BC, also known as BCGotBars is a man with many talents. As an independent artist, he is the epitome of putting in work with his music, brand, and marketing. BC writes his own music, produces, and even designs. He is definitely an entrepreneur. While he is doing grassroots marketing or on social media promoting his latest single, “Boomin’ in My Civic,” BC has the knowledge of what it takes to become a popular name in underground hip hop. He has his support system and fans and can say that his music is being heard all over the US. Remember the name because BC isn’t going anywhere no time soon.
Check out our interview with the hip hop artist below!
Tell us about yourself and your music.
BC: My name is BC (alias BCGotBars), a songwriter, recording artist, producer, performer, graphic designer, and entrepreneur from Los Angeles. I’d consider myself much more than just those titles, because I got my hands in just about everything- but we’re just going to keep it short and sweet today. [Laughs] I just got distribution for my first studio-mastered single “Boomin’ in My Civic”, but I do release a lot of budget-friendly home recordings on Soundcloud. Basically, I am my own fuckin’ tycoon, epitomizing what a DIY artist should be. I write, make a lot of my own beats, record, mix, master (when I got the funds), market myself, push my own shit, book my own venues, edit all my photos and videos… you get the picture, mane. I’m taking it upon myself to hustle and become successful, I ain’t idly waiting around for shit to pop.
How would you describe your sound?
BC: A lot of my peers said if I was out in the early 90’s, I would’ve been multi-platinum. [Laughs] Whether they mean that statement as an insult or a compliment, I take them both as good. I have a lot of “golden age” influences and it reflects in my music. There is a high level of nostalgia in my sound, but I incorporate a lot from my generation as well. I’m out here trying to bridge the widespread gap between Hip-Hop generations and create an eclectic sound everybody could feel and listen to, youngins and old heads alike. Basically, I make the shit that I like to listen to. Definitely 90’s West Coast and 80’s Miami Bass type styles, with 70’s funk and Latin influences… maybe some early 2000’s R&B in the mix too.
Talk about your single “Boomin’ In My Civic”.
BC: It was a dedication to my first car, and to all the tuner cats. I feel as if I effectively captured the real life essence and feelings of freedom of myself cruising the block, kicking it with the shawties, while bumping the music I wanna bump with disregard of any onlookers and passersby. I feel it’s a song that a lot of people can relate to, in comparison to all these establishment rappers talking about Maybachs and Raris. I’m just getting it how I live right now- there’s no fake stunting over here. I was able to get distribution for it, so the single is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, Tidal, iHeartRadio, YouTube Music and more. Cop that jernt.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
BC: I’m currently working on an EP. It’ll be myself and my brother Saif (@BeatsBySaif) handling all the production, with a couple features from the big homie Jerel Eyeni (@JerelEyeni) and F.A.M.O.U.S (@effinfamous). There will be a visual for every song on this EP, so I’m out here investing into it- getting these songs mastered, making sure the quality of the music is its audible best. Also featured on this EP is the Saif-produced remix of “Boomin”, which (in my opinion) goes harder than the original I produced. I been doing shows and festivals out here on the Central Coast, and I just landed a bi-weekly residency at the world-famous Planet Gemini in Monterey. I also was able to land a sponsorship from Atomic 1800 Streetwear in Monterey (streetwearfashion.com).
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
BC: Finally being able to have my own venue is dope in my opinion. I bring in who I want, which usually consists of like-minded, motivated, driven local artists who want a platform to showcase their skills to a crowd, while also billing myself as the headliner. My street team and I do all the promotions, visiting campuses and hitting the streets. We actually get out and meet potential show-goers while putting our names out there. We’re out here putting on great performances! . S/O to my peoples F.A.M.O.U.S and Suriya for helping make these events happen every other Thursday. More venues to come. More festivals. More wins, more blessings like [DJ] Khaled would say. I don’t ever get tired.
Name your ideal collaboration.
BC: There’s a lot of independent artists and industry artists who have influenced me in some way, shape, or form and I gotta work with them sometime. The Cool Kids, LNDN Drugs, Pac Div, Curren$y, Domo Genesis, Mac Miller, Kali Uchis- to name some of today’s artists. I want to work with veterans like DJ Quik, Snoop Dogg, Too $hort, The Game, DJ Mr. Mixx, Suga Free, Missy Elliott and Pharrell someday too. I just wanna make classics, who cares if it sells or not. Too many motherfuckers are trying gimmicks and making whack shit just because it’ll sell right now. Like that one Drake intro said, “Only real music is going to last, all that other fake shit is here today and gone tomorrow.” I care about the advancement of Hip-Hop as a culture. Real shit.
Name something random that people do not know about you.
BC: I’m very socially conscious. I stay on the grind, but I’m not blind to everything that is going on in present day USA. A lot of the things I read upon in current events have me saddened and outraged like everybody else, but the way I vent my energy is through music. I’d rather influence somebody in a positive light through conscious messages over tight beats. I have a song called “Unify” that will be out very soon that a lot of people are going to feel. Overall, I’m going to continue to spread positive energy and love because that’s what we need more of in these trying times of negativity and pain.
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
BC: I learned that if you want it, you can get it as long as you hustle. I’m not from Northern California, but I’m out here doing it. By me getting out of the house and making connections and physically meeting people I was able to get shit poppin’ up here. Upcoming artists who want exposure need to brand themselves better if they plan getting anywhere! I built a nice core following by staying true to myself. I’m active and outgoing on social media, but I’m also proactive and outgoing on the streets, as well. You can’t say you’re on your grind, but you’re always in the house getting a good night’s sleep. You really gotta get up, get out, and get something! It all boils down to how bad you want to be successful. I know how bad I want it.
What can we expect from you in the future?
BC: Major things. You’ll see me shine on a major platform soon enough. My work ethic and drive is what separates me from the other so-called “up and coming” artists. I’m out here rocking my own styles and staying true to myself- I ain’t trying to blend in with the norm and be something I’m not. Once I find my market and hit the target, I’m bound to start shit. [Laughs]
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
BC: Cop that “Boomin’ In My Civic” single out on all major music platforms right now. Be on the lookout for the audio/visual EP. Check me out on social media, and visit my website bcgotbars.com. Stay tuned.. I’m not your average run of the mill artist, best believe I’m gonna shake some shit up. Orale, pues! Peace.
Social Media: @BCGotBars
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