Johannesburg-based South African alt-pop artist Bijou Bijou has recently released her latest captivating single “Voodoo Man” to fully prepare listeners for an incredible summer jam and get them ready for the arguably best season of the year. This single follows her previous offering, “Thing For You,” that garnered tons of attention from the tastemakers. The latest track centers around a mysterious figure while having to navigate temptations and tricks. Tempestuous “Voodoo Man” is based on the popular legends of selling your soul to the devil in order to make your dreams come true when it feels as though you have no other option.
The track alludes to the idea that it can become enticing to make a deal with individuals who ultimately might not have your best interest in mind. Thus, while choosing to take a hold of your own fate might be more intimidating and nerve-wracking at first, having faith that it will all work out in the end and enjoying the journey there is what makes it worthwhile. The alternative/rock infused track pairs catchy bass and rhythmic guitar sounds, creating a captivating essence, somewhat reminiscent of 90’s Morcheeba. Paired with the song’s laidback vibes and sultry vocals, these catchy charms are hard to resist.
In an exclusive interview with Fuzzable, Bijou Bijou opened up about her new single, life as an artist, future plans and much more. Read below to know more about Bijou Bijou.
Hi Bijou Bijou! Welcome to Fuzzable. Where does this interview find you today?
Hi!! At the Airport in Johannesburg, just about to head to a friend’s wedding in Cyprus!
You’ve recently released your new single “Voodoo Man” that follows the previous hit track “Things For You”. What can you tell us about your newest single? What inspired you to write and record this one?
“Voodoo Man” was written in a low I was in. The stresses of doing this whole music dream alone, struggling to get radio play and labels. You hear the saying ” Sold my soul to the devil for fortune and fame” And I sat there thinking… should I sell my soul to make my dreams come true, would it be easier? It ultimately speaks of all those false promises musicians come into by people offering your dream for a price. Saying no to what seems too good to be true and believing in yourself and the process.
How do you think it compares to anything else that you put out? How is this single different from your previous offerings?
It has the same surf pop vibes to it which I love but in a way its more about struggles in the industry and trying to get into it instead of unrequited love and heartbreak.
While I was doing a little research, I found out that your real name is Kirsten Skopelitis. What’s the story? Why did you decide to go by something else in the industry other than your real name?
Lol!!! My name isn’t exactly easy to pronounce or remember. Bijou Bijou came about in a pool bar with a friend and she said “Hey, what about Bijou” and I thought it has a catchy ring to it. ” who’s that single by?” “Oh, Bijou Bijou!”
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? If not a musician, what else you could see yourself doing?
I’ve always wanted to be a musician and perform for sold-out audiences! Music has always been a way to communicate with me and my vulnerabilities and desires. If I wasn’t doing music I’d probably be a graphic designer. I have my degree in it and it’s a good way to keep money coming in whilst making this dream come true. I also teach yoga!
At the end of the day, what do you hope people to take away from your music?
I want people to feel like they’re not alone, that they’re better than the hardships they face and will be okay!
Which artists have continued to inspire you? If given a chance in the future, who would you like to work with?
Halsey is Queen! Lana Del Rey, Billie Holiday. I’d love to do a song with them and Billie Eilish.
In what ways has your personal music taste that you grew up on has inspired your current music style and creativity?
I listened to a variety of music from pop to rock n roll and I think you can hear those influences in my songs.
How have you noticed yourself evolving as an artist since you first started singing and writing songs?
I’ve found myself being more confident in my ability to write and perform and sing. My vocals are grown so much!! It’s pretty cool!
How does it feel to perform your own music before your fans who are supporting you throughout? Where can we catch you performing next?
It’s scary!!! I think as an artist being nervous is good and I’m so grateful for everyone that supports me. Ill probably performing in Berlin, I’ll be moving there with my dog in the next 30-60 days and then hopefully I’ll get to LA, that’s my soul home.
Do you get much time away from work to chill? How do you unwind?
I get a lot of time with my thoughts which is terrifying and great at the same time. I spend my time with my dog and friends. I love being at the beach and in nature.
What’s next in 2019? Are you planning on releasing a full-length album? What are your current projects?
2019 plans are about evolving as an artist and grabbing my dreams. Moving to Berlin until I qualify for an artist visa for the states and then LA! I don’t wait for things to happen, I make them happen. I have 2 singles in production and they’re a bit more on the broken hearted angry side of things with a beautiful melody and accompaniment. As for an album I’m wanting to grow my audience more before releasing a full-length album but I do have tons of ready for an album.
Lastly, what would be your perfect star-studded dinner guest line-up? You’ve got five choices!
“Voodoo Man” was written and performed by Bijou Bijou and produced by Wesley van der Westhuizen. You can find it on Spotify, where it is available worldwide!
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