Get 2 Know: Blanco

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His profile rapidly escalated on social media platforms when a few studio sessions went from banter to a committed musical pursuit after the release of ‘Call Me A Spartan’ and ‘Kennington Where It All Started’.

Better known for being a prominent member of Kennington’s Drill collective, Harlem Spartans, Blanco Bourne is back with his first solo release ‘Return Of Bourne’ which he delivered on Boxing Day, a follow up to his previous release, ‘Jason Bourne’.

After a spell in incarceration Blanco, who was raised in Kennington, South London, puts his connection to Drill down to the neighbourhood he was brought up in but still remains open to collaboration with artists of different genres.  Steadily rebuilding his profile and music catalogue he aims to deliver more singles with unexpected collaborations and an EP in the foreseeable months ahead.

Rae: When did the music journey begin for you and at what point did you start actively pursuing a career in music ?

Blanco: I would say in 2016 after one of my first songs, I’m not sure which one it was, but definitely early 2016, a bit after me and YS made a tune called ‘S*** den’, after that we kinda wanted to take it serious. I was in school before that, so I went into pursuing music straight after leaving really. It all started off as fun to be honest then it got serious. We started off recording just for fun, a bit of bants and after ‘Call Me A Spartan’ got so many views, we thought me might as well just do this properly.

Rae: Who are your musical influences and who are you currently listening to ?

Blanco: When I was growing up I would listen to 50 Cent and Young Jeezy all them types of people. Right now what I’m listening to is mostly American artists, Kevin Gates, Gucci, YSN and Lil Durk.

Rae: What drew you to make Drill as a form of expression as opposed to a more contemporary Urban sound ?

Blanco: Before anything, the people that were popping were Chief Keef, Lil Jojo and all those types of people, but then Drill came to the U.K, that’s what I was listening to and when the U.K started doing it’s own thing with it, that’s what kinda drew me in and that’s where it kinda started from. You can talk about your life basically, it connects to the hood more than a track that has singing on it, it connects a lot more to the people I’m around and where I’m from.

Rae: As an artist you’ve spent some time incarcerated, how do you feel like that’s affected your career and life as a whole ? Do you feel like that experience has been detrimental to you or have you taken it as a lesson you can grow from ?

Blanco: Yea and no still, I missed out on a lot… A lot of money, a lot of productive things, it taught me a lot of lessons as well, next time I’ll do things differently init. It kinda impacted my career still, I can’t just pick up where I left off.. I gotta build it up again, if I was out I could have had a bigger following.

Rae: What can we expect to see from you in 2019 and is there anyone in particular you’d like to work with ?

Blanco: I got a couple more singles coming out, a couple more features as well and an EP coming out also, so a lot of music coming out in 2019, I can’t really say too much.. I lean more towards American artists, so yea someone like Lil Durk, maybe one or two U.K artists, someone like Not3s maybe, I like that sort of music but I just haven’t experimented in making it yet and that’s mostly down to me starting off in Drill…all my fans are Drill fans so I’m gonna keep it predominantly Drill for now but I might do a switch when the season for the sound gets boring, everyone’s doing Drill, I feel like it’s kinda easy.