Interviews / Musicians

Balancing the Grind With South African Pop Artist BINX

BINX is an Los Angeles-based South African pop artist, who has had a No.1 song in South Africa and performed at the US Open.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your music career to date?

Sure! I have had a No.1 song in South Africa, performed at the US Open, NY Marathon (three years in a row) and I am helping to save the bees with my music. My single ‘Space DJ’ is being played on national radio; Sirius XM throughout the United States.

2) What does a typical day in the life look like for you as an independent musician? Can you take us through a recent day?

Well for the past few months I have spent every single minute I had in the recording studio recording my new album, ‘Bee From Mars’ – which comes out 8th November, Friday.

I basically missed all of Summer! It was my first time full on producing (with @madaatoms) all of the music as well.

Usually I wake up around 5:30am every morning. (I am most inspired and energetic when the sun is up. Weird for a musician, I know.)

I do social media work for most of the day, send a ton of emails promoting my music/content, I workout and then I write music until it’s time to go to bed. I often don’t sleep because my mind races with new lyrics and melodies.

Some evenings I will have shows or events and I am often at pop ups shooting new content! Sundays are usually spent doing photoshoots with / for various brands.

3) Do you have any tips, tricks or shortcuts to help you manage your workload and schedule?

I am old fashioned and love keeping a physical day planner to help me organize shows / meetings and any other important dates.

Also, I have no memory without to-do notes. I have millions of them and I dedicate a big task for each day and fill in as many smaller to-do’s whenever I have time.

4) In between your music, life and all your other responsibilities, how do you ensure you find some sort of balance in your life?

In order to balance my life, I feel it’s best when I am disciplined and dedicate time for everything I want to do.

It sounds high maintenance (maybe it is) to schedule time in for friends, work, relaxing or whatever else but it helps to not spend too much time and energy on just one of those things. Time passes quickly and I don’t want to have any regrets!

5) What does work life balance mean to you?

Work life balance for me simply means thinking vs not thinking. In between making music and performing, I also want to be spontaneous, see the world, have conversations with family and friends and drink champagne without making decisions!

I am the kind of person who moves at lightning speed and then I suffer from massive burnouts / insomnia. Which is a blessing and a curse because once I am inspired I cannot turn it off and I absolutely LOVE what I do, or I wouldn’t do it.

I live and breathe music and I don’t consider it work but it is. Sometimes I wish I could know what it feels like to be bored. Maybe I’ll schedule some time in for that.

6) What do you think are some of the best habits you’ve developed over the years to help you strive for success and balance?

Practicing persistence, organization and patience. (I still often have to remind myself to be patient).

Exercising each day also helps boost my energy as well as meditating to calm my anxiety.

7) Are there any books that have helped you improve over the years?

  • Everything You Need To Know About The Music Business by Donald S Passman. Title speaks for itself.
  • The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

8) What is the number one thing you do to make sure you get the most out of your day?

Music: Write / Complete a song

Personal: Text someone I love

9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

Don’t lose your dreams, or you’ll lose your mind. Relationships are the most important thing and always try to help make a difference in the world, no matter how big or small.

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.