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INTERVIEW: BAER

Hi Sabrina, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello! Thank you so much for having me, it is such a pleasure to be here. I have been blissfully busy.

Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Another¨?

Yes, certainly. This song is one of the few songs on the EP that started off completely acoustically, with just my thoughts, my guitar, and me. I generally am not in the habit of writing on my guitar as I get such amazing tracks to write to from producers I love; but if I am ever experiencing a strong emotion, I take the opportunity to dive into it right away and “record” my thoughts through lyrics and melody. I’ve realized that sometimes if you wait too long, the initial emotion evolves and a different sentiment will be expressed even if you are writing about the same event. I remember the whole verse and chorus of “Another” came together in one single morning, and I was actually bawling my eyes out as I was writing the song. You can actually hear a slight hoarseness to my tone on the demo version of this record. A few months later, feeling more renewed and replenished, I brought the song to Casey, an incredible producer and dear friend of mine, and he built a whole track around my vocals, which is the version that appears on the EP.

Did any event in particular inspire the song?

It all starts with a girl and a broken heart…Haha, so yes.

I had just broken up with my then-boyfriend a few days before, and it was something that I had not foreseen at all. Because of how fast everything happened, and everything I had been anticipating completely fell through. I felt hurt, confused, and almost betrayed, and I had no idea how to deal with it all, so I got high and wrote a song!

What was it like to work with The Crushboys and how did that relationship develop?

The Crushboys are so sweet and amazing to work with. There are two of them in the group, AJ and Zach. Both of them are pretty shy, and the writing process definitely has a quiet, contemplative vibe. It’s always mind-blowing, because when we have a session, they’ll both be looking at their phones or into the distance, and thirty minutes later they go into the recording booth and dominate it. I’m sitting there like, “where did that all come from?!” They’re super talented writers and singers.

I met them through my mentor, David “DQ” Quinones, who also played a major role in the makings of the EP.

The single comes off your new EP Breathe The Same – why naming the album after this track in particular?

I juggled with many different names for the EP, but none of them felt right. I finally decided to keep it simple and name it after the first single I released, which plays such a key element to the whole concept of this EP. This EP marks my transition from childhood into adulthood, which include the initial struggles of moving to Los Angeles, losing friends and love, feeling lost, questioning my purpose, and finally, peacefully accepting and embracing all changes and circumstances, and just letting myself live.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was relatively consistent from song to song. When I first moved to Los Angeles, I was writing a song almost every day for quite a few months. I had probably fifty finished demos to choose from by the time I was getting ready to put together the EP, and I limited it down to five songs that were the strongest and made the most sense for this EP. I then brought these demos to other writers and producers that I wanted to work with; we would fix and add things and complete the song together. My mentor, DQ, was one of these writers; in addition, he was the vocal producer for the entire EP. It was the first time I had ever been vocal produced and recorded by him, and I have learned so much from him since then.

Uncover was the only song I had written after I chose the other five; I wanted to have a song on the EP that explains my over-arching sentiment.

Having been raised in multiple cultures – how these have influence your music?

I think that the biggest influence my multi-cultural background has brought to my music is my ability and innate sense to connect and communicate with all types of people and minds. At the end of the day, music is a vessel for connection, and no matter what culture you come from and what language you speak, the ultimate purpose (in my opinion) is to move people. Make people feel something. Anything. And this ranges from just feeling a rhythmic pulse in your body from an incredibly groovy bass line, to feeling your heart ache again because this song brought you back to your last breakup.

What role would you say Drake and Rihanna play in your music?

I love Rihanna’s command on the microphone as well as the diversity of her music. She’s from Barbados, but her music can’t exactly be labeled with a genre…it’s just Rihanna. There’s a reggae song here, there’s a piano ballad there, and then we hear a really ratchet trap song. I like that she can own any song simply because she is so unique and genuine in her delivery. Plus, she’s a little foreign, just like me!

With Drake, I am such a fan of his art and his music. His lyrics are so brutally honest and he pairs everything with a sick flow and sometimes also an amazing melody. It doesn’t sound like any other hip-hop out there, especially with top 40’s production. They’ve really crafted that “OVO” sound, unique to themselves, which everybody loves and believes. That’s what I want to do.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely. Me and my manager, Melanie, are planning for it to happen once we do everything we can beforehand to promote the EP. It’s all very exciting!

What else is happening next in BAER´s world?

I will be having an EP Release Party at the end of January. After that, I plan on diving into this excitement and creating new music and ideas with people I’ve been dying to work with. I have been in edit and revise mode for so long (and it’s my least favorite part of the process!) and I am itching to write new things!

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