[FITA Exclusive] Interview with Bailee Moore + Game Changer EP (Stream)
Last week I posted Bailee Moore’s Mirror Mirror music video. I’m sure some of you have been wondering what’s up next for our white girl rapper. A couple of days ago I was able to catch up with this senior at OU and ask her a couple questions. She has also just released her EP, Game Changer which you can stream and purchase below. Check out the exclusive interview after the jump!
FITA Exclusive Interview
Q: So it’s about a year now since your first video took off isn’t it?
A: Yeep! Two more weeks.
Q: I have to ask, how did you end up rapping in the studio that first time?
A: In my second video on YouTube, Talk that Talk, it features Erik Paul, and he goes to OU with me. Since my major is retail merchandising, and he’s been rapping and singing for awhile, he asked if I would be the stylist for his upcoming music video’s. Around that same time the “Look At Me Now” cover by Karmin came out, and he thought it would be cool if he had a girl rap in one of his songs. And he decided to ask me. I didn’t tell anyone at first, I just told people I was doing a song with him. So, I did the video, we released it, and that night, within less than 24hours, it had 175,000 views, and I was like alright, I guess this is what I’m doing now!
Q: Did you know you were able to rap like this?
A: Not until he [Erik Paul] wrote the song and gave it to me to memorize. I thought, oh my god, this is so fast there’s no way I can do it, and then I did it and was like okay, I can do this
Q: What was your inspiration for this EP?
A: Well, Erik Paul helped me write a lot of the songs. But most my inspiration comes from making people happy. I want to make songs that people can listen to and get happy. Songs that are upbeat and they can listen to while driving, getting ready, or at a bar. But I’ve also been criticized before for having too many party songs. So I also want to make sure I include some personal things in my songs. So those are some big things I keep in mind while putting this EP together
Q: How did you come up with the name “Game Changer” for the EP?
A: Pretty much when my first song came out, everyone was like oh she’s a preppy white girl rapping. And my friends and I were talking one day and it came up and they were like you’re a game changer, and I’m like yeah I am! I’m just something that’s never been done before. It’s just different. I think that first video and first song took off the way it did because, once again, it’s just never been done before so people were shocked by it and intrigued by it.
Q: What is your favorite song on the album?
A: Mine is Game Changer, because it was how I felt about someone when I was writing the song, and it’s very personal but at the same time everyone can relate to it. And I love the chorus; it’s very catchy. I wanted something the crowd could sing along to. It’s always been my favorite song from the very beginning. It was the first song I sat in the studio with my producer and it was the first beat we made from scratch together and started writing together. There’s a lot that went into that song.
Q: Who do you listen to for inspiration?
A: People I listen to for inspiration when I write, or want to know more about what to rap about or sing about, I listen to Jay-Z a lot, and Drake, and Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj. I like Nicki’s style, I like how it’s very upbeat, and I like Rihanna’s singing parts and what she talks about.
Q: Who would you like to do Collabs with?
A: Mike Posner Definitely, Sammy Adams, Mac Miller.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: I am working on planning a mini tour and then after a few shows in January and February, I’ll start working on my next EP to hopefully be released late spring or early summer. We’ll be working hard on that. I’m also hoping to do a collab with someone!