The Bank Chronicles

  • Byron Bank with Vinci Headphones

    Thoughts On Headphones: What
    Makes Them Great To Me

    I tend to keep a pair of headphones with me throughout the day, no matter what. My headphones are always closely nearby, just like a sidekick. They’re available in different sizes, styles, colors and sound which make it harder to choose which one suits you. But I’m not sure if they stalk me or am I stalking them. I have my specific take on headphones and it’s all of the above mentioned.

    Size of Headphones

    The size of any particular headphone is important. I know I don’t want to have some supersize ear muffs on my head. I can’t fathom to see where would I sit these things when I’m not using them. Can you image that? A box on a box.  I definitely wouldn’t want them tiny or microscopically small.  I would probably break them coming out of the box or within the first usage of my daily workout. There’s a certain conform level I lean to when it comes to them.

    Style and Color of Headphones

    First, I will say that style is the second most important aspect to me. Nobody wants to rock some ugly headphones. Then I don’t know why you would read this paragraph.  I will say that the size can also influence their style. But I will also say there’s some nice ugly large and small headphones on the market. And if you’re like me, I like to make sure my outfit and accessories gel together.

    Headphones can for sure be considered as a part of fashion.  When we look at people we tend to view  them as a whole, I know I do. If I’m rocking a special design or color, it could be that one element in my wardrobe that sticks out.  The colors I prefer are white, blue, black and red. But type of headphones I prefer are mostly over the ear. Here are a few reasons why I say that. Those colors will almost gel well with any type of outfit.  I fell more comfortable with over the ear when I’m in my creative process. And for mobile use, I do use a few in-ear headphones.

    Sound of Headphones

    Now let’s get into why sound is the number one thing I look for. Sound is where I make my final decision if these are for me. I’m a bass type of guy but I also like to have a balance between the bass and treble. I get so excited when I can hear the bass clearly. It makes me imagine what it would sound like in my car or on a sound system. I don’t like to equalize any settings only listen to the content in it’s rare form. No matter the brand, noise cancellation makes my listening more pleasurable. All I want to hear is quality music and fell like I’m there.

    My Final Thoughts

    Lastly, here are my final thoughts on what makes headphones great and awesome to me. As I mentioned above size, style, color and sound are my key focal points in decision making. There are some great name brands out there as well as a few no name brands to chose from. And there’s some brand names that should be no name brands with awful sound. I’ve had my few and I promise that will never happen again. Long story short, if you’re around me you’ll notice that I don’t play when it comes down to my headphones. My daily use, wear and artistry would not settle for less.

  • What Is A Lyrical Machine?: It’s
    Singular Not Plural

    I’m going to start by introducing my highly lyrical self to you as, Byron Bank. I’m a Hip-Hop lyricist and storyteller born and raised in Houston, Texas. My dedication, passion, drive and persistence on and behind the scenes shines bright. Being family-oriented, is the reason why I strive to be able to leave a strong legacy to be viewed as motivating and inspiring.

    My Musical and Lyrical Journey

    My musical journey started when I was 15 years old. Growing up all I did was play video games, basketball and go to school. Until one day, in the living room watching television, I fell in love with this Casio keyboard advertisement. And for my birthday, my grandmother purchased that keyboard and I was ready to make my own tunes. I’m not going to lie and say I can play like Ray Charles but I can play by ear. There wasn’t a lot of things to do when I was growing up besides playing basketball, video games and getting an education. That stuff was getting boring to me but music never did.

    I was always listening to music through my Sony walkman when I was riding public transportation or walking to the corner store. I would listen to Phat Pat, Lil Keke, UGK, Scarface, Digital Underground, Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. Until one day a group of friends introduced me to Rakim, Souls of Mischief, KRS One and other lyrical pioneers. And then I feel in love with the use of metaphors, double entendre and the art of storytelling even more.

    My Lyrical Alccolades

    After disembarking from a hiphop group, I decided to continue and pursue my music independently. It was fun working with friends who were lyrical too. We helped pushed each other styles and word play ability next level . But it was also hard with getting everyone on the same page at times. I’ve learned a lot from watching the group succeed and from experiencing a few set backs all together. This really helped shaped my knowledge in the industry as a business man and an entrepreneur.

    Not trying to toot my own horn but thus far I’ve made some great accomplishments. I’ve opened up for major artists such as Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Lil Scrappy, T-wayne and more. My album “Change” won an award for Best Independent Hip-Hop Album in 2015 and single “T.H.O.T” received airplay on 97.9 the Box, Houston’s Radio One station. I was stoked to have my own Pandora curated station go live months later. Futhermore, I’ve completed my first multi-city tour in 2016. And also released a 17 song album, “Current Situations” in 2017 with no feature artist collaborations. Lastly, I’m working on a new EP that will be releasing in 2018 titled, “Metamorphosis”.

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