• Audrey Tumbarello

Exclusive Interview with the Talent Behind the Beat: Bailey Baum

Has a friend or someone of importance to you ever ruined your favorite song or movie because it reminds them of their ex or something else that they don't like? Either way, this is the inspiration behind Bailey Baum’s newest release, “Jaded.”

It’s her first song back as an independent music artist after a year break, but she is not stopping there. Los Angeles-based Bailey Baum just released “Jaded,” on August 19th, and she will continue to release a single every month until December of 2022. Bailey has spent the last year figuring out who she can be as a music artist, and has recently discovered her more upbeat side compared to her previous chill vibe.



She is a Dallas, Texas native who moved to LA seven years ago to take the chance to pursue music full-time. Bubbly, fashionable, and creative are three words to describe the brilliant musician behind the voice. On Spotify, Bailey has 57,984 monthly listeners, and her most popular song, an acoustic version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” has been played over two million times.

I had the pleasure of virtually interviewing Bailey, and learning about her background with music, her new song “Jaded,” and more. Make sure to listen to “Jaded” on Spotify, Apple Music, or YouTube, and be on the lookout for her new music release coming in September! Please continue reading for our interview:



Here is our Interview:


Audrey:


Hi, it is so nice to meet you! To get started, can you tell me your background with music and how you got started with it?


Bailey:


Yeah! I mean, basically, music has always been a part of my life. I was super young, and I remember looking into the mirror, singing a Hilary Duff song (or something like that) and being like, wait, I think I'm a singer. It was a weird realization. I also remember, I would sing White Christmas for my family when I was really young (around five or six), and I remember my parents being impressed by it. I remember telling my Mom I think I can sing, and telling her I want to do this. I was so young, literally five or six being like, this is what I want to do. My parents were really supportive, they put me in voice lessons, and then I kind of just never stopped doing the music thing. I mean, I was always a huge Hannah Montana fan, and I feel like I was so inspired by her. As I got older, I became obsessed with Monique Del Rey, and I learned a lot about music as I grew up. It wasn't something that I chose, it just kind of happened…. If you know what I mean. There's a photo of me actually, when I was in first grade. It's like, “Who do you want to be when you grow up?” and you know how most people want to be a teacher or firefighter, I had a singer on mine. It's funny because I've always stuck to that. Beyond the little dreamer side of me, I think it really was like taking the leap and moving out to LA. I mean, I had already put out music when I was super young, but I think it was about moving out to LA and networking. I honestly just like putting things out constantly. That was kind of like what I started doing in 2017.


Audrey:


How was the networking process like in LA? Was it super competitive?


Bailey:


When I moved out to LA, I only knew like five people. Really, I got lucky when I moved out here, and I had a community of people that I found really quick. I got into a really good scene of people quickly and that I'm really thankful for. I really just think it's about finding a community. I didn't even do music for the first year because I just was focused on finding friends and establishing my life here. Then, in 2016, I got going with making music. I think one of the biggest things I've learned growing up is that things are always changing. Life is constantly changing, and I'm thankful for that. That was probably one of my biggest learning lessons when it comes to moving far away.


Audrey:


That's great! I love it. Being that you were talking about life changes, let's talk about how this is your first song back as an independent artist. How long of a break did you take? Why did you take the break that you did?

Bailey:


I mean technically, I didn't take much of a break. If you look at my releases it's been about a year between the two, but contractually, I don't think I was allowed to release music for six months. So that's why there's that break. From there, I kind of just wasn't ready to release music for another six months after that. Basically, I think the reason I took the break is that I've really been working on figuring out who I am as an upbeat artist. I've struggled with that for so many years, like I have never liked songs that were upbeat for my voice. I've tried things and people would be like, I love this song, but I never felt that I liked it. I don't want to just be a chill vibes artist, and I want to do more than that, so it took a lot of demos and different sessions until I kind of felt like I discovered the upbeat side of me. “Jaded” is the first song in that upbeat world, but it still ties in the chill vibes. That's why I chose “Jaded” first because it meshes the two that I'm going for. My next release is going to be a total auto-tune track. So basically, it took me a year to evolve! I'm really excited for everything that's coming out!


Audrey:


When writing “Jaded” what inspired you?


Bailey:


With “Jaded,” I had a note saved in my phone. It was a lyric about how people ruined all my favorites. That was kind of the start of the song idea. The idea behind that was, like, you know, when you share something that you love with other friends or other people, and then you maybe have a bad experience, and you're just like, seeing you kind of ruined my favorite movie. I shouldn't have shared that. Or like, you were my favorite song. People can ruin those things that you love, and that's kind of where the song started from. Then, we just made it happen.



Audrey:


So creative. Oh my gosh, I really love that!


Bailey:


Thank you!


Audrey:


Why did you title it “Jaded”?


Bailey:


My friend Rachel and I literally just sat there and went through like every word of the song. We asked each other, what does it feel like and then, we felt jaded was the word to describe it the entire time. We just went with it!


Audrey:


Yeah, I really like it. I love how it's so simple, but also very captivating.


Bailey:


Yes, I think that I just wanted something simple. But yeah, it is still a really strong word.


Audrey:


Okay, so now when it comes to style, I can tell you are very big into it. May you please tell me a little bit more about your style? Does your style change with each song that you release?


Bailey:


Well, thank you for liking my style! So nice! Um, I feel like my style stays pretty consistent and true to me, but one thing that I do with every release, which is kind of different, is that I pick a color. I feel like every song has a color to me. Even since I started music years ago, one of my first songs I put out was called “Easy.” And I chose red for “Easy.” For “Over It” I chose pink. It felt pink to me. I felt “Jaded” was very orange, pink, and yellow. I couldn't really land on a color for that one. I pulled some of those colors into the cover photo in a way. I feel like my style overall is out there, fun and colorful. It’s like y2k vibes. I never meant to fall into the y2k category, but it just happened. I think that I just draw naturally to it.


Audrey:


How amazing! Now, if you could work with any brand, who would you want to work with?


Bailey:


I would love to work with Marc Jacobs. That would be so sick.


Audrey:


Say that you weren’t a music artist, what else would you be doing?


Bailey:


This is one of my favorite questions to ask people when I meet them. I love to ask people like what would you be doing if they weren't in their career. So thank you for asking this question. I think I'd work in fashion. If I wasn't creative at all, I think I would love to do something in the surf world. I do not surf in the ocean. I've only done it one time successfully, but I grew up doing a lot of water sports, such as weight skating, wake surfing, wakeboarding, and more. I loved it so much, and I feel like if I wasn't creative that I would do something in that realm.

Audrey:


So going back to your first concert that you've ever gone to, who was it? Did that concert have an impact on your music career?


Bailey:


I have a concert list on my phone for every time I go to a concert. I actually have been to three this week and I haven't written them down, but my first one was the Spice Girls. Sadly, I was too young so I don't remember, but my second one was Hilary Duff. I remember coming home from the Hillary Duff one. I remember just going in my room and playing one of the songs. I don't know what song it was, but I performed it in my room over and over again. I mean the most influential concert when I was younger would probably have been Miley Cyrus.


Audrey:


What is in the near future of your music career?


Bailey:


Oh, I'm so excited! I feel really inspired by the next few months of things that I'm working on. Like I said, I've taken the past year to figure out that upbeat side of me, and I'm still figuring it out. My next single comes out in September, the next one in October, and next one in November. I am taking a break in December and January, and then coming back in February and March. Basically my goal is to do a single a month for the next eight months. My next step is to get all the songs out on time, and I am really hoping to play more shows. I don't know how I'm gonna do that, but I'm hoping that once I get some of this new, upbeat music out there that maybe I can start getting some more shows with that. From there, I plan to keep going. I’m trying to work on doing a music video for one of the songs, so I'm really excited.


Audrey:


I can’t wait to listen to all of the new music you have coming out. I'm very excited to see how your music evolves. I can’t wait to listen to all the different varieties of music that you're coming out with. I just want to thank you for hopping on and doing this interview with me, and I look forward to chatting with you soon!


Bailey:


Thank you. Thanks for having me and being so supportive. And yeah, I cannot wait for you to hear it all, so thank you.







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