Bailey Baum
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Bailey Baum — Bad For Me

Bailey Baum’s latest single “Bad For Me” is out now and it will have you second guessing all the bad boys in your life. Her soft seductive voice will reel you in and keep you daydreaming into your next (healthier) relationship. She taps into all the intricacies of trying to get over someone. She sings “will someone take my phone away” and “dial your number to delete it.” So many of us have been there. No matter how bad someone is for us, we can’t help but to crave and miss and reminisce. Her music encapsulates all of that.

Baum’s aching voice paired with airy synths come together to bring us the ultimate breakup anthem. She is one to watch. Her Instagram is filled with hot Y2K-inspired looks and vibes. Maybe that’s why her music holds so much nostalgia. We got to talk to the sleek dreamy singer-songwriter about writing “Bad For Me” and more.

Tell me something people wouldn’t usually know about you?

I’m one of six children in my family, I’m naturally blonde (this tends to shock everyone), and I’m surprisingly athletic. I actually looooove outdoor sports. I started dirt biking when I was 6 and I’m really big into wakesurfing and wakeboarding.

How would you describe your style and sound?

I think that my music has a really dreamy, chill, emotional, and sometimes even sultry element to it. I feel like my sound is just a part of who I am. My whole life I’ve been told I had a unique tone to my voice and I always had such a hard time wrapping my head around what that meant because I feel like it’s just reflective of who I am as a person! Everything in my music just comes naturally — I’ve been doing this ever since I could talk, so my style and sound have just grown along with me over the years. I’m starting to try out new, more unpredictable writing and melody styles, and I’ve also been working with my vocal coach to really push myself out of my comfort zone.

What sparked the idea for “Bad For Me?” What was the process like?

I feel everything very deeply when it comes to friendships and relationships. When I was writing this single I had just come to the realization that the person I was with at the time wasn’t good for me anymore. “Bad For Me” is all about understanding that the pattern you’re in with someone isn’t healthy. It’s about stepping back and making the decision to not call, text, or run back to the person no matter how much you want to in the moment. I took that as inspiration and created the song. I’m being the most vulnerable I’ve ever been with all my new music, which is scary but also rewarding. I worked on this song in Nashville and Oklahoma with Emily Fullerton, Cameron Mitchell, and Chad Copelin. They really helped bring the song and the emotions to life and it came together really fast.

What got you into music? How have you evolved since then?

I never really had a singular moment that I can trace everything back to as far as what got me into music or exactly why. I just feel like it’s always been a part of me. I do remember looking in the mirror and singing when I was around 6 years old and being like “wow, I think I can actually sing” and then running downstairs to make my family listen. I’ve evolved so much since then, working with countless collaborators, taking influence from the music I’ve discovered over the years, and all of the experiences and relationships I’ve gone through and the feelings I’ve had — all of it has helped shape the artist I am today. In recent years I’ve been able to focus more in depth on what exactly my goals are musically, what inspires me, and everything I truly love. Everything feels more right than it ever has and I can’t wait to keep sharing my journey with the world.

What have you been listening to on repeat nowadays?

I can’t stop listening to The Neighbourhood’s album, Chip Chrome & The Mono-Tones. I’ve also had “Easy” by Troye Sivan and Kacey Musgraves and “Juliette” by Slush Puppy on repeat lately.