07 Jun Artist Interview – BABii – “HiiDE”
We caught up with BABii ahead of the release of her debut album “HiiDE” due on the 5th of July on Death Waltz.
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SR: Hi BABii, thanks for taking the time to answer these questions. We’re loving the new album by the way!
B: You are too kind <3
SR: How would you describe your style?B: ✧ ·ﾟ : * ✧ ·ﾟ :* With the following anecdote. *: ·ﾟ ✧ *: ·ﾟ ✧
B: ‧ ͙⁺ ˚* · ༓ ☾ When I was in nursery I was a lil’ cute kid with big rosy cheeks, always smiling and I didn’t look like I could hurt a fly. Little did the nursery know that I was a little shit that ended up biting a girls belly till it bled and pushing some bossy kid off the top of a slide. Eventually I got kicked out. That’s my style. Sweet but secretly hard as fuck. ☽༓･ *˚ ⁺‧ ͙
SR: Who/what are your influences?B: ☆ . 。 .:* I am influenced by pretty much everything, and it goes far beyond music, I actually hardly listen to it. I really like films and stories and fictional things so a lot of the time that creeps into how I make things. I recently realised I like making things sound like strange environments that probably wouldn’t ever happen in real life, such as a remix I did recently for Catnapp, which sounds like a sword fight at a drum and bass night in the local pub. I also like using unlikely metaphors for things, I recently wrote some lyrics for a secret project I am working on with some friends which was using a Digivice (a kinda tamagotchi type thing from Digimon) as a metaphor for not being able to trust someone. . 。 .:* ☆
SR: You’re clearly a very accomplished producer, how long have you been producing music? How did you get into it?B: * ♡ ∞: 。 . 。 I have been messing with recording music since I was about 14, but none of my friends or anyone I knew really knew about that kinda stuff when I was younger and the internet wasn’t that good for finding out how to do it, so I was going in blind. I just used to mess on Audacity and record my baby sisters toys and make noises with this weird multi effects Line 6 amp that my dad bought for me off some dodgy guy. I then I got introduced to Garage Band after that, my favourite teacher dug out the only mac in the school from a dusty cupboard and I used to stay late after school, or go there when I got kicked out of lessons, so I could make songs and little films on it. Eventually I got my own Macbook and I watched 100,000 YouTube tutorials and made songs everyday and experimented with lots of things, and I am still doing that now, I don’t think I will ever stop learning new things with production, because if that day ever comes I think it will be a bad one. 。 . 。 :∞ ♡ *
SR: How did the link up with Death Waltz come about?B: . 。 * ﾟ +.*. 。 I kinda got lucky, as Spencer from Death Waltz lives and owns a record shop called Transmission in the same town as me, and when I started BABii, I wanted to get as good as possible playing live, so I played loads and loads of shows in around town and Spencer caught me play a few times and then approached me after my 1,000,000th local to release the album. I had no idea who Death Waltz was and after figuring it out, it felt like the right home for my album and I feel super honoured to be releasing something with such a well respected label. • +.. 。 * ﾟ +
SR: I’m sensing some dark undertones to a lot of the tracks, lyrically and musically, was there any over reaching concept/theme/inspiration when you were writing it?B: * ＊ ✿❀ When I wrote it I had just moved back to my home town and I was in a relationship which just wasn’t working anymore and I was really sad about it, so I just started making songs about it in secret to deal with all of my emotions, it was pretty broken and I kinda felt like I was a secret in his life, which is why it ended up being called HiiDE, because it was about feeling a secret, keeping hiding things from each other and I also wrote it in secret. ❀✿ ＊ *
SR: Adrian Sherwood is a legendary dub producer, that’s quite an amazing collab to have for your debut, how did that happen?B: . ·。 . ·゜ ✭ · Its kinda a long story, but when I moved back home I didn’t want the pressure of making things to a deadline, so I kept it all on the down low. Adrian lived in the same place as me and he quickly figured out that I made music and persistently invited me over to his studio. I had no idea who he was as a music man, so I kinda wasn’t that bothered to begin with, and then one day I asked him what he had been up to, and he told me he had been working with Nisennenmondai in Japan and that was super exciting to me! A week later I saw him play with Squarepusher and I loved his set so much that I quickly made it to his studio as soon as I possibly could. He’s now like family to me and I call him Poppa Ade. · ✫ ·゜·。 .
SR: What have you got coming up? Any exciting collabs/releases/gigs? Anything else you want to plug?B: 。·ﾟﾟ· I am finishing off a second album, and I am starting on a picture book that will come with it, I am also trying to squeeze in building an AV for my up and coming shows, and the most exciting thing of all, I am making an album with my Gloo boys Iglooghost and Kai Whiston, and we are also in the process of making lots of cool clothes and things for our next drop! ·ﾟﾟ·。
10 fave albums of all time (in no particular order):
*•.¸♡ Joanna Newsom – ys ♡¸.•*
°°°·.°·..·°¯°·._.· Oneotrix Point Never – R plus Seven ·._.·°¯°·.·° .·°°°
•°¯`•• Rustie – Glass Swords ••´¯°•
*•.¸♡ Tyler The Creator – Goblin ♡¸.•*
✿.。.:* ☆:**:. Grouper – Dragging a Dead Dear Up a Hill .:**:.☆*.:。.✿
•´¯`•. Why? – Alopecia .•´¯`•
,-*’ ^ ‘~*-.,_,.-*~ Lightning Bolt – Wonderful Rainbow ~*-.,_,.-*~’ ^ ‘*-,
◦•●◉✿ Diplo – Florida ✿◉●•◦
•´¯`•» Deerhoof – Friend Opportunity «•´¯`•
••.•´¯`•.•• Alice Coltrane – Journey in satchidananda ••.•´¯`•.••