Once upon a time, B.P. Valenzuela went to a studio and wasn’t taken seriously; now, all ears are on her
B.P. Valenzuela, 19, Producer, singer/songwriter
Grew up in: Manila, Philippines. Currently: Producing music, but I still sing and write most of it myself! It just so happens that I make synth pop. I’m leaning more into the pop territory for the upcoming album. I’m working with Nick Lazaro from Twin Lobster/Moonwlk on that. On starting young: I wrote a lot at a young age and started playing guitar seven years ago to cover Third Eye Blind songs. I took a lot of music theory classes, bought a lot of weird, used instruments, and made my own stuff in my bedroom—and I’ve been writing music in my room for the same amount of time. Once, I went to a studio alone and they didn’t take me seriously and gave me subpar, unedited mixes. Ever since, I taught myself to engineer my own stuff. On all the sudden
attention: I’m glad my music gets to people. My age may be a factor but it never mattered to me. There’s no excuse to be idle. When things have never been so available, there’s no excuse not to be trying new things. Actually, it makes it even harder to get yourself out there, and that makes it more rewarding. I have this huge fear of being a novelty, to be just that “young girl,” but I’ve always believed in my capacity to work just as hard as anyone else.
Her dream collaborations: Dev Hynes, Elvis,
and Thom Yorke.
Tools of the trade include a decade-old Yamaha DD-55
The main poster on BP’s bedroom wall: adult sitcom South Park
The stage footwear of choice: Panda sock slippers