Who do we know as one of the baddest and fiercest MC’s from Leicester? Trillary Banks!
I took some time out to interview Ms. Trillary Banks to find out how her musical journey started, what she’s doing now and where she plans to be in the future.
Trillary grew up around musical influences that led her from a young age into a musical direction, “my Dad was a jungle DJ and most of the older boys around me used to rap so it’s something I grew-up around. When people got to a certain age people started to develop crews and gangs, and there were a few main ones from around my area. My brother was involved in one, before me, so I was just inspired by how I used to see them vibe with each other and rhyme with words.”
“It was interesting to me, I used to think that was really cool.”
Trillary was always big on being in the lime light, “before writing my own music, it would’ve been youth clubs, after-school clubs, performing in plays and dancing. I think I knew in my heart that I was talented which is why I still do it all now.”
Growing up an only child and living only with her Mother from the age of 5, Trillary Banks has always had the guidance and support of a strong, independent woman leading the way. “My Mum is very encouraging for me to make music, very supportive. It’s good to have her behind me, I probably would’ve quit ages ago if I didn’t have her encouraging me.”
“My Mum is very encouraging for me to make music, very supportive.”
Banks has a range of sick music that she’s dropped over the past few years but I was intrigued to see which song in particular was her all-time favourite, “Sex on the Radio, which is on my mixtape, I dropped that a couple of years ago, that had substance. It had a singer, a bridge, it had choruses, it was a song to me, that was good music as appose to just spitting on a beat. Since then, I’ve done Dinero, that’s like an up-tempo trappy song which is quite empowering for females, that’s a song that I do love.”
“I’ve got a new song I’m going to drop soon, it’s called, Come Over Mi Yard, that’s probably my personal favourite now, I only made that a few months ago. They’re my three favourites in order of how they came out and where they are.”
Being raised only by her Mother made Trillary the woman she is today, she’s always had a strong, independent mentality from the sounds of it, and who other to thank for this than her Mum.
“My Mum’s always taken me away so I’ve always known to travel because she was able to take me away. She worked enough so she could take me on holiday, so I could have good clothes. She’s always been very motivated to make sure that I have the best, so I feel like I am the same. That’s why I travel so much and I do so many things and how I’m so strong in how I come across is because I know people, who haven’t had the opportunities and I know where I come from. So, yeah, I think that my independence is definitely down to my Mum.”
Now, everyone’s got to have a back-up plan if their plan A doesn’t happen to work out, “My plan B was always to be an entrepreneur, to be travelling. I’d be an entrepreneur in loads of different ways, businesses, clothing ventures, jewellery, events. I do quite a few events, getting young people from Leicester and surrounding cities together to perform.”
“My plan B is just to travel, be a free-spirit, be able to gain different experiences in different parts of the world, always to work for myself and try and think of ways that I can be a successful business woman, so if the music doesn’t work, it will always be me just making my own money, independently, as an individual.”
Trillary currently has a clothing line, EnTrapreneurUK, you can check out and cop some fresh, new summer threads via EnTrapreneurUK online n0w!
Trillary grew-up in Leicester, East Midlands and she’s one of the very few female MC’s from the city. Since Trillary belongs to a big industry with such a large number of talented contributors, I know it must be hard to gain the right type of recognition.
“It’s difficult, especially contacting people Link Up TV, they’re cool, they talk to me but as far as anyone else, it’s hard to get a response from them. When you come from a smaller city, it’s difficult to access the media side and just to get people to help you get your material out there, that’s been difficult for me.”
Trillary Banks is the first female musician that I’ve interviewed, I was intrigued to find out what she thought about the rap scene for females, since she’s actively part of a typically male dominated industry, I wanted to find out what she thought about the equality of the scene for females.
“It’s definitely not equal. You’ve got SB.TV, GRM Daily, Link Up TV- all men behind these channels. It could be equal if a female created a channel so I’m not always hollering males regarding uploads, I’m hollering at a female as well, that would be a good way.”
“People in the industry need to start giving females more props, and creating more angles for them, for shows, headlining shows, pushing visuals out there, maybe be more welcoming for females to submit their stuff and just be more accepting of the whole craft really. I feel like it’s not very equal at all, as a female and any other female artist would be able to tell you about the struggles that we face, that men in the scene won’t have to go through.”
What are your opinions on the representation of female’s in rap?
“So, right now it’s “nigga, bitches, hoes,” cool, we could say ‘these black brothers need to stop saying “bitches and hoes”,’ but if you’re not a bitch or a hoe you’re not going to be offended by it.”
“Sometimes when we’re being ratchet we even rap along, we don’t even care. It doesn’t bother me, men can stop the way they use it, but it’s like when I say “nigga,” I don’t say it in a derogatory term. So, when guys say “hoes and bitches” it just sounds good, but they don’t mean it literally. It’s slang basically, so I’m not offended by it. As long as people don’t come to me like that on a day-to-day, we’re cool.”
Trillary Banks was the first artist from Leicester to be featured on Tim Westwood’s Crib Sessions, which is a pretty big deal. Westwood has been dropping crib sessions since 2013, you can watch Trillary’s session below!
“That was a chance for me to go and do my thing, I didn’t want to go on and rant for too long, I just wanted to go, give them 5/6 minutes, let them know what it is, then hopefully the next one I have, I’ll be a lot more built as an artist. It was good, it was cool, he was cool, he was quite welcoming as well, the whole team were. It was a good experience for me, still.”
What’s the plan for 2017?
“2017, I’m planning to drop a song every month. A video every month, we did Swaggin’, in January, Dinero, in February, the video I shot in Amsterdam, I’m going to drop now I was supposed to drop at the end of march, but I had a few little issues with editing and stuff, I’m going to shoot the video for Come Over Mi Yard, soon too, so that will drop in the next couple of weeks, so I might have to drop two this month which will back date for march.”
You can watch the video to Dinero below:
I ask everyone this, I love to find out where artists want to be and where they think they’ll be in 5 years’ time…
“5 years from now, I’ll be 30 nearly, oh my God. I want to have a few music awards; I want to have a top 10 single or album. I want to be well on my way, living somewhere hot, making money from music, probably be signed to a label. I want to have my own label, so be signed under a label with opportunities to bring other female artists through as well and sign people under what I’m doing. Just be successful, doing what I’m doing now but on a bigger scale.”
You can watch Trillary Banks performing at RILLA Sessions on Thursday 27th April from 8pm-1am, Boxpark, Croydon.