Her voice like a mountain river flow of crystalline waters. Bianca Adanna Okorocha known as her stage name -Clay, is a rock musician who has been growing her unlikely genre on the Nigerian soil. You may recognize her from the heartwarming song Ogadisinma or the self-love anthem Queen B which featured Aramide. We had a chat with the rising talent to learn more about her style of music, and of course, her “dark” and edgy taste in fashion.
Can you please tell us about the origin of your stage name – Clay?
Clay means better and better. Take ordinary clay soil, add some water, mould, put in the fire… You see that with time, process and effort, ordinary clay becomes something beautiful. What my name means is: it is never my best, I’ll keep getting better.
Why do you think rock music is (still) yet to gain much popularity in Africa?
I think every genre has their time in different parts of the world. There was a time when rock and roll was the pop in the west, another time pop rock was the pop, now trap is pop. In Nigeria afrobeats music is the mainstream. Who knows what will be the mainstream a few years from now? We rockers are growing and honing in on our craft waiting for the right time. In some parts of Africa, rock music is big and growing. Hopefully, Nigeria will catch up.
We think you are a Gothic princess. Tell us about your fashion style.
[Laughs] …I guess. I think my style is a little bit of darkness and some pastel. It’s all confusing. [Laughs] I like loose clothing and my favourite colour is black. I just dress how I’m comfortable, honestly. If that’s goth, punk, emo or regular. It’s cool.
The Nigerian music industry today now comprises many genres. Which of today’s genres do you think blends well with rock music the most?
Thankfully! I think rap music is still the easiest flow with rock. But hey, some experimenting is good. Would be cool to see afropop and rock .
What has been your inspiration to be a rock musician?
Not sure how to answer this. That’s because, doing what I do isn’t a struggle. I don’t even think about it. It’s basically my whole life. I do this because it’s who I am.
Who are your band mates and what instruments do they play?
The Misfits is the name of the band. Nonso on the bass, Jerry on the drums, Orange on the lead guitar, Best on the rhythm, David on the violins.
What is the creative process writing your music?
There’s no one way. Sometimes I hear a mad melody in my mind, I write to it. Other times, a theme comes to me and I create to that. Other times, my producer (Coldflames) has an idea and we build.
Who is the ONE Nigerian musician you would love to collaborate with in 2020?