Kristaps Bakis - Bullet In Her Face

 

Kristaps Bakis - Bullet In Her Face

Kristaps Bakis – Bullet In Her Face

 

ARTIST NAME: Kristaps Bakis

 

SONG TITLE: Bullet In Her Face

 

ALBUM TITLE: Spacehog

 

RELEASE DATE: January 28, 2020

 

GENRE: Indie Rock/Post-Punk /Freak-Folk

 

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Kristaps Bakis is an indie musician, songwriter, and producer, born in Riga, Latvia.

 

His sound is influenced by soul, post-punk, folk, and grunge.

 

He has played in many punk rock and hard rock bands, so these traits also blend into his music. Overall, he has been involved in music for more than 20 years.

 

He has released three albums – “Monkey Behind the Leaves” (2017), “Ghost of the Lizard” (2018), and “Spacehog” (2020).

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Discuss how you find the sounds that fit your vocals.

I write my own songs; therefore, it is easy to stay in my vocal range. I don’t have a wide voice and I am not a great singer. And it depends on a song. In some cases, I imagine myself as a cartoon character to get the necessary feeling of a song.

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Tell us how you come up with ideas to create your lyrics.

Most of the time, the music comes first. I come up with some riff or a few chords. Then I start looking for a vocal line. I don’t have words yet, so I just sing inarticulate syllables like a caveman. By then, it becomes clear – is it a sad song, scary song, laid-back song. And when you mix this feeling with these inarticulate syllables, the lyrics come to you quite effortlessly.

 

I could release my next album without lyrics. And have just a caveman singing.

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Tell us how you ensure the music producer balances your vocals with the instrumentals properly.

This is one of the reasons why I started to produce my songs myself. Even the best producers work according to their taste.

 

It’s wise to have a mix and mastering engineer in later stages, but the raw song will benefit if the musician personally works on it.

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Discuss the recording process of this song.

For me, it’s like that little guy Dexter working in his laboratory.

 

I do the recordings on my own, so I am free to do whatever I like. I can sing with a blanket over my head if I feel that the vocal sound is not dry enough.

 

Also, there’s no stress because of the time limit. It is crucial because editing is a very important phase. In some cases, I’ve been editing the song for months. I started with an acoustic song and wound up with a full-blown mix with drums, electronics, and orchestra. This song started in my mind with these for grungy chords. So, everything else just grew around them.

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Tell us your experience recording the vocals.

I have really sucked in my first recording sessions in the studio because I was shy and nervous. I didn’t feel comfortable singing in front of a recording professional. I was too worried about the pitch and technique. And the result was dead. That’s the main thing to get out of your head. Just relax and feel comfortable, even though a singer in front of a microphone is a very vulnerable being. Go drink beer or coffee with your recording engineer to know him/her better. Even if you’re not a great singer, believe me, they’ve seen worse.

 

Also, there are bad days. Just admit it. I have re-recorded vocals several times. Once I even had to take the train to go to another city where the studio was because the first take just didn’t sound good. Even though I did my best, but the voice just didn’t sound good enough on that day.

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Tell us how you ensure your songs sound well.

I just do my best and try to improve. I am lucky enough because post-punk and indie rock allows deviation. Unlike pop or heavy metal, where production quality is the key.

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State the best means of generating income in today’s music business.

Wedding musicians. Sad, but true.

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State the people involved in creating this song and their roles.

Just me. No one else was involved. And I am happy with the result.

 

When you work as a band or with producers, you have to compromise. Usually, the result is more appealing to the masses, but you compromise your artistic choices.

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Explain how you get involved in music.

When I was 14, I thought that Slash is the coolest guy in the world. So, it led to my first guitar. I started studying music. Then I realized that I can write songs and come up with lyrics. And I never really questioned – should I do it or not.

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State your favourite song and the reason.

I’m quite Zen about it. Since you are a new person every moment, then you can have a new favourite song as well.

 

Now, my favourite is “9 Crimes” by Damien Rice. There’s just something magically realistic in that piano and overall feeling of the song. As far as I am concerned, it is the best piano recording in the world.

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Tell us your opinion on the use of digital effects on vocals.

If there is an emotional or any other added value in the sense of production, then go for it.

 

There are songs where the digital voice effect is the driving element of the song. I use distortions and digital saturations in my songs. But you must be careful not to compromise emotional nuances.

 

Recently, I produced a recording for an opera singer Anna Peshkova, a song named “Deridum.” She has a very wide and unique voice. And I just played around with some digital effects on her voice, just for fun. It was then that I realized how much nuance gets lost, like, vibrato and other vocal techniques.

 

So, if you have a good and emotional vocal line, I would suggest trying to keep it clean as possible.

Deridum

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Explain the relevance of creativity to music.

There’s no use of making music if you don’t take a creative approach, except if you are a wedding musician, of course. Otherwise, you end up trying to duplicate “Queen” or “Eminem.” And nobody can beat “Queen” or “Eminem”.

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Tell us the steps to take before going into the studio to record.

I am the fortunate one because I live in my studio. I can pick the best moment of the day to do the recordings.

 

But sometimes, I have recording sessions with my band “Inqognito.” We set the date and I can’t opt-out. So, you do your best. Have a decent sleep a night before. If you are a singer – do whatever you need for your voice, like, tea and breathing or warming exercises.

 

Check your instruments, have some spare pack of guitar strings. And, as I said before, try to feel comfortable and get rid of shyness, because, yes, you will be recording music, but your main goal is to capture raw emotion.

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Tell us what you know about your fans.

It’s a piece of music for introverts, I guess. I don’t know much about them. Even some of my friends remain silent. And only a year later I find out that they listen to my music regularly and like it.

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Tell us if you see music as a rewarding career.

It is rewarding if you don’t expect much from it.

 

If you’re ego-driven and into the money, choose a corporate career, seriously.

 

 

There are many possibilities to feel like a rock star in the corporate world. I’ve been there. I worked in Nordea bank for seven years. Statistically, few musicians are making a living with music. And I mean, a small margin of those who did their homework – made good music, recorded an album, did some promotion.

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Tell us what you will do apart from music.

I am a freelance translator. I translate movies. It’s a great career for a musician because you’re a king in your working hours.

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Tell us if you will prefer to watch a movie to listening to music.

I would rather be reading a book. It really helps to quiet my mind.

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Elaborate on the song.

I am a 90’s kid. And ’90s was a bizarre time in my hometown, Riga.

 

The crime rate was very high. When I look back, it feels like a weird Emir Kusturica movie.

 

People were stealing potatoes and car batteries, while owners were asleep. And next morning, you would go to a flea market to buy your own car battery back.  The political situation was very strange.

 

Latvia had gained independence after the collapse of the USSR. And what happens when you give democracy to a confused nation? Yes! Let’s use it to build organized crime and sell drugs to young people! We’ve gone a long way and have a great country now. And even though it was bad back then, I have warm and fuzzy memories about the time. You know, you’re young, everything is new – your first beer, first guitar, first boobs. So, I wanted to catch that 90’s sound and feeling in a song, even though it is a bit tragic.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.

It’s my real name. I never bothered to come up with a stage name. When I was writing songs for “Spacehog”, I knew that there’s going to be a spacey vibe, so I knew it should be related to Cosmos. And I love animals, therefore “Spacehog” was the obvious choice.


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