It's a family affair
Baz is the voice of what's now being called 'undersoul', slightly more intelligent out and out pop music with a splashing of sweet harmony and urban sensibilities. Outside Leicester's Demontfort Hall Nick James (venerable editor of Atomicduster no less!) and I look around anxiously after an hour and wonder if Baz will have the time to talk to us, as members of her band start to look sheepish... (Sound check is in half an hour and she is stuck on the M1).
Signed to One Little Indian records (home of Bjork) she is on tour supporting Sophie Ellis Bexter. We start to ask her management on the phone what's happening and her guitarist edges towards us wanting to know himself, a nervous looking Italian by the name of Roberto Bugiolacchi maybe he can provide us with some juicy gossip about the next British Diva...because there is more to this guy than meets the eye.
Yes, I have been friends with Baz for a number of years now and
during one of the writing sessions I came up with the acoustic guitar
riff that characterises the song....dum dum da da da da dum dum... Baz
was making up melodies daga daga daga daga...and by the end if the session
the song was written. After that about 25 versions of the song were
mixed to cater for various markets within pop, dance, garage etc.. it's
usual, as a writer or a session musician you sign your rights over to
the company and they go with the version they want. All the words are
written by Baz, she is very much the driving force.
after talking to the charming Roberto he ushers us outside to a beat
up white van and inside we meet BAZ herself wearing a furry coat topped
by her defining blonde hair. The roof is leaking and the floor damp
but she shows no signs of Diva tantrums that solo singers seem to specialize
in. On the contrary BAZ is very upbeat and totally focused on her mission.
Lines of people are queing up alongside the vehicle, not realising that
they are right next to one of tonights stars....
Yeah, Everytime the cameras snapped his wings were everywhere, I had
stood there for 3 hours with Ringo the falcon, it' s the real deal!
The trainer would feed him every minute so he wouldn't gore me!.
Coming from a musical family (Sister of Monie Love and DJ Dave Angel
as a brother, not to mention Rollo of Faithless as your cousin and the
influence of your father). Was a career in music always mapped out?
It wasn't mapped out for me by my family but it was mapped out in my
What else would you have been other than a musician?
If I wasn't a musician I think I would have headed for athletics. Cross
country! However I've got a thing about bad weather and this country...is
Roberto was telling us you've played around Europe already and that
a trip to America may be on the cards?
That's an exiting prospect. I don't know when but hopefully very soon...I'll
be going to Australia first where 'Believers'is going to be released.
Your sister has been successful, your brother and obviously your father...before
you "happened". Did you ever think you would make it this
I perseverved without stopping. 'Believers' says it all..."Smile
to Shine". Emotions are a big part of my songs, needing love. I
knew I would've done it. You just know when it's your destiny. It has
taken me 8 years to be here and if I thought back to when I started
wanting to be a singer I would've said "Yeah it will take a year
maybe two" If I'd have known that it would take 8 years then perhaps
I wouldn't have tried. No matter what knock backs I got I just got stronger
and more determined thats how I carried on. I did it on my own.
What was the first big break for you?
Meeting my manager. I had been recording tracks at friends studios and
this guy called one day and wanted to hire my brother and didn't have
his number. He was a good friend of my cousin so we talked a while and
I said "By the way I'm a singer/songwriter, I'm looking for good
management." He was taken aback and decided that we should meet
for a chat and we soon developed a good relationship, he heard my tracks
and shook his head saying... "This is just a shame...people should
be hearing this...it's fantastic!" Then followed a showcase gig
where I would sing over a DJ playing my backing track (I didn't have
a band back then!) of course it went wrong and the backing track messed
up...so I bit the bullet and sung accapella to a great response. After
that my manager was convinced I had what it took. I guess it runs in
Do you think that you are carrying the torch for your father?
Baz: Yes definetely, Baz is my dads name (short for Basil). My real name is Rossanna, but there's already a singer of that name!
With two singles under her belt already, a UK tour supporting the Daughter of a former Blue Peter presenter, as well as her family ties, Baz looks set to make a stir. But with an obvious 'sted fast' personality such as hers, who'd be suprised. A musician and songwriter who surrounds herself with others of a similar ilk, an evening spent in the company of this new 'under-soul' is one that we certainly can't fault.
Interview; Na'im Cortazzi and Nick James.
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