With over one-million YouTube views and performances everywhere from his native New York, to Los Angeles, and the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, BAKER is certainly getting seen and heard with his brand of up-beat, electro-pop music. Now preparing to release his second album, and in the studio with Eric Sanicola, a member Lady Gaga producer RedOne’s production team, BAKER took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about music, fashion, and more…
PopCulturez.Com: Welcome to PopCulturez. You are a Harvard graduate and a classical Cellist – so what made you decide to move into making pop-music?
It’s always been an interest of mine – the idea of making something that anyone anywhere in the world can enjoy. That’s pop music.
PopCulturez.Com: How would you describe your sound, for those yet to hear you?
It’s a mix of pop, 90s rock, EDM, R&B, and many other genres that have inspired me. My music is something you can take with you anywhere – the club, the car, the gym, the beach – and it’ll make you feel good.
PopCulturez.Com: Your music seems to carry an appeal that could work equally in the clubs or on the radio, how do you direct your sound between the dance-floor and the air-waves, and do you think of where the songs will work best as you write them?
Most of the beats are definitely club-orientated, but the songs and vocals are really from 60s or 80s era pop records. There’s not too much intention behind that, it’s just what I like to hear.
PopCulturez.Com: You come from New York, but have moved over to L.A. to work on your new album. How do the two places both compare, and inform you, musically?
Here in LA everything is spread out, and you gotta look for what inspires you, whereas in NYC it’s everywhere and in your face, whether you like it or not. But I do listen to the radio a lot more now since I’m driving all the time (laughs)!
PopCulturez.Com: What is a typical day like for you right now?
Wake-up around 6:30, work-out, answer tweets or facebook posts from the fans, and get on the phone with my manager and discuss updates, etc. Then I either rehearse for an upcoming show, or I’m in the studio.
PopCulturez.Com: Sounds like you stay busy! When is your new album due out, has it got a title, and can you let us in on what we might expect from that?
We’re gunning for early 2013 and – this is the narcissist in me – I’ve always liked the idea of the self-titled debut album, because I think people are just getting to know you, and that’s usually more important for them than any concept or song title. And the album will be a true pop album, a mix of uptempo bangers and midtempo jams that will let you see and
hear the world as I do.
PopCulturez.Com: It seems that your personal sense of style and fashion are catching as much attention as your music, why do you think this is, and do you have any good style tips for our readers?
I grew up in a household where almost everyone worked in fashion, so that’s definitely had an impact from an early age. As for tips, don’t follow trends or what a celebrity is wearing. Wear what fits you; both physically and your state of mind.
PopCulturez.Com: Thanks for your time, but before we go, is there anything more that you would like to add?
Only that you’ll be hearing a lot more of me very, very soon..