Unwrapped: BIIANCO – checkmate

We had a chat with LA creative BIIANCO about her latest endlessly unique endeavor.

Never an artist who is afraid to take creative risks or make subversive left turns, BIIANCO has garnered a reputation for crafting rich and textured sounds and immersive visuals which showcase the artist’s unique and expansive vision for each and every aspect of her work.

On her last release ‘that’s what friends are for’, her swirling synths and brooding vocals were accompanied by an interactive game that tied in with its music video, serving as just a taste of the outside-of-the-box mentality that the BIIANCO has. Following this is the brand new ‘checkmate’, a beguiling and extraordinary track that incorporates horror and the macabre to tell a tale of love bordering on maddening obsession. The artist is responsible for singing, writing, producing, playing several instruments from piano to drums, directing and acting in the video, and we caught up with the artist to find out some more about the latest in a string of thoroughly interesting BIIANCO projects,

We love your new release ‘checkmate’, what more can you tell us about it?

‘checkmate’ was written about a full speed ahead into a Titanic-level explosive love that you couldn’t put the brakes on even if you tried. It’s like one full dose of passion with some horror movie chasers. 

What was the process like putting the track together?

I actually started with the beat. I knew I wanted to recreate a 90s-era breakbeat vibe and started crafting that as the backbone of the song. At the time, I was listening to a lot of Radiohead, which I think you can really hear in the chord progression of the chorus. The song also has some really creepy undertones and samples scattered throughout that I hope my listeners can catch.

The track has a really unique video too, what was the thought process behind it?

Myself and a skeleton crew consisting of the director (Scott Fleishman), a set designer (Christina Roseann Ray) and my manager (Erin Hinojos) made our way out to a 100 year old cabin in the deep California forest during quarantine. We brought 4 cars worth of flowers, creepy props, and mountain climbing gear (which was used to suspend me from the rafters of the cabin in the infamous floating scene). It was 2 full days of shooting and creating and it was gorgeously DIY.

We wanted to pay homage to the horror genre again, but this time with a focus on Robert Eggers’ The VVitch among others.

Your very DIY and hands on approach to everything makes for work that has a very specifically BIIANCO feel to it, is there anything in particular that you really strive to capture in your work?

I make what moves me and what moves me is the creepiest, quiet corners of my mind.

What more should we expect from BIIANCO in the near future?

Wrapping up a full mixtape now that I can’t wait for everyone to hear.