ASBO Meets: Liam Bailey
Liam Bailey first stepped on to the music scene back in 2010. He released 2 EPS under Amy Whinehouse’s label and has worked with some of the UK's finest including Chase & Status, Gorillaz, Salaam Remi and Shy FX and has hit the road with artist such as Paloma Faith, Ellie Goulding, Plan B and Jessie J. Now Liam is getting ready for his next chapter, with a new EP ‘Brand New’ on the way come 2019 and a new single Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her. ASBO Meets caught up with Liam to talk all things music and his journey so far.
How would you describe your sound?
I’ve released many styles of music. I’m very versatile and I love that I can express myself in different ways in life so why not musically too. I know it can be confusing for the listener though. I understand that if you’re going to express yourself in different ways you’re always going to confuse people.
How has your music developed from when you started out?
I’m more in tune with how I like to express myself now. What vibes I like to be on
What is your approach when it comes to making music?
I have a very shamanic and quite intense relationship with making music. I freestyle a lot. And I bounce off other people well too.
Who were some of your musical influences?
Lots of reggae and soul music. Since I've worked with Chase & status I've been exposed to a lot of jungle, drum & bass and dance culture music which I like a lot too.
You first broke out in the scene in 2010, how would you describe what it was like when you first started then versus now?
Artists do more themselves now because they’ve seen that by self belief and trusting the right things you don’t need a major label. I’ve noticed though that major labels are now changing their approach to make things look independent and when really its absolutely classic traditional record label work that’s being done. The real ones out there doing it truly indie have been inspiring to learn from though.
How do you find the collaborating process?
I find it inspiring if it’s with the right people, in the right time and space. It’s a truly beautiful experience.
Over the years you have worked with a string of well known artist across the UK, Chase and Status, Maverick, what has that been like that?
Sick. All family. All blessed
You released your single Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her as the first single of your upcoming EP, why did you decide to release this song first?
It was a song I was passionate about, myself and my team agreed it was a strong lead single
What can you tell us about the song?
It’s wicked. One of my best songs I really love it.
How do you feel this song represents the sounds of your new EP?
It represents it well. I’ve wasted a lot of time & got very lost & unwell as a person. More work to do though. I’m blessed to still be here able to be doing music.
What can you tell us about your EP Brand New?
It’s fresh. It’s a good start. I feel like my output as an artist has been low and there’s been a lot of stops and starts. So this new vibe here has set the new chapter up well.
In where you are as an artist and how far you have come with your previous EP how does this represent where you are as an artist?
Still the same core ingredients. Honest, soulful & heartfelt. But fresh too
What was been the hardest lesson that you have learnt?
Mental health problems don’t get solved by ignoring them. And they don’t get solved on a wave with people of you love.
How have you evolved as an artist?
I’m more aware of time and how it can be used to your advantage.
What can we expect from you next?
More music & more life!
Words: Seneo Mwamba