EDMBoutique Exclusive Interview: Lady Bee
We recently had the opportunity to chat with the incredible Lady Bee to speak about her career, inspirations, favorite artists, new music and more. Check out what she had to say below!
What inspired the name Lady Bee?
That’s an easy question 😉 My name is Bianca. All my friends and family just shortened it to Bee. “Hey Bee!” And I am also lady. So I put those together and that’s where the name Lady Bee originated. Now 14 years later it stayed around. It has a personal touch!
How long have you been DJing/Producing?
I’m DJing/ Producing for over four years now. Still love it everyday.
You were a MC for 10 years prior to you DJ career. What was that transition like?
After 10 years mc-ing, I got really fed up with it. I was the most booked hypemaker from the Netherlands. For example: I had to host a festival stage for 10 hours and then after that I had to go to 2 more clubs to host again. In the beginning it was all fun and I learned and experienced a lot. But imagine doing this for 10 years every weekend. I had seen it all. My voice couldn’t handle it anymore and it was time for a new challenge. The new challenge was Dj-ing. I already knew how to DJ because I have already learned it back in the days, but now I have to do it for a living. Even though I have to work hard, the transition was pretty smooth because of all my experience and the network that I’ve build during all those years working in the industry. I wasn’t new. I just changed my career path.
What and who are some of your early electronic music inspirations?
Basement Jaxx – 4 my people. When this track was releases back in the days I knew something was changing in the music industry. People started to accept the cross over sounds. It was the beginning of an era where music isn’t defined by genres anymore. For example: Hip-hop got combined with house. The very talented Missy Elliot on a straight beat house track. I love it!!!
What are some of the advantages and disadvantages being in a field that is overwhelmingly dominated by men?
I actually don’t know really. I don’t see it that way. To be honest I think men, like it just to be, no longer dominate the industry. Music is for everybody and a Dj/Producer is a Musician who is known for his/her music, not gender. So why should there be advantages or disadvantages? In my book there is no difference.
Do you believe that being such a multi-talented female, has outweighed the gender factor?
Well thank you 🙂 but like I answered in the previous question I might add: I think there is always space for new talent, doesn’t matter what gender you are. You always have to work hard to achieve your goals.
What inspired your most recent single with Grace Tither ‘Homeless Heart’ out now on Mixmash?
Well, the track was made about 8 months ago during a writer’s camp. Grace Tither, the vocalist on the track, was assigned to work in my team. I was really lucky being able to work with her. She is really talented. Around the time of the camp I was in the middle of a break up. I used that as an inspiration source. During the session I just looped a beat and grace and amber (a other song writer assigned to this team) started to write. Homeless heart was the result and it expresses exactly how I felt at the moment.
You have releases on most major label in electronic music. What production means the most to you and why?
The release that means the most to me is at this point my latest release, Homeless Heart. When we made this track I was in an emotional rollercoaster. The track perfectly captured that feeling; therefor it became one of my personal favorite tracks. It reminds me of how I got thru that period and became a better and stronger person.
How did the collaboration with Rocky Wellstack come about and what can people expect from the Box Dem EP?
Rocky is a good friend of mine and he is very talented. When we decided to collaborate we would often send each other some set ups of tracks, but we were never able to finish one. Until now! Because during every studio session we started on new projects instead of working on previous ones. Among other things Box Dem and Droppin All These Dollaz were created this way.
What are your favorite song(s) at the moment?
Shakka – Say Nada. I have this song on repeat everyday. I would love to collaborate with him on one of my tracks.
What other artists are inspiring you right now.
Mura Masa is a huge inspiration for me because he puts multiple genres in one song. Very electronic but super musical. The lyrics of the vocal is also always a good addition to the song. All his latest releases were spot on, very inspiring!
If you could collab with any artist who would it be?
It depends on which track, but I definitely would love to work with Missy Elliot. She is such an inspiration for me during the years. Another artist that is on my collab bucket list is Adele. Her voice is just incredible! Imagine Adele’s voice on one of my trap songs, wauw. Working with either of them would be a dream come true.
What can we expect from Lady Bee for the rest of 2016?
I just finished my European tour. That is a 7-week tour with shows everyday and everyday in a different venue or country. 47 flights and 55 shows in 7 weeks time! This year it’s already been one hell of a ride, in a good way. For the rest of 2016 you can expect a lot more releases and collabs. In October I have my own ADE-special on Thursday the 20th. I have loads of exciting shows coming up. Just follow me on my social media channels for all the new things happening around Lady Bee. We are thinking big!!
Besides music what are some of you passions and interests?
Food!!! Hahaha I’m Indonesian, so food is very important to me. I love to cook and try out new things. But during the summer tour I can’t cook so often, I’m always on the road or flying to shows.
If you could plan you own festival who would be your top 5 headliners?
I’m going to name my festival : FCK GENRES
4. Mura Masa
5. Ape Drums