For something exciting and unique, cue up any one of BABii’s ethereal alt-pop gems and immerse yourself in the halcyon atmosphere.
The sound of the Margate-based singer/producer is a cocktail of ghostly vocals and glitchy beats, and latest single ‘CARNiiVORE’ has earned comparisons to the post-internet sonic art of Grimes. Lofty praise indeed.
Before BABii brings new material from debut LP ‘HiiDE’ to the Hidden Herd & No Coconuts Alt-Dayer at Brighton’s The Tempest Inn on Saturday 11th May, we caught up with her to get a better glimpse into her world.
How would you describe BABii to a stranger?
“☻ Like a sweet angel that secretly could beat you in a fight. It’s kinda like weird pop that is soft and cute, but also powerful and tough at the same time. ☻”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“✧·ﾟ: *✧·ﾟ:* It’s less a ‘who’ and more a ‘what’. I get inspiration from lots of different things. At the moment I like designing what inanimate objects would sound like and what their emotions would be, such as, the other day I was making a song with Iglooghost, and all the words were written from the perspective of a Geodude Pokemon card, wanting to be a shiny card, although the underlying tone was about wanting to be special. *:·ﾟ✧*:·ﾟ✧”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“*·ﾟﾟ·*:.。..。.:*ﾟ:*:✼✿ I like all of the ones I have played for totally different reasons, I actually can’t even think of a bad one, I think I always like the last show I have played because I gain more and more confidence and make small changes to my set every time I play. My new thing is sitting on top of a table and triggering samples and well as dancing on my knees at the same time, its fun! ✿✼:*ﾟ:.。..。.:*·ﾟﾟ·*
*＊✿❀ Actually wait, I just thought of one, I really liked playing this cute little show last year in my home town, at this community garden called the Garden Gate, which is down the road from my house. The front row was entirely lil kids and they were all holding hands and dancing, it was the purest show ever. ❀✿＊*”
You’re based in Margate – what’s your local music scene like?
“‧͙⁺˚*·༓☾ You know what? I actually don’t know right now, because every time I am actually home I pretty much stay inside and make things all day, who knows what’s going on in Margate at the moment. Saying that I see new music things from Margate popping up all the time, and it’s kinda cool, cause everyone is so good and everyone also has there own identity and makes totally different stuff. One day I’ll go outside again and go and see some things I have been meaning to for ages. ☽༓･*˚⁺‧͙”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“Dorian Electra is well good. I kinda couldn’t get my head around it the first time I heard it, but I saw them play at SXSW and it finally clicked, now I am such a fan! You should go listen to it and watch their crazy videos. It sounds like nothing else, and its super fun!
Kai Whiston, my bff, cause he makes the wildest beats. Also, I still haven’t seen it yet, but he has started doing the craziest live shows, the last one involved his laptop breaking though and I really hope it gets fixed so everyone can hear his new album because it’s so beautiful!
Catnapp, my newest friend I made. She is so cute in real life, but is so intimidating when she plays live, mostly because she has such a big stage presence for such a small being, but I really like it a lot.”
You’re playing the Hidden Herd & No Coconuts Alt-Dayer on the Saturday of Great Escape weekend – which other bands are you most looking forward to seeing at the festival?
“✧·ﾟ: *✧·ﾟ:* I haven’t looked at the times/days of people playing TGE yet, but I am pretty hyped to see Aitch, Oliver Tree, Injury Reserve, Lorenzo Senni and there are actually so many, it’s such a good line up this year! *:·ﾟ✧*:·ﾟ✧”
And finally, what does the rest of 2019 hold for BABii?
“My debut album ‘HiiDE’ is set for release on 5th July via Deathwaltz Originals.”
To coincide with Great Escape weekend in Brighton, Hidden Herd and No Coconuts are teaming up with global music distributors CD Baby and Sussex brewers Lost Pier Brewing to bring some of the hottest emerging artists to The Tempest Inn on Saturday 11th May. BABii will play alongside The Ninth Wave, Orchards, Pizzagirl, Honey Lung, Weird Milk, Wu-Lu, The Wants, Comforts and Speedboat. Free entry – RSVP on Facebook.