I first met Johnny Bianco back in 2006, we were introduced by Pittsburgh super producer Nesia Beatz. After watching Johnny on social networks I realized it was time to see what he’s been up to in the last 6 years…
K-Mo: Thanks for taking the time to catch up. You’re currently operating under the name “Militia Music Entertainment”. What does that mean and how did it start?
Johnny Bianco: Well to understand what Militia Music is let’s start off with the definition of militia. A militia is a group of civilians supporting common goals usually in the form of an uprising rebellion. I started my (Bianco) Militia a little over a year ago it was a Facebook group where all my friends ,family, fellow artists and businesses could gather to support not just my music but also one another’s own personal endeavors. In late May of this year one of my life long friends Ken Moore was struck by a truck while riding his ATV and suffered from severe brain trauma among other injuries so i decided to put together a benefit concert in his name to help him with his finances during his recovery! I rallied support from local businesses and artists from all genres when it was all said and done there were over 20+ 0f Western Pa’s humblest performers who all agreed to not only donate their time and talents but also a small contribution to support my wounded friend . It was nice to see every ones camaraderie for another human who at the time was unknown by majority of acts! After all was said and done the show raised $2000 to help assist him! After such a great turnout of not only performers but also patrons I decide to do my best to return the favor to the artists involved by starting a group on Facebook called Militia Music which we all could post opportunities for shows as an outlet for those who helped out my friend it grew from there! Militia Music Entertainment was founded to help offer artist and business alike an affordable and professional chance to get exposure by uniting their fan bases and customers in a unique networking family as well as concert series.
K-Mo: Your most recent mix tape is called Jelly of the Month. Is that a play on jam, which is another name for a song? Tell us about it
Johnny Bianco: The concept of The Jelly of the Month is derived from Chevy Chase’s movie National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. For those who aren’t familiar i suggest you watch the movie its one of the funniest Christmas movies in my book! In this late 80′s film Chevy Chase aka Clark W. Griswald is suffering from the woes and turmoil of having a family Christmas at his house when all he really wants is what he has been waiting the entire movie for his yearly Christmas bonus check so he can put a swimming pool in his backyard. Unfortunately due to his cheap penny pinching boss he hasn’t received it because bonuses had been cut out of the company’s budget. Instead he receives a Jelly of the Month membership which entitles him to one jam a month. Me being a lyricist i used the title Jelly of the Month to metaphorically describe my musical journey because i feel i work hard just to keep getting the Jelly membership instead of my bonus check for my efforts invested. i also used Jelly of the Month because it was originally only going to be 1 jam for each month of the year also playing of the word jam so you were right as well because its sort of a double metaphor in a sense.
K-Mo: That’s unique, I like it. Who is your favorite Pittsburgh producer/studio to work with and why?
Johnny Bianco: My favorite Producer to work with currently is Mike McCue of Swirley Eye Productions. He has been the Producer/Engineer responsible for the majority of the music of mine you hear. Not only does he make most of my beats but he is also a great engineer. If it wasn’t for Swirley (Mike) there may not have been a Johnny Bianco. I recorded my first 10 jams at his studio as well as spent countless hours shadowing him during editing as well as offering insight to him during the building of quite a few of my beats so that we could both get what we wanted out of our music. He never had a problem with me not only progress under his wing as an artist but also as a Producer/Engineer. He helped teach me how to use a few different recording software and beat programs as well as purchase the proper equipment so that i could start to venture on my own when we where unable to link up. Now i have the ability and know how to not only build beats and record myself but do a damn good job at it! So my favorite Studios are Mikes Swirley Eye Productions and my very own I’m Right Here Productions.
K-Mo: Where do you see Militia Music in 5 years?
Johnny Bianco: Our vision for Militia Music Entertainment is to achieve the ability to be a leading force in Hip Hop Promotions not only in Pennsylvania but hopefully nationally and then worldwide.
K-Mo: What is the next project you’re working on and when does it drop?
Johnny Bianco: The next personal project i will be working on will be titled I’m Right Here Productions Presents Jelly of the Month Volume 2 Militia Jelly. This album will showcase not just my talents but also the talents of Pittsburgh’s Elite Artists as well as a few other national collaborations. This will be a double disc format with a special 2nd disc with details i cant release at this current time. As far s a release date i am aiming for spring 2013 at the latest so make sure to keep an eye and ear out for that! As far as a business project i have recently opened my Studio I’m Right Here Productions to the public to cater to the abundance of local artists recording needs. We offer an affordable studio with professional quality to the masses!
K-Mo: What is the best advice you’ve received about being a local independent artist?
Johnny Bianco: Its funny you ask because i was actually told this from our fellow friend Nesia Beatz. He said If you want to rap it takes more than just writing a verse and a hook it takes every ounce of your heart and soul! If you don’t give it everything then you can never truly reach your full potential! its going to take relentless perseverance dedication and professionalism as well as commitment. looking back now he was so right and i am forever grateful for those words of wisdom! Thanks Nesia!