Exclusive Baby Blue interview for UKGrime.com. However, due to unforseen circumstances it now appears only here.
Baby Blue is one of the leading female artists on the UK grime scene. She’s been away in America but now she is back and she’s looking to shake things up a bit. Below is a teaser of an interview with her that I conducted on behalf of UKGrime. Check it out at ukgrime.com
How would you describe your musical style?
It’s a mixture of Hip hop,grime and pop
What are the main influences?
Everyday life, my experiences, and other artists like Jay-Z, Nas..
How did you get into rapping and singing, and why?
A group of my friends at school encouraged me to start writing lyrics cos they were all rappers and needed a female in their crew! Then I went to a song writing course at Raw Materials studio and that’s when I started recording.
How did you get into the grime genre, and why?
When I’m in the studio I just choose the beats that I like the most, some of them are grime, some are hip hop, it just depends what I’m feeling on the day.
Could you briefly describe your musical process?
I listen to a beat and a concept usually comes to me, then I start writing. I normally write in the studio these days because I’m in there so much. Sometimes a situation will inspire me though, and Ill write down ideas on my blackberry.
Your new single Double Up is out 29 November, how was it working with Nutty P?
I think Nutty is sick, one of the best producers in the UK. I work really well with him because I’ve know him and worked with him for years. We always come out with bangers.
Your debut album is due for release next year, what inspired this album?
Its inspired by my journey up until this point, the hard work and also the relationships I have had with other people. I think it gives people an insight into who I am.
What are your hopes for the album?
I want it to make an impact all over the world and I want people to be able to see that music is really important to me and how hard I work at it.
You got your big break at 18 when Estelle asked you to go to New York and work with her. How did that happen and how did you react?
I went into the studio with Estelle in London and she invited me to New York so I was there while she was recording her first album. I was really excited and I got to see and learn so much about the music business.
What was it like working and touring with Estelle and other big artists?
I really like being on tour, the travelling is fun and being on stage every night is a buzz. Can’t wait to go back on tour!
What’s the best collaboration you’ve done so far?
‘Hey Girl’ with Estelle and John Legend.
You worked at P Diddy’s label, Bad Boy, how was that?
It was a great learning experience, I met loads of people and made so many connections that will help me in the future. It was interesting being behind the scenes for a little while.
How come you decided to come back to the UK and not just stay in America?
I missed home! I also wanted to get back into the studio with my producers, I thought that was the best way to get the sound that I want for my music.
If you weren’t a rapper, what would you be?
I really don’t know, probably an actress!
What’s been happening recently?
I’ve been in the studio a lot working on my album, performing all over the country, filming for a new ITV2 series, video shoots, there’s a lot going on!
What have you got out right now that the fans can download or buy?
You can buy my latest single ‘Double Up’ feat. Sean Star and also ‘Run’ feat. Wretch 32 now!
What advice can you give to any young aspiring artists?
Keep a good team around you and stay motivated, be persistent.
How can people get in touch with you?