Baiba Dekena

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 

Baiba Dekena is a 28 years young musician from Latvia, currently living in Innsbruck, Austria.

She grew up at her parents farm in a small village in Latvia, a humble and natural environment where she learned to appreciate the beauty of simplicity, which would later influence her music a lot.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills. 

Her first steps in music started with children’s music school – she learned to play piano, guitar and accordion. After high school she started performing at various folk festivals and music clubs around  the country and did several collaborations with well known local bands, as well as started to perform her music together with a cello played. By that time their style could be mostly described as folk, with Baibas low vocals, guitar arrangements and Latvian lyrics.

Meanwhile, Baiba has earned her degree in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Liepaja and her short stories and poems have been published in different literature magazines. After finishing studies, Baiba moved to Austria in 2015 and started working for open cultural space in Innsbruck – “Die Bäckerei – Kulturbackstube” .

Baiba soon made a name for herself in the local music scene and started collaborating with Austrian musicians in 2015. She teamed up with producer Christoph Holzknecht, with whom she started recording her new song material. Christoph Holzknecht is coming from Tirol, Austria and mostly in his career has been doing electronic music. It was intriguing for both of them to see what the mix of folk pop and electronic music could bring.

After two years of writing, arranging and recording, Baiba Dekena now is releasing her debut album „These Storms“, which is produced by Christoph Holzknecht and has 10 songs in it – part in English, part in Latvian.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

The music Baiba Dēķena has been doing now could be described as a little mellow and melancholic electro pop. Their concert program and album“These Storms” is a modern mix of folk motives and pop, with arrangements of electro pop, and a touch of darker ambience. Some songs are sung in Latvian and include the topics of loving memory and longing (Māte mani auklējusi) as well as inevitable change (Putni prom) and solace (Mums vienmēr silti). All of the songs show a very sensitive yet mature lyrical persona with her triels. However, “These Storms” are the storms that arrive after a drought – despite some darker clouds, they bring rain and fresh air.

“Touch You Right” is the third single of the album and describes the never-ending yearning to belong and find home. These kind of nostalgic textures goes through the whole album. The story of the music video is actually interesting, as the video was not made for this song specifically, but Baiba saw the footage online by accident and though, that the song and the video were somehow made for each other.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 

The biggest Struggle for Baiba at the moment is balancing two sides of her life and music – being a Latvian folk musician, which grew up in an isolated, rural environment and combining it together with playing electronic pop music in English and living in the city. This balance fight is often captured also in the song lyrics.

The music business has been always hard, especially because there are so many talented musicians out there, which is a huge inspiration and motivation, but also makes it hard to book concerts or even get radio play, as the competition is rather high.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 

The first solo concerts and recordings started at age of 20, but just for the last 3 years, Baiba Dēķena and Christoph Holzknecht started to work on the material more professionally, starting to perform on big club stages, challenging themselves, experimenting and trying to find their sounds, which makes the music unique.

At the moment the debut album is out and the future plan is to perform regularly on stages and festivals around Europe. It is always a special joy to share the stage with other people, therefore Baiba would like to collaborate with other artists as well. More and more.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

Every little pleasure and sadness of life. Treasuring these ups and down and remember them forever by putting them in the song. Also the bound you can create with the audience while performing. After a great gig, when you feel that you had a lot to give, it always comes back and it is a fantastic feeling to move people. Whether they are excited and happy, or a little nostalgic and melancholic. In best scenario all together.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 
I do believe that less is more. By creating simple and honest patterns with beautiful, but simple ideas behind, it could be possible to create a hit song.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 

Thank you for always supporting me. There has been so many times, when we get tired, as it is not an easy path, but your kind words, support and love always prove me, that I want to create together with people and move them! 🙂

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

Give yourself time and don’t be too harsh on yourself. It is always hard to start and it actually takes years to create your own sound, establish your fan base, create a good network with promoters and venues. Just be honest, genuine and keep on moving forward! 🙂

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 

At the moment we have released 3 singles, our debut album “These Storms”, played various festivals and stages around Latvia, Austria, Italy, Germany and other European countries, as well as made several tours.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

Our second single “Light Inside” was a song of the week by one of the most famous Latvian radio stations “Latvian Radio 5”, all the singles has been in rotation in Latvian and European radio stations, as well as covered in Latvian media blogs.

Especially dear for me is the review Canadian blog “Revue” wrote about “Light Inside”.

I would dearly like to thank all the blogs, who has written about us and all the radios, who has played us! Because being a young musician in the scene is not so easy, specially when most of the media prefers to cover already established artists!

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

Usually I start by writing chords on piano or guitar. As I am already in a certain mood, when I have done that, lyrics comes in quite naturally. At least parts of the lyrics or the message and feeling I want to give with them. And then from there I am working on lyrics. After that I show it to my producer Christoph, who then gives me an honest feedback and we fix it up together, practice, experiment and try to actually create a song. When that is done, the song is going to Christoph’s studio to get recorded.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Florence and the Machine

Lianne Le Havas

Jeff Buckley

Nick Cave

ZEMFIRA

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 
I would definitely love to collaborate with Florence and the Machine as her unique presence and music has inspired me a lot. But I also love to collaborate with local musician from Austria or Latvia. It is a beautiful process of learning from each other and motivating each other.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 

http://baibadekena.com/

https://www.facebook.com/baibadekenamusic/

https://www.instagram.com/baiba_dekena/

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music. 

http://superplusshop.com/baiba-dekena-these-storms-album/

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

I think there are some things, which are better left private, but there are definitely couple of songs I have written, which describes these days!

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

Probably the half I would give to charity and my family, the other half would spend on buying candy.

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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