Meet BAYLI, Rihanna’s Future Pool Girl
Bayli’s having a moment. Originally the frontwoman of the Brooklyn thrash rock and soul band The Skins, the Brooklyn native struck out on her own to craft a new sound out of her early-aughts pop and hip-hop influences. Following the release of her debut EP Stories from New York last fall (the single “Sushi for Breakfast” had a viral moment), the 24-year-old has been collaborating with the likes of Jesse McCartney and Giveon, and can be heard on Mura Masa’s forthcoming album, demon time. Recently, she released “think of drugs,” a moody pop single that signals the imminent arrival of a record. To mark the occasion, Bayli sat down with Interview for a chat about working hard and working out.
INTERVIEW: Where are you now?
INTERVIEW: Who do you work with?
BAYLI: My most consistent collaborators are my good friend Brody Myles, who produced my first EP with me, and my baby brother Reef Cole, who is a gifted multi-instrumentalist.
INTERVIEW:What gives you energy?
BAYLI: Alone time. Being home. Seeing art and going to museums. Traveling and getting off the grid. Being in nature of any kind.
INTERVIEW: How much stamina do you have?
BAYLI: Meditation, taking care of my mental and physical health, being compassionate but also having boundaries. Living intentionally gives me lots of stamina.
INTERVIEW: What is the hardest you’ve worked?
BAYLI: Definitely during the creation of my first EP, “Stories from New York.” I was traveling a lot between New York and LA, and being very intense about finishing the songs—we tried multiple arrangements for each song. Looking back, I probably was trying to distract myself from the passing of my mother, who I’m still grieving over, by working so hard.
INTERVIEW: What makes work fun?
BAYLI: Getting to listen back to old tracks of mine and seeing how much I’ve evolved as an artist is really fun. I do that every couple of years.
INTERVIEW: What’s your motivation?
BAYLI: My motivation is to one day stumble across my own masterpiece, a song that stands the test of time. I want to break generational curses and take care of my family for generations to come.
INTERVIEW: What holds you back?
BAYLI: Overthinking and people-pleasing.
INTERVIEW: What’s your dream job?
BAYLI: Working with Beyoncé or Rihanna in any capacity. Literally I would be their pool girl.
INTERVIEW: What got you in trouble at work?
BAYLI: I’m a very detail-oriented person, and I can sometimes be micro-manage-y. *sigh*
INTERVIEW: How long can you last?
BAYLI: As long as I’m committed. When I’m working out in a class, I never give up. Even in hot yoga, which gets brutal.
INTERVIEW: What gets you up?
BAYLI: Sometimes the sun, sometimes my phone alarm.
INTERVIEW: What keeps you going?
BAYLI: Knowing my family and ancestral history and wanting to live up to it. Also my niece, Knight, who will be two years old in August.
INTERVIEW: What makes you tired?
BAYLI: Socializing with certain kinds of people.
INTERVIEW: What keeps you awake?
BAYLI: At night? Anxiety.
INTERVIEW: What makes you sweat?
BAYLI: Having confrontational conversations.
INTERVIEW: How do you endure?
BAYLI: By knowing I have a bigger purpose that will one day reveal itself.
INTERVIEW: How do you unplug?
BAYLI: I very rarely do. I’m working on that.
INTERVIEW: When do you crash?
BAYLI: When I pour too much energy into other people instead of preserving myself.
INTERVIEW: What’s the atmosphere like at work?
BAYLI: It’s very passionate. There’s an element of sacredness around the music and creative process in the studio.
INTERVIEW: What do you need?
BAYLI: I need compassion.
INTERVIEW: What gets you down?
BAYLI: People who are constantly negative.
INTERVIEW: What keeps you up?
BAYLI: Surrounding myself with brilliant minds who share similar values.
INTERVIEW: What do you want to create?
BAYLI: Rare and impactful work.
INTERVIEW: What do you want to leave behind?
BAYLI: An impressive legacy and lucrative assets.
INTERVIEW: What’s worth fighting for?
BAYLI: Humanity. Preserving the health of our planet.
INTERVIEW: What’s your reality?
BAYLI: My reality is that life comes in waves and you got to learn to surf ‘em!
INTERVIEW: What are you made of?
BAYLI: All the magic the universe has to offer.