RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW LONDON ARTIST BAYLEY
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that doing music is for you?
It’s always been a present and enamouring topic in my life. Whether that be family members who are in the industry telling stories about people they’ve worked with or just the fact I always had some sort of musical obsession, whether that was learning guitar when I was 9, downloading DJ software at 10 or deciding to learn how to produce when I was 12. I was always drawn to it in some form.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I’m BAYLEY, a British rapper, producer, singer, writer etc. I started releasing music in 2019 after years of secretly writing songs and now we are on to my third body of work “The SunTapes Vol. 2”
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Being an independent artist, I really appreciate the ability to reach out and engage with a reputable platform.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
A pull-up bar, I definitely do not use that anymore, although it gave me something to do for a minute I guess…
What useless party trick do you have?
I can rotate my elbow without moving my hand
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I actually did my first performance recently at Valefest in Birmingham. I think the best part of it was seeing people, who hadn’t yet heard my music, start gravitating towards my set as it went on. Gave me real-time feedback that people want to hear what I make.
What was the worst experience on stage?
My friends were running late and my set had been going on for about 10 minutes with a decent-sized crowd, but just as they rocked up the crowd started to disperse a little. Very awkward but just had to keep going.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I know zero music theory, I just figure everything out by ear.
How would you describe your music to an alien if you had to describe it?
Chill and moody.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I think I combine a lot of sounds and styles in a way that is familiar but new and interesting. I listen to a lot of R&B, Alt-Pop, and Rap, and I think together you get the mix of groovy instrumentals, sticky choruses, complex flows, and lyrical perspectives.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
I’ve just landed in LA and I forgot my plug adapter. Can’t exactly get my recording set up right and I have ideas I want to finish.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
DreamEasy because it’s such a unique but universal vibe and the rapping in it is one of my tightest performances.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?
I just released my new album The SunTapes Vol. 2 a sequel to my project from last year. The album follows a day and night cycle so you transition from bright, upbeat songs to slow and melancholic vibes. All in all, it just serves as a series of diary entries from different moods and moments.
Talk me through the thought process of the album.
I like to keep some loose concepts for my projects because it gives me direction when recording and curating the tracklists. Having a day and night cycle gives me the parameters of, Okay, I need roughly half bright and half dark songs. I made this a sequel to the last project because it kind of scratches the same itch but with more refinement. Some of the songs from the last project that might not have hit that hard because of the singing or the delivery are now replaced with polished tracks that are more engaging and more likeable.
What was the recording process like?
It was very long – longer than I would’ve liked. I started recording this album pretty much the day the last one came out. The warm reception of the last one was so rewarding because it felt like I was no longer talking to a brick wall. That feeling spurred me on to just record and record. After about 6 months of recording, I cut down about 40 songs down to 10 and then I recorded two more that were better than one of them so that ended up with 11. I then just meticulously listened over and over and found new beat cuts, new transition techniques and just things that would just glue each song together and make the experience feel truly finished. At a certain point, I just had to let go of it and set a release date.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the album?
That just because the first draft of the song isn’t great doesn’t mean it can’t be reworked or rewritten to be amazing. I hate revisiting songs. If I don’t like it after the first recording session it usually doesn’t see the light of day. I need to work on that.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
There are a couple of verses I would probably rewrite in some way but I think you can always find issues in stuff like this. I put every feeling into each song and that personal attachment means I can’t ever be completely happy with it.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
I’m already a good chunk of the way through the next project with newer vibes and genres being mixed so we shall see!
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I’m looking to collaborate! Whether that’s writing, producing, or featuring, hit me up!