DTK interview with B O S C O
Bosco moved to the musical hotbed of Atlanta in 2008 to pursue not just a career in music, but a career in defining herself as a strong female presence in whatever creative medium presented itself.
Coming from a fashion design background, she felt that the culmination of her interests would work themselves out in the city that is arguably breeding the most artistic creativity in the country at this moment. Being surrounded by types who supported her developing vision while freeing herself to glide into the current of life, she has found herself both a recent signee to Fools Gold Records as well as a notable figure in the eclectic fashion world of Atlanta. Not without some required hustle, she seems to be well on her way to countrywide notoriety for all the right reasons.
I was fortunate enough to catch up with Bosco for a mid-morning chat, smack dab in the middle of her SXSW marathon. Rings in both her hair and her leggings I could instantly sense the energy of a strong female coming into her own as an artist.
What is it like to live in Atlanta in 2015?
“I moved to Atlanta in 2008 to further my music career after going to art school for Fashion Design in Savanah, Georgia. I just got overwhelmed with what was expected of me as a fashion design student and I knew that music was something I always wanted to do. So I moved to Atlanta, and was hustling, and managed to get my first show within two months of being there. I was living in Kennesaw which is like 40 minutes from Atlanta, so having that commute and that hustle and that grind I was like Yo I’m gonna make it."
But over the past eight years the scene has changed so much, I guess it is very trap influenced but its not all trap influenced. We do have a very progressive music and arts scene there with people that are doing very innovative things down there. Pop up shops etc. People like Mike Will, Two-Nine, Rae Sremmurd, who, we all know each other and mingle in the same circles, which I don’t feel like you get a lot of that up in New York. It’s a very communal family and I’m glad that people like Vice are showing Atlanta but there are definitely more parts to it than trap. It’s not over-saturated, you can have your brand and actually cultivate your own demographic, and people fuck with it."
Can you describe the reasoning behind leaving Savannah College of Art and Design?
“I was always the black sheep of whatever, and if you’re not doing what on Style.com, what’s on E, what’s on Bravo… I was very much into menswear, into street fashion, into Japanese streetwear and it was during like the early 2000’s. It was like during 2006-2008 where that whole street style was really popping off and Hypebeast and everyone was doing their thing and they were just not getting it. Now you have Anna Wintour who is coming to people like Milk Studios and say, "we love what you guys are doing it's so progressive, but we’ve been trying to tell you it was tight, eight years ago. So I would encourage… like if you know you’re ahead of the curve, don’t let people make you feel like you’re crazy, like, It’s not my fault you don’t get it…you’ll catch up."
How do you go about dressing yourself these days? Do you shop? Or is there enough other ways to get what you need to stay looking the way you do?
“I am like a true, true thrift store lover and it’s not even about the price tag but how you swag it out. Its like cooking a dish, whether it's BBQ chicken, lemon pepper chicken, it's like how am I gonna freak this jacket out. I have brands hitting me up, but I just go with whatever I see, I’ll pick stuff up off the side of the road, I’ll go to Wal-Mart for some swim shoes. From high fashion to low fashion, I just mix it up. “
Do you feel that the music and the fashion come together with means to empower both yourself and those who are interested in you as an artist?
“I feel like I’m just a messenger of doing your own shit, I feel like we’re in an industry and time where people are always telling you what’s cool, instead of looking at what’s (with)in and I think my call to the world is show other people that they can do that. I mean, I have a heart for girls and like you said women empowerment and I don’t think there is enough of that going on where you see an example of a woman who doesn’t necessarily need to show all their goods. I'm not knocking that, I mean, make your money girl, but there is something to be said about a woman who is about their business, about their money, and their brand who that isn’t really fitting into commercialized industry. Whether it's music of fashion or anything. And I just really hope that whatever I am doing comes across as very pure and organic.”