FO­LIO

Once upon a time, B.P. Valen­zuela went to a stu­dio and wasn’t taken se­ri­ously; now, all ears are on her

Scout - - INSIDE SCOUT - BY MARA SAN­TIL­LAN MIANO

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

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