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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW ATOMIC BABY

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide to start music?
I’ve always been into experimental music and always liked the electronic style of music but nothing was ever good enough for me. So when lockdown started back in 2020 I started to write my first album and do music with vocals on it.

Introduce yourself and your musical history?
Yeah, the name I like to go by is Atomic Baby. It’s just a character I use for the music. I’m from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. So big up everyone from the north. And my music history goes all the way back to 2016, I was about 13 at the time and I was just making hip-hop and lo-fi beats that I learned to do from YouTube and just uploading them to SoundCloud and telling people in highschool about it. So I did that for a few more years up to around mid 2019 and began learning and making vocal music which started out rocky but by 2021 I was so comfortable in my skin I could understand what I was doing right and wrong with different songs which was a hard process to get through.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?
The best advice I ever got was from MF DOOM, not directly but it was about character development and the music you make. I remember a quote that always stuck with me and it was that he wore the mask to distract people from his appearance and focus on the music as that what should be judged and viewed instead of bashing someone on their appearance. That’s why I mainly wear this mask. It’s also a confidence booster too!

What’s your favourite song right now from another band currently on your local circuit?
I have many on repeat every day but the one I got looping at the moment is “Great God Pan” by Sd Laika. There’s just something about that instrumental. It sometimes can either give me the best creative rush I’ve had in a long time or make me very paranoid. So it’s always a 50/50 when listening to it.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
The most recent one which has been popularized by TikTok was the American sweet shops all around London. Nobody goes in them, they’re all over London and probably hundreds of them. They’re overpriced and you never see any staff there.  So it got me on board thinking that it was money laundering or something above or below was happening in these buildings. But in recent news, it was shown that one of them was busted in a police investigation for producing and distributing drugs. So yeah I love to dive deep in these conspiracies but try to keep a stable mind and not think about the world is flat or that there are microchips in our vaccines. It does get ridiculous at times. But I’m always here to laugh at them.



What useless party trick / talent do you have/?
Well from my earlier years I had an operation and I had a metal plate put in the side of my head. It doesn’t do much but I can attach anything magnetic to it which makes a couple laughs with some friends.

What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I’ve actually never been on stage yet, It’s one of my next big goals for next year as it is something I’ve been dying to do but still need to build the confidence for it.

What makes you stand out as an artist?
Personally, I would say my sound. Over 2021 I’ve been sending this song and many others to curators and after getting so many results that cannot compare me to anything which is something that was the main goal for the music. I’m not doing it to be edgy, it’s just to make music I enjoy and it helps because I’m not doing the same thing as everyone else so it could grow a lot quicker I hope.

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
If it’s referring to music it’s definitely growing as an artist. Like you read this guide or watch that video but it never works. Getting that one fan to tell another is the hardest part which is why I’ve gone for a different approach in my music and focussed a lot more on communicating with as many artists and people I can possibly do to expand my music bubble.

I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
Well, it’s called “Strapped For Cash” which is out right now! It’s the first single from my debut album that I have been working on since around 2020. I know a lot of artists say this but I think it is something you have never heard before and it is quite the experience. You can either love it or hate it. I don’t mind.

Talk me through the thought process of the single?
Well, this song was also the first song I ever made for the album that started the foundations for the creative and stylistic approach I wanted to take with it. So I would say I completely finished the song at around the start of 2021.

What was the recording process like?
Well for the instrumental side to it I was really into the 90’s era of UK music and particularly in the electronic side to it. It’s very nostalgic to me and probably to many others too. So I wanted to replicate that but have these vocals on top that sounded like it was from a death metal band without the obnoxious screaming to it. But the main artists I tried combining were Death Grips and Yung Lean which is a blend of hardcore and dream pop. In a creative mindset I basically tried to make a song that you find in a VHS at a dodgy thrift shop that either looks illegal or would give you a virus.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
The biggest curve for me was learning to self-produce this track as it was something I couldn’t find anywhere and the vocals I had to re-learn everything I knew and just pretend I was some goblin in a basement making this. Either way it all worked out well and I’m glad it did.

Would you change anything now that it’s finished?
I can imagine every artist is a perfectionist so I could go back and change this or that. It would probably do nothing or make it worse. But looking at it without me as the director I think everything about it is finished and the vision I dreamed of making for all this time.

What are your plans for the year ahead?
Well,
the plan is to release a few more songs and videos then for September or October I plan to release the debut album by then. Fingers crossed it all goes well though.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I could speak for hours about this but I know everyone says this but don’t give up. This goes out to anyone doing a creative outlet. Never give up on what you’re doing, it takes time for people to see your potential and that could be months or years. It’s either a matter of you putting yourself out there, a bit of luck or fabrication that gives you false hope. Either never give up.

Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.