Written by Teyquil Skelton
It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak with the members of Sandlot Records recording artist, Babygirl. Babygirl is Kiki Frances and Cameron Bright.
The Toronto duo has been making strides in the music industry for a little over two years now. Within that time, they’ve released projects including “Overbored” and their 6-song EP, Lovers Fevers.
Now that they’ve recently signed with Sandlot Records, all bets are off and the hits are coming like running water through a smooth flowing faucet. Their latest single, “Easy,” is causing sweet chaos and a need for speedy repeats, as the addictive single rings bells to fans who have experienced similar situations.
Frances and Bright met in college, but not in a way you might think. They met through their love for Lil’ Wayne and the rest was history.
I opened the interview by asking the duo about their latest single, “Easy,” and if they’ve experienced being on the wrong side of love. Frances replied, “Who hasn’t been on the wrong side of love at some point? Just about everyone possibly has gone through that kind of rejection.”
“We love to write from the vulnerable state because it’s true and when that kind of truth is exposed, music reaches a height unexplained and that in itself, is beautiful, in my opinion.”
The duo actually co-wrote the song, “Easy,” with their friend Emily Rose, who brought the idea of the song to the band’s attention. Personally, I’d like to thank Rose, Bright, and Frances, for their vulnerability to create something so beautiful and relatable. It’s a song that I feel the world needs to hear. I hope it only reaches more people, reaching those who might experience a similar situation. Director extraordinaire, Dylan Mitro, assisted with bringing the duo’s vision to fruition and allowing us to witness such a beautiful visual.
Since they started the band, they’ve been inspired by many different things. They both agreed that much of their inspiration comes from different places, but a majority of it comes from the many styles of music that they listen to and blend within their own sound. They enjoy melding genres of country, 50s and 60s grooves, doo-wop, Top 40, and so on. Frances said she loves to create from this angle/platform where much of the greatest music you’ve ever heard was created.
Frances and Bright are such sincere people and so therefore listening to music in an earnest way is very important. Though the two possess sarcastic tones lyrically in their own music, it’s still coming from a place of serious emotions. This allows for the duo to feel other approaches in music, regarding other artists and their work. Bright added that Top 40 music has taught them a lot about melodic simplicity. Though they don’t draw from the same exact texture, they do draw from a similar ethos.
As with all musicians thesed days, they’ve been struggling with canceled tours, fan interaction, and more. Frances said, ‘The band was scheduled to tour Europe, but had to cancel due to the COVID-19 crisis.”
Most of the weight in terms of barriers surrounds the band’s lost opportunities to interact with their fans around the world. It even affects how the band makes music. Bright added “that not being able to board a plane, write songs in a room with another human, but having to do so on Zoom, can be a bit of a challenge.”
Take it from Babygirl, life throws you melons but it’s all in how you bounce back and what you do to move forward after the rejection. It may not be easy to accept but it is “Easy” to groove to when the shit hits the fan. I’m here for it all because a good cry does a soul wonders especially when a song speaks from a perspective that’s truly relatable.
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