TIDAL Rising: Bibi Bourelly
Bibi Bourelly has proven herself as one of the most interesting new talents to watch in 2016.
Based in California, but born and raised in Berlin, she moved back to the U.S. to pursue a career in music, which we think was a pretty good idea. At only 22 years old, Bourelly has already worked alongside Kanye West, written “Higher” and “Bitch Better Have My Money” for Rihanna and guested on tracks by Lil Wayne, Nick Brewer as well as Usher’s “Chains,” also featuring Nas.
Back in October 2015 she launched her first major single, “Ego,” unveiling a raw, passionate and cool as ice voice with affinity for powerful blues rock closer to PJ Harvey and The White Stripes than the aforementioned names, we knew it was gonna be really exciting year to follow Bibi Bourelly.
Highlighted at the start of the year as one of our special artists to watch in 2016, she dropped her debut EP, Free The Real (Pt. #1), in May. Just last week she released her follow-up, Free The Real (Pt. #1), which includes the standout single, “Perfect.”, featuring fellow Rising talent Earl St. Clair.
Below you can revisit our colorful Q&A with Bibi Bourelly from earlier this year where we got to know the rising artist a little better. Be sure to check out her powerful episode from the TIDAL video documentary series DNA here.
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Can you introduce yourself?
sup, I’m Bibi. I’m cool and shit.
When and how did you first get into music?
I was born into it. My father was a musician and my mom worked for the art department in the House of world culture in Berlin. I didn’t really have a choice. lol I just picked up on the shit the same way kids pick up on their first language.
Who were your musical heroes growing up?
My father played his jazz, blues, funk, soul shit around the house. My mother played a lot of moroccan and french artists. But I, just like all the other girls, idolized Destiny’s Child, Britney, Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, etc.
Name an album, artist or experience that changed your perspective on music?
Living for the City – Stevie Wonder. I remember hearing it for the first time and being able to understand why it was a phenomenal song. I remember feeling the difference between that song and other songs and really beginning to learn and explore my talent.
Best new song you recently discovered?
“Lazy Wood” – Merlyn Wood
Can you share us a fun fact about you or your music?
I am my music and my music is me.
That shit just sounded cliche as heck but its true.
What’s your favorite activity besides music?
I dont really know how to do shit else. smoke spliffs. I know how to knit? But not very well.
What’s coming next for you?
I don’t know man, I’m just winging it. Hopefully great things.
Looking one year ahead, what was the best thing that happened to you in 2016?
Hopefully I would’ve touched a kazzzzillliionnn, billion, trillion people with my music and made their lives a little easier I guess.
Who knows though. I just wanna focus on staying honest and creating. I just want to try my best to be the best artist I can be and if people like it, cool and if they don’t, cool. It scares me to think so far into the future.
And finally, describe your music as if it were in physical form.
Heavy, raw, bruised.
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