Biso Collabs is an artist for local artists. His mission is to collaborate with fellow local artists and make projects they are proud to share and express to the world. Intentionally writing music to encourage hope, positivity, love, and faith, Biso Collabs always has an underlying light-hearted and uplifting sound in his tracks!
We sat down with Thabiso Ndiraya to talk about Biso Collabs’ tune I Met A Boy (IMAB), accomplishments, advice and more.
Where do you come from?
I am originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, but I found my sound in music during my time in Dallas Texas, and now Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tell us about Biso Collabs’ tune IMAB, the process behind it, how did it come together, and why did you write this song?
“IMAB” is a song that Clara Correa, my girlfriend, wrote when we first started dating. She sent me a voice memo of her singing along with her Ukulele and right away I knew it was something special. A couple of years later, after some practice with GarageBand and producing, I proposed the idea of fully producing the song, and Clara was on board. We recorded it with the help of Ukulenny, a friend I met over Instagram when I was in search of an excellent ukulele player! We love the final product and all the extra ear candy that my frequent producing partner, Brian LaRue helped me add to elevate the song!
What do you like most about playing music?
What I love most about playing music is its ability to capture the moment. Making music is my version of taking a picture or a video. Every time I hear a certain song, it takes me back to that SPECIFIC time, place, and emotion, and that’ll never get old to me.
Which instrument is your favourite to play and why?
The piano is probably my favourite instrument to play because it’s built in a way that makes it easier to experiment with different notes and chord shapes!
What type of musician would you prefer to collaborate with?
A musician I would like to collaborate with is H. E. R! I feel like her ability to play multiple instruments and write songs is super underrated in the industry and she would elevate my songwriting!
Do you create for yourself or for your fans?
I create music for myself and then people who relate to those feelings I’m expressing in each song, become fans. I feel like that’s how it always should be. That’s how you can guarantee authentic music!
What made you want to become a musician?
My passion for music and collaboration is what made me want to become the musician I am. I find pleasure in connecting with other artists and making a project we are proud of and putting it out there to see who can relate and vibe with it as well. That process is like a drug to me. I’m addicted to it!
Who do you see as your main competitor?
My main competitor is me. I feel like if I try to be better than my yesterday-self, that will motivate me to just be a great musician in general, yet still be proud and happy for other musicians.
What accomplishments do you see yourself achieving in the next five to 10 years?
In the next 5-10 years I see myself becoming an established songwriter/producer. I see myself collaborating with a lot of other artists, even internationally! I also see myself putting out at least 100 songs under my own catalog and just continually getting better as an artist and a person!
What’s the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you?
The best advice I’ve ever gotten from another musician is to take a break when I’m stuck on a song. Most times, musicians spend hours trying to inspire themselves to finish a song, but they just grow frustrated and depleted instead. I used to be like this until I was advised to step away! When you are stuck on a song, step away from it. Go for a walk. Go eat. Go listen to other music. Go work on another project. And then a couple of hours to a day later, come back to it and try again. This allows you to find inspiration from somewhere else and have more grace on yourself!
Are there any musicians who inspire you? What qualities do you admire about them?
Jon Bellion, Jack Antonoff, Finneas, and Michael Jackson are some musicians that inspire me. I love the fire and childishness of their creative process. You can tell they truly enjoy making music and are entirely free in their creative space. I aspire to always be that free and passionate about my music because that’s the only way I’ll stay motivated and consistent with my growth and projects.
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