Our beginnings are something to cherish. It’s our upbringing that has a everlasting effect on how we view life. We take what we see around us as children and try to take it to the next level. I got the chance to see this in action with my friend Eddie aka TBOE Blanco. I’ve known Eddie since high school and have seen a lot of growth from him as an artist as well as a person and he shared insights on his new project.
What led you to wanting to start recording music?
I’ve always had a passion for music. I used to wake up every weekend to music blasting and my mom cleaning. Every time I learned a new song I’d perform it for my mom and get breakfast for it. Good times.
Do you find it hard balancing going to school and doing music?
It is a little overwhelming at times and I do lose a lot of sleep sometimes I go days with properly sleeping and it does take a toll on me mentally and physically. I tend not to show it but sometimes it shows on its own but I can’t help but grind it’s all I know right now. It’s bittersweet because my mom worries about me and I worry about her tenfold, I’m doing this for her, my dad, friends and family. They deserve the world and I just want to provide them with it.
What do you think is the benefit of doing both?
The benefit of it is that it makes networking effortless. Since we are all roughly the same age it’s easy to relate to one another as well as communicate. Also, since I’m studying business some of the things I learn help me grow not only as a person but as business as well.
I have grown as an artist exponentially ive been making music for almost 10 years now. My latest work has shown my evolution as an artist and I hope everyone that takes the time to listen to it enjoys it
What’s your direction for the upcoming album?
The album is about me as a person. It’s an informal introduction of who I am to those who don’t know me. It’s been almost 2 years and I feel like it’s finally ready to debute! The project is named The Beginnings because the concept of this album came about when I first started rapping. It was me and my two cousins, MoNo and Dela, and at the time I wanted to drop something. We were brainstorming names and Dela said why not name it The Beginnings because it’s your beginning and it stuck. That’s where my name comes from TBOE meaning The Beginnings Over Everything and Blanco is my legal last name.
My favorite part of recording is editing. I get to be as creative as I’d like and I feel like this is what helps me stand out as an artist. Mylez, my engineer, calls me a mad scientist when I get in the groove. Even when I’m in the studio for a friends session I’m talking to Mylez giving him ideas about plug ins, tone, and feel.
How do you feel about the youth in the city who are on the rise in music?
I love it! I’d tell them keep working and never stop. Put on for your city and your family, the rest will fall into place afterwards.
Anything else you wanna say?
Reverse is coming soon on all major platforms. I’m performing in Toronto in April and throwing a show in PA in April too.
Thank you to everyone who took the time out to read this. Also a huge thank you to Brint aka NotBrint for the love and support! This is only The Beginning *pun intended*.
(All pictures taken by me.)