Interview: Baby Blue
Following on from her mainstream breakthrough track 'Magnetic Eyes', the multifaceted Baby Blue returns with the angst-ridden yet highly infectious 'Bump'. The Wrap Up's James Walsh caught up with the rising star to talk about her upcoming material, which of her many talents came first, her hopes for the new single and what the future holds...
The Wrap Up: How did you first get into singing and rapping? And at what point did you really feel like you could make a career out of it?
Baby Blue: When I was in school a group of my friends started a rap crew and they asked me to join it. That's when I started writing songs and recording. I realised I could make a career out of it when things starting taking off for me as a solo artist - when I left school I started performing and touring with Estelle.
TWU: Did the singing or rapping come first and is there one you prefer over the other? How would you personally describe your music?
Baby Blue: Rap came first. I'm more comfortable rapping because I've been doing it for much longer and it reflected the music I listened to as a teenager. I just tried singing one day in the studio and the producer told me I should do it more, so it stuck. I still see myself more as a rapper but I'm not afraid to experiment. It's difficult to sum my music up in any kind of genre but I think it's very personal; for example my new single 'Bump' is very much about a personal experience. I think when you listen to an artist's music you should be able to get an idea of who they are as a person.
TWU: 'Magnetic Eyes' was a huge track. How did that track come about? What was the creative process like and how did it feel personally to have such a large contribution on a song as successful as that?
Baby Blue: I was sent the track by my label 3 Beat who work closely with Matrix and Futurebound, I recorded my own version of the track, pitched for it - and got it. I was really happy with how many doors the song has opened for me. It's really cool when a song that you have a part in is received so well by the public.
TWU: How did your signing to 3Beat come about?
Baby Blue: They signed me in 2012 off the back of my song 'Bump' - they heard it and were really excited. I worked as an independent artist for years so getting signed was a big change for me and it helped me in many ways to have that kind of backing.
TWU: The new single is available to pre-order now. Can you tell us a bit about the concept of the song, how it materialized and what you hope listeners take away from it?
Baby Blue: It’s a song about betrayal in a relationship. I worked with Swedish producers Quiz & Larossi in Stockholm two years ago and when I heard the beat I wrote about what I was going through at the time. A lot of people who have heard the track have told me they have been through a similar thing and that they can relate to what I'm saying. It shows a more emotional side to me as a person.
TWU: What do you have coming over the next few months and what do you hope to achieve as an artist in the next couple of years?
Baby Blue: 'Bump' is released on 21 July. I'm working on my album at the moment so I'm currently recording a lot of new music. In terms of producers I'm mainly working with Diztortion and Quiz & Larossi. My main goal is to release an album that people love, and to develop musically as an artist.
Words: James Walsh (JW_DittoMusic)