Episode 015 : BAARIC
Friday, March 19th, 2021
CLINIK: What is the significance of the name BAARIC?
BAARIC: The name is an idea I had one day and it stuck. I kept saying it to myself and loved the way it sounded. To me, it symbolizes all the things that influence me in music and life.
C: How has your hometown and local scene influenced your outlook on music, if at all?
B: In the area of Virginia where I’m from there’s not really an electronic music scene, so I would have to drive a couple hours to Knoxville, TN to go to shows every weekend with friends. I think because I had to do that so much it made me appreciate the scene a lot more.
C: What initially inspired you to create original music?
B: I’ve been a musician playing drums mostly with some guitar since I was 12. I was always inspired to make my own music early on. I got into electronic music when I was around 15 and started exploring different types of genres and styles. I started going to shows later on and met some amazing artists and knew it was the path I was going to take.
C: Your flip of PEEKABOO and ISOXO’s “POWERMOVE” with rSun is grimey and a lot of fun to listen to. How did this one come together?
B: We were talking about collaborating on a track together and he sent me an idea and it happened very organically with a few sessions. Upped the tempo and it created a whole new vibe. I love the way that track turned out and I’m glad people enjoy it!
C: Your recent song with Derrick Ryan, “Universally”, is melodic and emotional. How did you go about creating and mixing the drop for this track?
B: This is the second track I made with Derrick. He sent me the vocal stems that he already wrote and I made the song around them. I wrote the instrumental in about a day and we both loved it!
C: What is your preferred DAW and why? What are your favorite tools to use for sound design?
B: I use Ableton 11. I love the workflow, I can get my ideas out pretty quick now and know what direction to take them. The stock plugins are amazing as well. I love granular synthesis plugins. I use that method a lot in my tracks lately. Stretching and pitching sounds are fun too!
C: You have a very versatile sound, being able to either throw down or hit listeners right in the feels. How do you decide which type of mood you are going for in a song? Is this something more spontaneous or deliberate?
B: I make music that mirrors how I feel on that particular day. Some days I want to write something that I think people will feel emotionally, then there’s days where I want to make something more aggressive and headbang to. I love having that balance because it really shows both sides of my musical influences.
C: You spoke on Instagram about your admiration for the bass duo DroeLoe. How do you emulate them both in your music and in the way that you carry yourself as an artist?
B: I saw them live a few years ago and got to hang out with them for a few and they gave me some amazing advice as an artist. Staying true to what you love and staying humble and not having a giant ego is very important. I love how much attention to detail they put into their music and how clean the mixdowns are. I try to do the same in my own tracks!
C: How do you maintain your beard? Have you ever thought about shaving it off or altering it in any way?
B: Beard oil is the secret. I’ve had it for a while and have no plans to get rid of it!
C: What are your goals as an artist for 2021?
B: My goals for 2021 are to keep making as much music as I can that I love and continue to learn as much as possible. I’m working on the visual aspect of this project so that will be something exciting coming soon! Overall I want to share my ideas and vision with everyone and hopefully they enjoy it!