Music is a force that can instigate change, and Veronica Bianqui is using music to spread awareness for a cause she genuinely cares about.
Bianqui recently released "Victim," an upbeat song with a retro touch. We have your first look at the accompanying music video, which has a vintage vibe to match. Inspired by her own experiences of self-victimization, the positivity of the song is meant to encourage others to break free from the role of a victim. Yet while "Victim" was written based off her own story, the song honors her late sister, Marlene, who sadly passed away earlier this year.
Although the song may have stemmed from quite a dark place initially, it has an upbeat sound that emphasizes the message of courage that Bianqui ultimately aims to spread. She incorporates a 60s-pop vibe along with the raw energy of rock and soul. With a background in musical theatre, jazz, and classical music, Bianqui's influences span a wide range of genres, which are apparent in the track. "I've had enough of playing victim/It's kind of tough, but I'm ready for big changes," she sings, encouraging you to take hold of life and fight any victimization you subject yourself to. Bianqui's voice is lilting but powerful, melodic while aiming to empower. She revealed her hopes for anyone who listens to the song:
"I wrote this song when I started discovering how being emotionally co-dependent has negatively affected my life by creating a pattern of self-victimization. Now, to me, it represents the hope for addicts to escape from their cycle of addiction. I hope it serves as inspiration for addicts and their loved ones around the world that you can put your foot down and change - that you don't have to be a victim, like my sister - and so many millions of others - unfortunately have been."
The music video similarly has a 60s vibe to it that matches the sonic of the song. This is immediately apparent with the opening sequence of her name and "Victim" in retro font, the quality of the video being reminiscent of an old film. Bianqui flips through channels on a dated TV with a bored expression on her face. As the song progresses into the chorus, she finally breaks free from the confines of the sterile, white room into a yellow one–where we see a fun cameo by OTW favorite Lauren Ruth Ward. The music video is vibrant, highlighting the positive tone of the song's message. The video ends with a note to viewers: "In honor of Veronica's late sister, Marlene Bianqui, proceeds made from purchasing the 'Victim' single via iTunes and Bandcamp will be donated to the Harm Reduction Coalition."
Yes, Bianqui is donating 100% of all proceeds of this song to the Harm Reduction Coalition to help combat addiction.
With the release of such a unique song with a powerful intention, we wait in expectation for more from Bianqui. We'll keep a look out for her nearly finished debut album, projected to be released in 2018.
Check out the music video for "Victim," support the cause, and stream the song below: