A certified Thrillcall favorite over the past couple years has been BAIO, a groovy beat maker with the best tail feather shake in the biz. He came to fame as the bassist in Brooklyn-based indie rock powerhouse Vampire Weekend, but has made a name for himself with his solo electronica project. Now you can win tickets to see him perform at Doug Fir on November 23rd!
Sign up and download the Thrillcall app for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show. You may need to set your location to find the contest in the app, then follow the on-screen prompts. Then polish your dancing shoes, because the grooves won’t stop with BAIO at the turntables!
Read an interview we did with BAIO last year before his debut record release below. Enter to win tickets today!
Thrillcall: Your latest LP, The Names, is named after a Don Delillo novel. Do you read frequently? Who are your go-to authors while you’re on tour?
BAIO: Yes, I read quite a bit! Authors really depend on what I’m in the mood for… I’ve definitely read more Don Delillo novels than any other writer. Right now I’m reading One of Us by Asne Seierstad, which is absolutely incredible and the best book I’ve read in a long time. It kicks my ass every time I pick it up.
B: My biggest dance inspiration is the beat! I’m not that afraid of embarrassing myself at this point and I find that moving around like a fool is a lot more fun than standing still. I was absolutely thinking of the “Lotus Flower” video when we made the “Sister of Pearl” video, you’re the first person to catch that!
T: What is your favorite aspect of performing live versus recording in a studio?
B: There’s something wonderful about sharing the moment with other people. I love working on music in the studio but it sometimes feel weirdly abstract. Playing for people feels realer, in a way. It’s also a lot louder, which is dope!
T: You told Pitchfork that you began creating The Names in earnest when you moved to London in 2013, which is around the same time Modern Vampires of the City came out. What were you hoping to achieve in this record that you couldn’t do with VW?
B: I was hoping to be able to express myself as a songwriter. I hadn’t written a song with lyrics in over ten years at that point and it was something I needed to do. I’m psyched with how it came out!
T: Your Wikipedia page quotes this tweet: “Baio: The Sweatiest Guy in the Room.” Would you ever consider covering the Flight of the Conchords song, “Most Beautiful Girl in the Room,” but make it about you and your perspiration?
B: Singing a love song about sweat to myself? It’s a weird idea, but it’s the sort of weird idea I can get down with!