New Zealand producer BAYNK has recently found his experimental sound through road-testing material and opening himself up to a DIY creative approach. His new EP ‘Someone’s EP II’ is a bold and definitive collection of tracks that is experimental to it’s core. Collaborating with the likes of GLADES, Sinead Harnett, Martin Luke Brown and Hablott Brown, he isn’t afraid to show diversity. Opening himself up to vulnerability and experimentation, he takes risks that have unsurprisingly paid off. He is returning to Australia and New Zealand at the start of July for a massive two week homecoming tour that will see him showcasing his live show to his original day one fans.
I recently chatted to BAYNK about the creative journey of ‘Someone’s EP II’, the experimental elements to his music, collaborating with the likes of Sinead Harnett and Martin Luke Brown and how he plans to bring this new music to life in his upcoming live shows. Check out the chat HERE;
TB: Your new EP ‘Someone’s EP II’ has been released into the world, so reflecting on the creative journey of this EP what was one of your favourite memories creating it?
B: The sixth track on the EP, ‘Simmer’, was the most fun for me to make. Having the three guys from Hablot Brown in a studio just jamming and fooling around is something I haven’t done for a long time. I’m usually very hermit-like when writing and prefer being alone but this session kind of turned that around for me and I felt again like I did when I used to play in cover bands back at University. Music is meant to be shared and this moment reminded me to break my mold occasionally.
TB: Reflecting on ‘Someone’s EP I’ and ‘Someone’s EP II’, what is the biggest thing you would say you’ve learnt about yourself as an artist?
B: To trust myself. I used to second guess everything and would have people’s opinions on top of other opinions and I would lose focus of whether an idea or song was good or not. It took some time to start valuing my own opinion above others but I did end up discovering that.
TB: ’Shatter’ featuring Martin Luke Brown is quite an experimental and moody track. So what do you find yourself getting inspired by daily and how do you make sure what you’re consistently creating is challenging your previous material?
B: It changes constantly but most commonly other peoples music or just general life experience. Certain things that happen to myself or friends of mine that induce certain emotions which leads to different sounding music inspires me. I haven’t quite pinned it down yet, it’s fleeting. I think I have something in-built that needs to make something different every-time. I’d just get so bored if I was making the same thing every time and I wouldn’t feel like a real “artist” if I was making art that borrowed too heavily from other people’s work.
TB: Sinead Harnett isn’t an artist that many people have heard of on this side of the world, so how did you discover her and how did this collaboration come together?
B: I honestly can’t remember. I think my friend Kit showed me her song ‘If You Let Me’ and I fell in love. My manager hit hers up and we met in London and made ‘Settle’ the same day. And now we’re friends and I see her as much as I can, she’s a ball of light.
TB: As a producer and as an artist, do you find there to be an internal pressure to find that happy medium between creating something vulnerable and honest as well as something that is going to translate well into the live show and get good streaming?
B: On this EP I’ve definitely felt the need to create music that translated well live. Not all of it, but some tracks specifically. It’s come from a place of honesty though, I’ve always wanted to make harder hitting music. I wasn’t playing shows back when I wrote the first EP so there was no place for it to live properly. I think the internal pressure on streaming is always there, but it tends to screw up the creative process so I ignore it and hope people accept it.
TB: You will be returning to Australia and New Zealand this July for a massive run of headlining shows. So what is your biggest goal with this tour to visually and aesthetically bring your vision for this EP to life?
B: Creating an impressive stage show is a hard and daunting task to undertake. I think the main focus for this tour is to concentrate on solely the visual scripts for each song and make everything feel cohesive. It’s not feasible to build production out for every single show, so I’ll be putting a lot more pressure on myself to engage with the audience and showboat a little more.
TB: What is one emotion that you want people to walk away from your set feeling?
B: Ecstasy I suppose would be the pinnacle. I really just want people to have fun and lose themselves for a moment.
TB: A portion of proceeds from this tour will be donated to the Christchurch Mayoral Fund to support those affected by the March 15 terror attacks. How important is it for you to use your platform to be able to try make a difference like you are on this tour?
B: It is paramount! I wish I could do more. I should be doing more. It’s a balancing act that I’m sure I’ll get better at over time.
TB: Let’s play a little game of rapid fire questions where I’m going to ask you some questions that you just need to answer with the first thing that comes to mind.
B: Let’s do it!
TB: My pre show pump up song is…
B: ‘Loving Is Easy’ by Rex Orange County
TB: Pineapple on pizza is…
B: A cardinal sin!
TB: The emoji that best describes ‘Someone’s EP II’ is…
B: The upside down smiley face
TB: If I could have any super power it would be…
TB: Most mornings I…
B: Wake dazed and confused at 7:50am and have to run outside to re-park the car who knows where before 8am so I don’t get a $73 parking ticket *laughs*. Honestly LA needs to sort out it’s parking ticket fees because that is simply ludicrous!
Stream/Buy ‘Someone’s EP II’ HERE; https://found.ee/someonesEPII
BAYNK Australian & New Zealand Tour
Thursday 4 July – Howler, Melbourne
Friday 5 July – The Brightside, Brisbane
Saturday 6 July – The Lansdowne, Sydney
Wednesday 10 July – Powerstation, Auckland
Thursday 11 July – Meow, Wellington
Saturday 12 July – The Foundry, Christchurch
Sunday 13 July – Union Hall, Dunedin