Maryland-based musician BINNY just released his debut single, ‘Retrograde,’ a song that deals with toxic relationships and bad influences.
The song highlights impressive falsetto vocals, smooth, seductive lo-fi beats and silky R&B melodies, illustrating heart and emotion.
BINNY — which derives from the Vietnamese name Trị Bình, which means peace, — is the moniker of Maryland born and bred musician Brian Lim.
BINNY’s leading single ‘Retrograde’ details yearning to be with someone you shouldn’t be with, and trying to fight the lure and temptations.
“I’ve definitely experienced being infatuated with someone who may not have the best influence on me, but I’d risk it all to put them first,” BINNY confides. “It is inspired by the unexplainable reasons one may continue a relationship that is toxic.”
Also keen on astrology, the songwriter takes notes of behaviors people have when Mercury is in retrograde, which plays a big part in the narrative.
Having sung before he could even talk, Brian’s musicality runs deep in his veins. Growing up in a family of musicians, he learnt the piano from the early age of six, before self-teaching the guitar, and eventually songwriting.
Having worked with numerous artists and producers, BINNY soon decided to make his own songs, enabling his music to follow its true path, and ultimately shine with authenticity.
BINNY seeks inspiration from a multitude of artists including Ariana Grande, Drake, Lolo Zouai, Celine Dion and Kim Petras, pulling elements of the soulful, R&B greats and powerhouse vocalists.
Admitting how both listening and writing music are equally therapeutic, BINNY hopes that conveying his true emotions and thoughts may act as a form of medication for audiences.
The artist also strives to represent Asian Americans in pop culture and mainstream music, something that he feels lacks recognition.
“I hope to be a part of that change and be an inspiration to other Asian Americans who want to pursue music,” he shares.
A fashion enthusiast, BINNY also uses his style to express himself.
“It is also important for me that my music is translated visually in what I’m wearing,” he shares.
Aside from songwriting, BINNY also grew up doing theater in school, and took part in numerous productions. In college, he was a part of an award-winning a capella group that got to compete in the International Championships of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA) on Broadway.