THE LEGEND OF JIM BIANCO
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The first song Bianco ever produced himself (EASY STREET by The Collapsable Hearts Club) ended up on the hit AMC show THE WALKING DEAD, which triggered an explosive reaction worldwide, trending on Twitter, garnering over 15 million Youtube hits, hitting #6 on ITUNES singles and reaching #1 on the Spotify Viral charts. This prompted his current career as a producer.
Since then, he has created hundreds of songs with artists, landing countless placements on television (CBS, NBC, ABC, HBO, Netflix, Disney, Amazon) and advertisements (Grey Goose, Google, Dicks Sporting Goods, Comcast, Peloton, more..)
Before he became a producer, however, Bianco was a performing singer/songwriter...
Bianco is a founding member of the Hotel Café scene, the venue in Los Angeles credited with the renaissance of the LA singer/songwriter movement. With Hotel Café as his jumping-off point, Bianco went on to tour the country and the world.
In 2013, Bianco’s record COOKIE CUTTER was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” with Audie Cornish. Jim performed a song for Audie that he wrote specifically for her based on a questionnaire she had filled out. Here’s a link to the interview. The full Cookie Cutter album can be heard here.
In 2015, Bianco created FORNIQUETTE, a 12-piece brothel band comprised of bawdy horns, gypsy accordion, surf guitar and several of LA’s top burlesque performers. The music defies genre and the live show resembles a circus. Clips from the live performance are here.
Here’s a link to the full FORNIQUETTE record.
In November of 2016, AMC chose a song Jim’s song “EASY STREET” for an epic scene in season 7 of THE WALKING DEAD. This was a track Jim produced for a side project called “The Collapsable Hearts Club”. The placement triggered an explosive reaction worldwide, trending on Twitter, garnering over fifteen million Youtube hits, hitting #6 on ITUNES singles and reaching #1 on the Spotify Viral charts.
In July of 2018, during the height of Trump's child separation policy, the Portland branch of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) blasted EASY STREET for 20 hours at OccupyICE protestors (reenacting the scene from the Walking Dead). Bianco was forced to send a cease and desist to the Department of Homeland Security.
The entirety of this story is featured on NPR’s “Snap Judgement”