SPOTLIGHT

Describe your music to us.
A home baked, hearty fusion of synth-pop and alt-pop.

Growing up, which artists inspired you the most?
Some of my main inspirations aren’t necessarily artists I’ve grown up on. To dance around the question a little less however, Nintendo has been one of the biggest influences on my music. Hours of playing video games over the years has cemented itself in my music for sure. HOMESHAKE, David Bowie, Neutral Milk Hotel and Mort Garson’s album, Mother Earth’s Plantasia, were also among many huge influences for me in my teenage years.

You’ve recently changed your stage name to Beansprowt – tell us more!
Me and my girlfriend were having a laugh this one time and the nickname beansprout boy was born. When I came to change my name, Beansprout boy was one of the first things that popped into my head, which then became Beansprowt. I thought it suited me and I really liked how it looked. I thought it stood out a little more than my previous name. Plus no one else had the name, which was the main reason for changing my name in the first place – so I thought it was perfect!

Did you always know you wanted to do music?
I used to play piano as a kid, but never made music of my own. I ended up dropping piano but was still really into music. It wasn’t until years later when my friends started to make their own music that I thought I’d pick it up again. The thought of being able to play together was really exciting for me.

If you could choose any. which artists would you like to collab with?
ARTHUR, OTTO, Cornelius, Mild High Club and Veygn. But that’s a lotta choices so I’ll narrow it down to ARTHUR and Cornelius.

Has music ever helped you through a difficult time?
100%. Music has definitely helped me through difficult times. For me, just sitting down at the piano can be a good emotional outlet and writing can be a great way to channel my feelings into something positive. Listening to some feelgood music or strangely enough, sometimes even the opposite, can do wonders, too. I used to whack on some James Brown if I wasn’t feeling too great and it’d often brighten my spirits right up.

Do you have any advice for people just starting out?
Don’t rush yourself but also don’t try to make everything perfect. Take your time to make sure you’re happy with your music but try not to obsess too much. You gotta let go at some point or nothing will get done. Music is never completely perfect, and those imperfections are often what make something so endearing!

Ba Ba Da! is available now.

@Beansprowtt

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