Slowly finding her way through the musical scene, The Bobo can already boast a string of releases behind her, including two EPs, attracting the attention of prestigious industry figures, the likes of BBC Music Introducing (making it into the Hot List). We at YMX had the pleasure of catching her live performance back in October, at our Silent Concerts, falling mesmerised by her vibe and tone. Returning last week with the highly experimental single ‘Enough’, the Oxford-based songstress reaches for higher skies, breaking the barrier between art-pop and leftfield electronica. Written and produced in 24 hours, as a personal challenge, ‘Enough’ is a track you should, and will, listen to. Intrigued by The Bobo’s creative force, we sat down with her to find out more about her artistry. Here’s what we found out.
YMX: Hey The Bobo, how is it going? some of our readers might not be familiar with your project, how would describe yourself, in a few words?
TB: I’m a singer based in Oxford. I mostly experiment with electronic music (or just music in general)
YMX: Your current work is the result of a long journey; What first drew you to making music?
TB: I would always listen to tons of music with my dad when I was little and he also introduced me to film music so when I was 8 I wanted to make music like Hans Zimmer. Later I got more into indie music and Daughter became my main inspiration.
YMX: What would be your dream collaboration?
TB: Definitely Daughter, Tom Mish, Arlo Parks, Still Corners or Dayglow. I have a lot these.
YMX: You recently released an experimental-driven new single, ‘Enough’. Can you tell us how that project came about?
TB: Enough was a song that came from a very personal place. I set myself a goal of writing and producing a song within 24 hours so I just kept putting sounds together until I was happy with it. I guess I was quite lucky as the vocal melody came to me quite quickly. So yes, it is quite an emotional song to me, and I consider it a tribute to my dad, in a way.
YMX: What inspires your songwriting work?
TB: Just everyday feelings, struggles, love, doubts and all the little deep thoughts that sometimes pop into my head.
YMX: We are all missing live music at the moment. Once on the other side, which music venue would you choose for your first gig?
TB: I’d love to play again in Oxford. My last gig before the pandemic was in a pub called The Library and it was so fun. So I would love to go back there.
YMX: What’s your band strategy in terms of music promotion? Direct-2-fans or via the “big dogs”?
TB: I use some websites that you can send your songs through to the blogs and I just write tons of emails. The amazing BBC Music Introducing in Oxfordshire is also always a great way to get your music heard.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?
TB: I am currently working on my 3rd EP and doing a little bit of composing. So soon there should be some new stuff coming out, including one last single before the EP release!