Interviews

Q+A with Brigitte Bardini

Exciting newcomer Brigitte Bardini schools us on ethereal wave with her atmospheric debut single, Aphrodite, released today.  The track is accompanied by a dreamy video by Ayush Negi that was masterfully filmed through water to pull off a fittingly 90s alt indie vibe.
This introspective track is dream pop at its finest.  Aphrodite will swiftly hijack your attention – its intricacies will draw you in and allow you to discover more with each listen, whilst further propelling the mystery of the artist. Dark, moody and oozing effortless cool, this song is for fans of PJ Harvey, Portishead and Bjork.

We caught up with Brigitte to talk about what is going on in her world

H2Z: Hi, thanks for taking the time to chat with Hear 2 Zen, what have you been up to today?
BB: It’s a pleasure, thank you for the opportunity!  So far today I’ve been for breakfast with a close friend of mine which always sets up the day nicely.  

H2Z: Tell us about yourself, how long have you been performing/creating music for?  
BB: I’ve been creating music since mid 2018 which was when I was half way through doing my first year of psychology.  I felt what I could only call a desperation to start learning guitar and found that as soon as I had the instrument, I had the tool to create.  I finished out the year and I’ve only been focussing on music ever since then.

H2Z: Who are your greatest inspirations?  Why?
BB: My greatest inspirations are Jeff Buckley, Air, Beck, PJ Harvey,  Elliot Smith and Thom Yorke.  I find these are the artists that I can resonate the most with and have been a touching stone throughout recent and highly formative years.  I’m influenced by not only the music but their ability to create what so clearly seems to be a direct reflection of themselves and their own emotions and experiences.

H2Z: How do you create music?  Are you lyrics/story driven, or does the music/melody come first?  Explain your process. 
BB: It’s very different from song to song.  Sometimes the lyrics come first and the melody adjusts or it begins with an idea of something that I need to express and then it happens very organically.  Mostly I like to build a song from a basic foundation on an instrument and then the lyrics and the music inform each other as the song evolves.  Sometimes the lyrics can be story driven, based on a broad idea, lesson or even a moment in time.

H2Z: What has been your greatest challenge so far in performing/creating music?
BB: I think the biggest challenge is giving yourself time to gather inspiration.  I wrote my first collection of songs so quickly where there was a point I was writing a new song everyday.  When this started to slow down I was worried that I was losing my momentum but in reality I had expressed what I needed to express and I was content.  Contentment can also give you drive to create but I’m most driven when there’s a need to get something out that is bothering me in one way or another.

H2Z: Tell us about your new release, how did it come about?
BB: Aphrodite was created because of a personal experience I had with someone who didn’t prioritise the right things and was always giving into temptations.  This is why ‘sirens’ being the temptations and ‘Aphrodite’ the goddess of love were painted into the picture.  Aphrodite was a way to fill this gap as I accepted the truth of the situation and wanted to maintain this friendship/relationship while the good still outweighed the bad.  

H2Z: What advice do you have to artists who are just starting out?
BB: To always develop your own vision for everything you do that is associated with your music.  The only person who can truly understand what you are trying to depict and express is you and you have to trust this.

H2Z: Tell us your favourite Zen practice.
BB: My favourite Zen practice would have to be meditation.  This isn’t necessarily sitting quietly for me but rather finding any activity that allows me to be focussing on one thing and not have my attention divided by many different things.  This could simply be turning off my phone and watching a movie.

Written and produced by Bardini who plays every instrument on the release, Aphrodite was recorded at Toyland studios and engineered and co-produced by Adam Calaitzis (who also tracked some synth bass for the song). “This song is themed around temptation and its repercussions,” explains Bardini.  “It is a lesson of knowing your place in someone’s life isn’t as much of a priority as you might wish, but accepting this truth rather than expelling it.”

Directed by Bardini and Ayush Negi, an aspiring filmmaker from India, the video clip was inspired by the lyrics of the song that are centred around references of ancient Greek mythology, ‘sirens’ and ‘Aphrodite’.  Filmed during isolation and drawing on DIY tricks and lessons from films, Negi was able to form an innovative approach to creating the video’s psychedelic, otherworldly, underwater feel.  Bardini insights, “I wanted to create a film clip that immerses the viewer into this world of a goddess being beckoned, almost taking you underwater to Aphrodite’s birthplace.”

The abstract, alt pop artist from Melbourne who is just twenty years old and has put her psychology degree on hold to pursue a career in music, says she is a little daunted to be releasing her debut single out into the world for public opinion, but is “mostly excited to see how people receive the song with fresh ears.” And she wasn’t going to let these strange Covid-19 times put her off. “Music is always around and I look to it in trying times as well as the good times so I didn’t even second guess following through with the single release and dropping the album,” Brigitte explains, “It’s something that I feel not only other people may need, but selfishly I need a purpose now more than ever.”

Aphrodite is out now

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