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Viewer’s Choice: Get to know our ‘Best New Artist’ Banxsy Aliym

Photos: Jeffrey Chambers

Last year, Banxsy Aliym crossed my path. I can’t tell where or when because I don’t remember, but when I heard his music for the first, I thought he was a good songwriter. Over time, he took the necessary steps to structure his songs for the general consumer base. As the Queens-based recording artist continues to find himself as a creator and gets a footing in the music industry, packaging his duality will be the feat he has to master.


GRUNGECAKE: What has been the most difficult things you’ve come to realize as a new artist working to make a breakthrough in the 10’s? What will change for you in 2020?

For me, it has been realizing the importance of content creating in this day in age. It’s necessary for any artist to possess if he/she wants to keep their audience engaged. Consider your brand like a TV network and every piece of good content convinces people to stay tuned in. This year, I want to display my ability to push out content through as many platforms as I can to keep fans invested in Banxsy Aliym.

Do you have a team of people who help you with your music career? What have you been able to accomplish with your team? (If you don’t have a team, what have you been able to do by yourself?)

I do have a team that helps me with creative decisions and I usually consult them on most moves I make. This year, we have been establishing a strong network which allows us to keep a pulse on what’s going on in the industry.

If you could compare your live performance to a holiday dinner, what would be on the menu and why?

A good plate of West Indian jerk—extra spicy! Something you love, something you feel, and something you won’t forget!

Describe your creative process when writing a song. Do you have certain things you have to do with every song you write?

I like to tap into the most personal places in my head in hopes of finding something I can make relatable to others. I want anyone listening to feel like I am directly sharing stories with them. Most, if not all, songs have to start as or expound on a true situation because it also gives an outline for whatever I create.

With all of the changes music has had over the years, how do you see your sound evolving over the next few years? Do you think you have found your sound?

Sometimes, I think I have found my sound, but then again I find it evolving more and more as the trends in music shift. The message is the same, but the delivery is always changing and maybe even for the better. For example, [I] find myself exploring my vocal abilities more now than I ever did and that contributes to the evolution of my sound.

Who are you?

The artist all knowing which is what Banxsy Aliym means, or the artist and the intellect. The two sides of me are displayed throughout the music when I can dive into deep topics, and then sometimes, I choose to be free with my sound as long as it doesn’t compromise who I am. For now, I rather let the people choose how to identify who is Banxsy Aliym.


Listen to the ‘The Essence Tape’ EP below; to see the post that made this feature possible, scroll down or click here to view.



Written by Richardine Bartee

Her unprejudiced love for people, the arts, and business have taken her this far. Join Richardine on her journey as she writes history into existence, one article at a time. Richardine is a member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs, and a GRAMMY U Mentor. She is part of the Complex Day Ones, an exclusive community to help make the Complex experiences even better.