Exclusive Interview: BABii

BABii is one of those artists who somehow manages to walk the fine line between dark and light. While the bright colors and floral imagery gives her project what could be considered a light-hearted flair, there is an underlying darkness to her cryptic lyricism and ethereal vocals. In this sense, BABii is an idyllic representation of the generation of artists who have grown up in international turmoil and recognize music’s ability to reframe that which is inherently bad, sad or difficult in an artistic light that shines beauty on the harsh realities of the world.

The Kollection is so excited to be sharing our recent interview with BABii about her life, upcoming album, inspirations, and so much more.

Tell us a bit about what to expect from your debut album, HiiDE dropping July 5th.

⋆ ˚。⋆୨୧˚ I was really sad when I wrote it and I had loads of fun producing it. It has big magical sweet sounds, but it will also punch you in the head. It’s really emotive but is also really silly and fun in places. Which now I think about it is kinda pretty reflective of how I do sad, I am usually sad with an aura of clown vibes. ˚୨୧⋆。˚ ⋆

What influence on your understanding of recording music, performing, and having a style which frames your project did spending extensive time with Iglooghost have on your career?

✿.。.:* ☆:**:. I still spend extensive time with Iglooghost, since the day I met him we have been pretty much inseparable. We both really like the same things and our strengths and weaknesses balance out each other a lot of the time, so in a lot of ways we are constantly influencing and helping each other. I actually wrote and recorded the album HiiDE before I even met him with a couple of exceptions, such as encouraging me to not bin the song SEiiZURE.

Apart for being completely saturated in all the things I like when spending time with Iglooghost, he mostly tries to stay out of the way and will go as far as to not comment on what I am making because I think he worries that it will ruin the flow of what Im doing or loose the integrity of it coming from me and my thoughts. That being said he has taught me a lot about the importance of making things for myself and being brave enough to concentrate just on BABii, and we still learn things from each other all the time. .:**:.☆*.:。.✿

How should an artist balance being inspired by an artist and wanting to retain their originality?

✧·゚: *✧·゚:* I think its good to absorb things that you like, whether thats music or films or nice pictures or just having experiences, but I think when it comes to making stuff, for me, its a matter of not really thinking about what I am doing, or consciously referencing things. I would never go in with the intention of making a song in a particular genre, I think its more important to experiment and try and make things that you just like the sound of, and find a pallet and sound thats an extension of your own identity, rather that trying to be like someone else. Whats the point of making something that pretty much already exists, when you can make something thats new. I think you should always give birth to ideas that don’t already exist in the world.  *:·゚✧*:·゚✧

We see that you played 7 shows at this year’s SXSW. How did each one differ from the next?

**✿❀ How does any show differ from the next? They were all totally different, different times of day, different audiences, different venues. The ones that stood out the most though, was the one at the Iron Bear because someone was in the front row with a BABii scarf, which got me pretty hyped and it was super busy and super fun! And I also played this super cute little house party with loads of Soundcloud rapper boys, and I really didn’t know how it would go down but it ended up being super fun! ❀✿**

Dream collaboration for 2020, 2021, and 2022!

‧͙⁺˚*·༓☾ 2020 Zora Jones, 2021 easyFun, 2022 Oneohtrix Point Never ☽༓・*˚⁺‧͙

Who is the best-dressed artist in the music industry?

.·゜-: ✧ :- It’s too hard to choose between Rosalia and FKA twigs -: ✧ :-゜·.

Do you believe that pop music production will become increasingly organic or continue to be more so fueled by electronic production? Where do you fall into this?

**•̩̩͙✩•̩̩͙*˚I think the organic thing is already kinda happening, but I think it would still fit into the the bracket of electronic production though, as I think producers are using a lot more organic sounds but they are either samples or insanely good kontakt instruments, so its like a hybrid of the two. Making things like that is just super accessible and you can make most sounds on a laptop anywhere, and whenever you want and you don’t need a big fancy studio, and/or loads of stuff. So I reckon its kinda both, but I could be wrong. And where do I fall into this? I am somewhere in the middle at the moment, I like using super synthetic things mixed with super organic things, but I am going to try using a lot more real instruments and maybe even make my own sample pack for one of my next records. ˚*•̩̩͙✩•̩̩͙*˚*

Pick Two- and tell us why?

A life filled with an abundance of friends.

A life filled with an abundance of fans.

A life filled with an abundance of wealth.

A life filled with an abundance of free time.

A life filled with an abundance of excitement.

A life filled with an abundance of free time.

✧·゚:* So I could make more things all the time, because I have so many ideas and so little time. *:·゚✧*

A life filled with an abundance of excitement.

.。*゚+.*.。 Whats better than life being exciting, that would just mean your brain is full to the brim all the time with seritonin and that can’t be bad .。.。:+*