Interview: Daisy Emily Warne (BABii)

Babii: “I think I like the way music scenes are on the internet now”

After the release of the SCREAMER mixtape, we spoke with Daisy Emily Warne aka BABii, a young British vocalist working in the wide range of genres, from dream pop to UK Bass. An artist speaks on work with Iglooghost, a modern music scene and finding your own niche in the industry.

1. What was your biggest pleasure during the creation of the SCREAMER mixtape?

I guess mostly I just enjoyed working with other people because it's not something I do often.    You're learning to collaborate properly. I have seen how the songs develop and kind of be taken by surprise when I send something to someone and then the person sends it back. And it's completely different and great at the same time. Those were probably the things that brought me the most pleasure.


2. How did you start working with Iglooghost? What attracts you in his personality to continue doing projects together?

We met when we played a show together in my hometown, and we had very much aligned interests. And yeah, we were talking about all sorts of crazy things, like weird animals and also we discussed a book about an imaginary world.  It's like an encyclopedia, and it's meant to feel like you're reading it from the perspective of a child. So, yeah, there's all that little interest and stuff, and then we got chatting and I can't remember how it actually happened, but I did some singing on Clear Tamei, which to me was like the first thing we did. I think I just kept pestering him, and I was like, let me do something with your kind of stuff.  Now we share a studio and see each other every waking hour of the day. So it's impossible not to make things  together.  He came in yesterday and said, Oh, can you just do something like a little bit of vocals on this thing? I said: okay.  I'm just like an extra instrument to him sometimes, the entity outside of the computer. 

3. Do you think the image is the key to success in alternative pop music nowadays?

It definitely helps, because you can put  a cool cover on something that doesn't sound cool. And then it sounds cool because the imagery is good. Or like, you know, someone's got a cool vibe. 

4. What is the aspect of modern culture that really attracts you and why?

I think I like the way music scenes are on the Internet now. It's unbelievable. I get so tied up in my own thing that I'm doing all the time that I like, and can't pay attention to stuff, but yeah, it's kind of interesting. 

5. Do you see music as colors?

That is something I was talking about yesterday with Iglooghost. And he was like: does this sound blue to you? And I was like, no. He said: Well, it sounds like a blue ball. No, it's not. It's not how I see things I said. And I'm more emotionally connected to music, I have a sensitive story, like a reaction to it, if that makes sense.

6. Are you connected with the recent boom of talented female music producers?

I try to avoid that kind of thing because I like being part of the boys club too much. So, like, I actually kind of retaliate against it most of the time. I don't mind being put into a list of female things. But I think it's better to be part of the bigger picture if you want to. I find it hard to explain. It's like I wanted to be a fair game, and in order for it to be a fair game, I need to be in the whole thing with males, females, non-binary people, everyone. But I'm kind of more like, Yeah, I like the end of the Boys club. That's just the way it is for me. But, everyone's different. 

7. What is the difference between when you were just starting and now?

It's hard to see, because it's a steady growth thing. So,  it's really weird because sometimes I look at stats on Spotify for artists and then the numbers. That's like a lot of numbers. But then I start thinking: How many numbers did I get a year ago? Many like this long ago? It seems I have a really lovely fan base, so that's great. And also it's cool because when I first started out, I was riding on the coattails of Iglooghost a bit, I guess, because we did the collaboration with him. He helped me a lot. And now I feel like I can stand on my own a little bit more, which is nice. I think I've gotten better at making songs. 

8. Have you found your own niche in music? Or you’re still in process?

I feel like I found a niche currently.  Most of the UK dance music comes to working class communities, which is great. I like to make things a bit ethereal, dreamy, but I never settle on genre. So I'll probably make a folk album, or just do everything that's unexpected. People think I'm gonna do more music, like Mirror or something, but I'm just like: No, I'm gonna do whatever I want.

9. What are your plans for the near future?

More dance music, more collaborations and a wild music video.