Bailey Baum on Influences, New Music, and Superpowers
Bailey Baum is a rising pop artist from Dallas, Texas.
Baum's latest single, "Bad For Me," shows off her reflective, dreamlike sound and relatable lyrics. The track is a perfect combination of chill lo-fi beats, catchy melodies, and vulnerable lyrical content with which listeners can easily empathize. "Bad For Me" will appear on Baum's upcoming EP, Over It, and unites fans through the shared experience of navigating a heartbreak.
We spoke to Bailey Baum about her influences, new music, dream superpowers, and more. Read the full interview below and listen to "Bad For Me."
At what age did you start playing music?
I started singing when I was young, but I began doing it more professionally when I was 11 or 12. I’m also learning to play the piano right now.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is very dreamy and emotional, and it’s constantly changing. I pull inspiration from a lot of different people, but there’s no one word to describe my music.
Who are your musical influences?
I became a big fan of Lana Del Rey when I was around 15. I also really love Christina Perri, Kacey Musgraves, and the Beatles.
Talk to me about your latest release, “Bad For Me.”
It’s part of my EP, Over It, which will be out next month. “Bad For Me” came from me writing my thoughts and feelings for about a month. I had gone through my first heartbreak, and it was really hard. I wanted to call the person back and go back to an unhealthy pattern, but I knew they were bad for me. When something like that happens, everything reminds you of them and you just want to reach out again even though you know you shouldn’t; that’s what this song is about.
What were the last three songs you listened to?
I last listened to “Look What You’re Doing to Me” (Banks, Francis and the Lights), “Easy” (Kacey Musgraves, Troy Sivan), and “I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again” (Clairo, Mura Masa).
What is your favorite film?
One of my favorite films is Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I grew up watching that movie and I fell in love with Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees… with everyone that was in the movie. When I was six or seven, I would sing along with every song and watch it all the time. I have the album on vinyl, too, and I listen to it all the time.
How do you make your music videos and visual content?
I have a really great team, and we just brainstorm for each song. I try to think of things that are fun and different, but still represent my style and personality. It’s always a lot of fun to put everything together.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I think I would want to be able to turn invisible or read minds.
Talk about your experience as a woman in the music industry.
There’s a lot of comparison in the music industry; it’s competitive and everyone wants to make it to the top. We can all learn from each other and help each other out-- it doesn’t have to be a big race.
What advice would you give to young girls hoping to break into the industry?
It sounds cliche, but don’t give up. Just keep going and working hard, and remember that none of your dreams are too big. A lot of people have told me that I need to get a “real job,” but I just focus on my music because it's what I love.
What’s next for Bailey Baum?
I’m really excited for the release of my EP, and I’m also dropping my first round of merch soon. I’m getting ready to write more music and eventually release an album.
Is there anything else you’d like people to know about you?
Everything I write comes from the heart, and I’m excited for what’s next!