Slidin’ Thru: Baby Goth

May 31, 2019

Read the full interview on YoungCalifornia.com!

Baby Goth might be one of hardest females in the music industry, no cap. Hailing from Arlington, Texas, the 21-year-old rapper blends all genres of music —  jazz, folk, and heavy metal — to create what she calls “bubblegum trap with a hint of rock.” It was 2018’s “Swimming” featuring Trippie Redd and Lil Xan that brought her name to the forefront — as audiences couldn’t help but gravitate toward her voice and tranquility. Read more…

In high school, she found her way into a bluegrass band and at 19, she was pregnant with her first child. 3 years later, she gave birth to her second child, proving you can make your dreams come true regardless of your circumstances. Aside from her ear and taste in fire tunes, Baby finds music to be the cure for her anxiety — something we can all relate to on a daily basis.

For those who don’t know, who is Baby Goth?
I’m from Texas. My name is Baby Goth. I picked it because it’s like my sacrum. Baby is the positive side to my darkness, to my goth. I like horror movies and Disney movies. I like pink and black. Things that really contrast are my favorite. My name’s a representation of my personality.

You’re from Arlington, Texas. What made you move to California?
Everyone always used to tell me I looked like I was from California. [laughs] I was like “I gotta go there I guess.” Growing up in Texas, everyone was reserved. In high school, you’re not allowed to have colored hair, piercings, tattoos. I’d get sent to detention if my tattoo showed, it was crazy. Places like California embraced that difference. It’s empowering to be different and to express your uniqueness, that’s why I always wanted to go down here.

What’s your favorite part of the West Coast?
It’s so chill. It’s different than anywhere I’ve been. Everyone’s so calm. Being around the creativity, everyone around here’s so creative. I love that, it’s inspiring.

Do you bring your kids (1 & 4 years) out here come out here too?
Yeah sometimes. I took them to the beach a few weeks ago. Before I went on tour, I took them to Disneyland.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
It’s really important ‘cause everyone’s here. A lot of it has to do with being in the right place at the right time, who you know. Being around and getting to meet cool people, I met Diplo and Skrillex just by being around the studio. It’s a good place to be if you wanna grow as an artist for sure.

Did you guys make music?
Yeah, I worked with Diplo. We have a song, we’re gonna release it.

What is your take on the music industry?
It’s different. It’s complicated. It’s like a new language you gotta learn. [laughs] Some people are real genuine, some people just wanna use you for your money and your platform. You gotta weed out the real people from the fake.

You just released your new single “So High.” Who’s making you feel so high!?
I write in the moment. [laughs] It’s how I felt in the moment and a lot of people can relate.

The cover art is crazy. Talk about that & your creative direction.
That was actually a random photoshoot I planned with my friend Ben, he does Out Here Visuals. I said I wanted to do a shoot in a tub with blood — fake blood. I had cat ears on, we did some stuff with milk. It was fun. I ended up picking the blood pictures for the cover.

“Swimming” is at over 5.6M on Youtube alone. Did you foresee it blowing up like this?
Not really. I thought it’d get a good amount of views obviously because Trippie and Xan are well-established in the music industry, but no I didn’t expect it to go up that fast. It’s cool.

What’s your friendship with Trippie?
We’re real close. I was just with Trippie in the studio two days ago.

How do you record? Do you write your shit down?
I like to do my melodies off the top of my head, then I’ll write all my lyrics afterwards. Lately, I’ve working with a couple people on melodies. I like to do my lyrics for sure. I like to write them in a notebook with a pen or pencil, it feels like it gets out easier.

Talk about linking with Wiz on “Sugar.”
“Sugar” was my song at first. I had the whole second verse done. We sent it out to Wiz and he ended up fucking with the song a lot. He worked on it for a week and sent it back. Then I did the video treatment, it was all pretty smooth.

What is it you want fans to get from your story?
Really to just be yourself. Not let your image or the fact that you’re a young mom, maybe you have a mental disability — I want people to do what they want to do and not give a fuck about what society thinks is the right way.

What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
We’re working on the next project right now, so I’m trying to expand the sound a little bit.

Is there a name?
Not yet, I’m still working on the name. I got all the songs lined up, I’m perfecting them. We’re expanding the vibe. I’m tryna expand as an artist. Start doing all my treatments, all my visuals 100% for me. I’m gonna start co-directing all my videos. I’m gonna design all the merch coming out with the project. We have a couple ideas, like little presents I’m excited for. I’ma drop hints.

Best memory opening for Kodie Shane on tour?
Really it was first tour and my first shows in general, just learning from everyone. They have so much experience. Their stage presence is so different from each other, but it’s also fire. It’s really inspiring to see everyone do their thing and learn from them too. They all give me advice. They pump me up before my sets too.

What advice did they give you?
Basically not to care. To be you and express yourself on stage the way you do in the song. It’s all real good advice, I get in my head before shows because I got that anxiety. [chuckles]

How important is social media for your career?
It’s really important now because everyone uses it. It’s the easiest way to get to everyone that’s fucking with the most relevant shit. It’s the fastest way to get to the most people on your own, without having to get a push from someone else.

Who’s your favorite person to follow?
Man I got a bunch. I follow Billie Eilish, I fuck with her. I like her music. I follow a couple really cool tattoo pages. It’s weird but I follow this on page where they make tiny versions of food. I love tiny things. They even got tiny ovens. It’s so funny, I just laugh. They make little pizzas, little steaks and shit.

Did you parents flip when you got a face tattoo?
That’s why I waited so long, because I was worried. I got it when I was 21. Also I got kids, so I couldn’t get face tattoos unless I knew I was gonna make money in the music industry. Or something artistic because people don’t fuck with that. But you could always cover it up with make-up, so I was like “why not?”

What was your first one?
It was the cross, the teardrop, and the flower. I got ‘em all at once.

Why did you go get 3 vs. just one?
I wanted it for awhile. I drew them on with makeup for a couple months to make sure that’s what I wanted and in those spots. I’m working on it. I’m tryna get more, it’s a process.

What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
That depends, I got two different normal days. When I’m at home, I gotta wake up real early like 6am. That’s when my babies wake up. We’ll take a bath, I’ll make food, watch cartoons. If it’s warm outside, we’ll play outside. They love playing in the sprinklers, shit like that. We watch old Disney movies, that’s my favorite. It’s fun. They got some really cool Children museums now that are fire.

But here, I’ll wake up at noon because we’ve probably been out until 5am recording. I don’t really party that much. I’ll drink in the studio but it’s more for a vibe, not to just get lit. Most of the time we’re in the studio until 2am or 3am, but lately it’s been 5am. We don’t really come out until the sun comes out.

3 things you need in the studio?
Weed, water, and wine. I like red wine. You don’t gotta drink as much. It’s a fun tipsy, you’re more bubbly.

Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Honestly I don’t listen to music on my phone. Especially because I’ve be writing so much lately, I don’t like when other things subconsciously influence your melodies, etc. I’ll listen to music when other people play it, but when I’m listening to music, it’s usually my own music I’m critiquing to fix.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
I had my first Meet & Greet. I got to really sit down and talk to them. I followed them all on Instagram too. They’re all friends which is so cool. It’s just new. It’s the first time people really know me. Coming off stage and people asking for pictures, I felt like I was dreaming. Some people bought me drinks, brought me blunts, it was really nice.

What city was that in?
That happened in every city. Almost every city, someone brought me weed. Somebody threw me Reeses on stage one time. I was like “they really know me.” [laughs]

Dream collab?
I got a few. I want to do a song with Del the Funky Homosapien. I want to do a song with Ski Mask The Slump God. I want to do one with A$AP Rocky. Missy Elliott would be fire. Maybe old school Travis Barker, Simple Plan type shit.

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