I’m receiving more consistently.
What is your creative process?
I usually work alone vocally. That way I can get all of my ideas out first. For this project, I worked exclusively with Sir Tim. We just have an amazing musical chemistry. He knows what I want before I ask. I propose an idea, I give him the freedom to be him, then we bridge our ideas and form this awesome piece of art. It’s pretty magical.
As a creative, what message do you want to convey to your audience?
I always want to be relatable. I want people to hear my music and find comfort in it. I’m here to express those feelings you’re not comfortable sharing or can’t find the words for.
What has been a turning point in your career so far?
Honestly, linking with Sir Tim. When I graduated from Stephen F. Austin and moved back to Dallas. I had no idea how I was going to find my stride in my city but luckily I was referred to him maybe a month after I got back in 2013. We’ve been going strong since then.
How has your practice changed over time? You said that your last record was one that dealt with a break up. What influenced Layers?
This one is probably me at my most vulnerable…coming into my own as a woman and working on avoiding as many pitfalls as possible. I’m learning to love myself more. And to manage my expectations. Basically, B went through it so you don’t have to.
What can you tell me about it?
It’s sensual. It’s honest. I’m definitely showcasing more of my range. Tim laced me pretty nice. It’s as much his project as it is mine.
What is your artistic outlook on life?
Basically however you paint it. Creatives shape the world. We always see what can be changed. What additional methods can be used. I’m free-spirited and adventurous. I want to try everything at least once. I just want to experience this life as boldly as I can.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
It’s still crazy to see people are still hanging on really. It’s been just about 3 years since my last full release. The craziest thing that ever happened was Phonte (Little Brother, The Foreign Exchange) reached out to me after I sent him the link to “Monday Morning Blues.” Anybody who knows me knows how much I love the Foreign Exchange, so I was ecstatic. I sent him the song and we established a pretty cool relationship.
People tend to divide creatives into two parts like they aren’t one person. What do you do to counteract it?
It does get pretty lonely. I get a lot of people who fall in love with the idea of BeMyFiasco instead the flawed Bianca. The two are similar but not the same. I counter my loneliness with the music. I write. Read. Run. And of course teaching keeps me busy.
What do you like about your work?
That I have free range to do what I want. It’s always 100% me. No fluff.
Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.
Me. Myself & and I. People are always gonna find those small nuances and try and place you in a box, but honestly I just want to make the best music I can with the sound we’re crafting. Nobody can do me better than me.
What is your most inspirational space?
I’m a runner. I find most of my peace of mind with my music while running at Joe Pool Lake. It’s my security blanket. Well any body of water really. It’s soothing. Allows my mind to breathe and rejuvenate itself. I’m open to other suggestions, though!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
The journey is the reward is my life’s mantra. But I saw online, Elliot Guidry (for Houston Trend I believe) said “Who’s life is better than yours” and that sentiment stuck with me. As long as I’m consistent and passionate about what I do, everything else will follow.
Keep up with Bianca on all platforms @bemyfiasco and listen to “Layers” on Soundcloud.