Binky is a happy-go-lucky, wild and bubbly singer from London who became a well-known face within the British country scene thanks to being a presenter on Sky TV’s The Smith & Rogers Country Show. We caught up with Blinky to talk about her music, including most-recent single ‘Don’t Let Go’.
When I’m not making music or performing, I feel like a part of me is missing.
Tell us how it all started. What had you first interested in music?
God that’s a long time ago now. I feel like I have down so much over the last eight years that I forget where it started. I have always been interested in the arts, I studied music, dance and drama from a young age right through to 16 when I left school. That’s when I decided to focus on music, it was the one thing that made me feel at easy and like it was right.
I didn’t start writing country music until I was 18. If I can be honest I hadn’t even listened to it before. I used to attend open mic nights and many acts on the circuit used to say I had a raspy country tone to my voice. That’s when I decided to study country music, listen to the sound and find out more about it. That’s when I fell in love and I knew it was the road I was suppose to go down.
I was drawn to the likes of Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn but also Stevie Nicks and Tina Turner. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood had just broken onto the scene, and listening to all of these songs, old and new I feel really crafted the way for where I wanted to be.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
They say music is part of you, if you’re a singer and I couldn’t agree more. When I’m not making music or performing, I feel like a part of me is missing. I do what I do because its what makes me happy, that’s my motivation.
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
I want to share my music with as many people as I can. I love what I do and I don’t want to keep it just for myself. I want to inspire people and also provide comfort for people with my music.
Success, what is the secret to it?
Hard work, there’s no easy route. I wouldn’t consider myself successful yet, there is still so much more I want to do. But it can get hard and sometimes deflating. You feel like your making progress then your knocked 10 steps back. But I always follow my gut and I wont given up.
All these barriers will be want makes me better.
What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
I have had sooo many amazing highlights so far! I mean reaching no.8 in the iTunes charts was just incredible and something I never expected. And then selling out of my first headline show last November was just crazy. It means so much to me that people love my music and want to hear more. That’s the biggest achievement for me.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
I definitely gain more inspiration from the US artists such as Kacey Musgraves, Miley Cyrus, Maren Morris, and not forgetting the dream team Florida Georgia Line. They all have that fun pop element to their music which influence my music. But I also think Ward Thomas are doing a brilliant job at delivering a more British sound to country music. So I would say I take inspiration from them all.
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
Who knows where I will be, I hope touring the world and sharing my music. But as long as I am happy and healthy that’s all I can ask for.
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
The music industry has changed so much. For the better in some ways, I feel like independent artist such as myself have a lot more support and exposure for our music than before, which is crucial to reaching our goals. However, its also become a tool for people to put one another down, which I am sadden by. We should be supporting each other and pushing each other to grow and become the best of what we can be.
If I don’t like someone’s song or music video I simple keep it to myself and I don’t listen to it. For me it’s not nice when people troll artists over there music or life decisions. We are all people doing what we love and following dreams. No one deserves to be hurt in the process.
I consider myself a tough cookie and ignore comments, so getting my music to the public eye would be a dream come true, to show that we can all achieve our dreams with hard work and determination.
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
I have lots more music to share with you this year which I am very excited about! I am also hoping to perform at some of the UK country festivals but I will have to wait and see if they want me, haha. I will also be doing an independent tour at the end of this year. All my performance dates will be found on my social media, Spotify or website.
Tell us a bit about your latest single, how would you best describe your music?
The song has such deep meaning, as you can tell it’s about a relationship. And as we all know they aren’t always as plain sailing as we would like them to be. The song was written within two hours and that’s how I knew it was something special. It was every emotion I was feeling that day put into words and music.
For this reason I hope many people can relate to it and find comfort in their own relationships that they aren’t the only ones who hit brick walls with their partners. I wouldn’t say it’s an example of all my music due to be released this year. As you may know I am a very upbeat and crazy type of artist, so I like to portray this in my music. But I do think it shows my listeners to expect more than just upbeat country pop tracks. And that I do make heart felt emotional tracks too.
Do you have any new projects in the pipeline?
Yes, lots!! Unfortunately, nothing that I can share right now, but as soon as I can you will find all the latest updates on all of my social media platforms or website.
Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today?
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me. And thank you to every single one of you who has streamed, downloaded and supported my music. You are the reason I get to do what I love every day.
Watch the video for ‘Don’t Let Go’ on YouTube below.