Emerging singer-songwriter Bambie burst onto the scene earlier this year with a raw, hyper pop music sound that’s enigmatic from start to finish. It was a culmination of years spent writing for other musicians and lending their vocals to some notorious producers, leading to the artist releasing via their ‘Bambie Thug’ artistic project which draws on inspiration from the goth subculture and the supernatural. Early singles ‘Birthday’ and ‘Ritual’ displayed the potential behind the project that’s only gone from strength to strength since.
Latest single ‘P.M.P’ is an empowering track that draws on sounds from the worlds of both hip hop and dance. It see’s Bambie continue to write songs containing lyrics that are universally pertinent while still keeping it deeply personal. This aspect is particularly integral to the artists identity, whose honesty leaves nothing off the table. Originally catching out attention with their collaborative single ‘Lightning Like This’ with electronic duo Nightlapse, we saw just how versatile the artist is.
The track saw Bambie move away from the rawness within their solo music, and into a clean, feel good dance production. It was a space where the artists voice truly shone bright, whilst still bringing their ability to tell introspective stories. Written about a time where the artist was battling severe depression, the song acts as a call to strength for those who find themselves in a similar situation. It created a unique juxtaposition between the lyrics and the production, where the darkness was counteracted by a series of euphoric moments. The final product was a song where both Bambie and Nightlapse came to together with polarising identities to create something truly special.
We caught up with Bambie to learn more about ‘Lightning Like This’, the creative process behind their music and what we can expect next from the artist.
When did you start making music?
I started making music when I was 12 on Audacity on my old PC, that I’m pretty sure still had dial up internet. It was a track called ‘I suiver le breeze’ where I used French and English lyrics inspired by Pocahontas. I still can’t speak French but I’m here for baby Bambs. I used to write jingles and whole musicals with my sisters growing up. I didn’t consider it seriously till I had finished my degree in musical theatre in London, but when I decided to be a songwriter and pursue it, I started vomiting music and that has never changed. Pretty sure I wrote 400 songs that first year, 399 of which you will never hear. Whoops!
Your latest single ‘Lightning Like This’ sees you collaborate with electronic duo Nightlapse, how did this come about?
Nightlapse found me on Facebook years ago and we made a track called ‘Freak Out’ which was released in 2020. I love working with different types of producers and after hearing the beat for ‘Lightning Like This’ my brain got so excited and I was just like ‘OK… that is mine!’
Lyrically, the song tackles your challenges with mental health, how important is it for you to tell those personal stories through your art?
It’s extremely important to me to normalise talking about mental health where I can. I write best when I can speak from my own experiences. Songwriting has always acted as therapy for me because I find it hard to vocalise my feelings without a melody.
With Nightlapse on the production, the track gives the illusion of a feel good dance anthem, despite the songs underlying message. Was this an intentional decision?
The message of the song is about overcoming darkness. It talks about suicidal thoughts but the last chorus is hopeful- “I won’t lose myself this time in lightning like this”.
I wrote the song when I was seriously depressed and it was the first step of my journey to healing. It’s a shadow-work song. I think it’s an important song because it’s a reminder that you’re in charge of your demons, they might seem giant and all consuming but you are fully capable of mastering them. Trauma needs to be acknowledged so we can heal. The past is the past, and it’s important to realise that it doesn’t have to control your present.
Life is a battle, remember you’re a warrior.
What can we expect from you in the future?
You can expect a lotttttt of music, shows, collaborations and visuals and I’m going on tour later this year. This is all a culmination of ‘Bambie Thug’, my artist project, which has a power-puff, punk, witchy porn vibe that I’ve been creating and developing for the last couple years. I also write for other artists (Cassyette, Kid Brunswick, iknowiknow, Brother Sundance, fika) so you can expect more Bambie lyrics popping up in other places and genres too! I’m so excited for the future, I’ve been hustling hard for years and I have so many plans!