Long known as the 'Blue Lake city', Mount Gambier is know for it's beautiful sombre blue lake, set in a natural landscape. This South Australia tourist attraction is much loved and so is local singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bianca Jane. This young woman is making a whole lotta noise in Mount Gambier, and for good reason.
Her aim is to not only put her own music on the map, but the youth music scene in general. With jazz musician James Morrison recently opening the James Morrison Academy of Music, she's in good company. With an EP coming out later in the year, Bianca Jane chatted to me about busking, the perils of making your own merchandise and her career.
So basically, I've always been a solo artist and my songs have been crying for other instruments for a while now. I really wanted to get a song out to show people what I could do and that's where the crowd funding came in, due to not having a whole heap of money.
Living that typical stereotype of a broke musician, I know!
I've been overwhelmed by the support so far, it's been incredible every little bit helps! Basically I just push it as much as I can on social media.
I can see you are based in Mount Gambier, what is the local music scene there like, how long have you been singing and performing for?
Which is basically about creating events and gigs for up and coming musicians in the area, for them to showcase their talents.
I've been performing for about four years on and off. Honestly, I'm just hoping to be able to make a living off doing something that I love, even if that doesn't happen, I'll always perform. I always said if one person said to me my music made a difference to them, then I've made it.
You've been busking, doing Open Mics and also some great work with Bad Animal Productions – how do you find the motivation to keep going?
Tell me about this side of things and what is like being a new artist?
My motivation is my love for my music. I've always loved performing my own songs rather than someone else's. I love any opportunity to play, whether it is just playing for friends, busking and live gigs!
I'm glad you mentioned Bad Animal Productions, a local guy Tom (Thomas) Wilson happens to own that and what a talented genius he is! I'm planning on doing my whole EP with his studio. He's a great asset to the Mount Gambier Music Scene.
Being a relatively new artist is always hard, but this town has a great reaction to local musicians, so there are a lot of opportunities for artists to showcase around here.
Love that you attempted to make your own merch! How did that progress?