Interview By: Kenneth Zapanta
Queer singer-songwriter Baby Yors, a dynamic performer and genre-defying soul-pop-rock star who’s on the rise in the music industry and is one of a kind. Born in Argentina with a Spanish, German, Chinese, and French heritage, he has released just three singles and has been able to create a name for himself as an artistically inventive artist. Baby’s determined drive, his taste for the dramatic, and his need for artistic escapism all go back to his adolescence in Jujuy, a place that, for him, is tied to tragic memories of bullying and discrimination. At a young age, Baby started singing in a choir and acting, and with the inspiration of Madonna, Michael Jackson and Britney Spears he began taking dance lessons years later.
“Music has always been the main part of my life, even at the time when I was doing more acting… then it was more like a personal outlet that I had. I write all of my lyrics, so I look at my music as poetry, as a way I have to communicate with the world, and the musical aspect of it allows me to channel more intangible things, things that I might not be able to put into words,” he explained to This Bitch
At the age of 17, Baby moved to the city that never sleeps, New York and sought a career in classical ballet but soon turned his attention to acting. Shortly, after landing acting roles in several TV and film projects – including The CW’s The Carrie Diaries, CBS’s The Good Fight, The Wolf on Wall Street, the Martin Scorsese-produced Revenge of the Green Dragon, and the 2017 Cannes selection, Antofagasta, New York, the androgynous musician shifted his focus back to music exclusively by turning his poetry into songs and honed an appearance steeped in glam-rock romanticism on peroxide blonde hair and patent platforms and adding his voice to a marginalized part of the entertainment industry. Being a Director and drawing inspiration to his music from films, Stanley Kubrick, Tim Burton, David Lynch, Pedro Almodovar, and others!
“I like the sound that matches complete the visual elements. When both mediums become one. I also love Argentinian folklore, soul music, and electronic music.” Baby’s love of film is especially apparent in his latest music video, for “Bad Influence.”
The visual, which he co-produced and co-directed, pays homage to Jean Genet’s 1950 queer classic Un chant d’amour.
What is your musical background?
I started singing in the choir when I was 7 still in Argentina and started dancing right after that. Music has always been the main part of my life, even at the time when I was doing more acting… then it was more like a personal outlet than I had. I write all of my lyrics, so I look at my music as poetry, as a way I have to communicate with the world, and the musical aspect of it allows me to channel more intangible things, things that I might not be able to put into words.
How would you describe your sound?
People say it’s Rock-soul-pop. I keep experimenting and I feel like I have absolutely no boundaries. I think that my words and voice are what link the music sometimes. I’ve been experimenting with Latin rhythms, very cinematic sounds, and some songwriting Spanish too, which of course comes super natural to me.
What’s your songwriting process like? How does it differ from the co-writing process?
Usually, I write the songs fully and then I bring them to a session with another musician and we work specifically on the arrangements. Sometimes those arrangements make me come up with a new section of the song. When it comes to lyrics, I haven’t found anyone I feel comfortable writing them with. And I probably never will, because it’s a deeply personal thing. Sometimes a collaborator will come up with an initial phrase or idea, but it takes me a long time to process it and make it mine to finish writing the song. However, there’s nothing better than creating with other musicians and letting them inspire you at the moment and vice-versa. I love doing that and I usually have a notebook with me where I have lots of poetry and essays to feed me lyrics when I am finding melodies.
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
This spread appears in the pages of TB105 BABY YORS taken from Poppy: The Religion 2019; out now and available to buy here.
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