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Last year, Beabadoobee was surprised anyone knew her in the U.S. — now she’s playing Coachella – Daily Bulletin

When Beaadobee opened her US tour in Washington DC five months ago, the Filipino-British singer-songwriter was not only surprised by how many fans on the show knew the words of her songs.

She was also somewhat surprised that they were there at all.

“I remember going out on stage like, ‘I thought no one would come,'” said the 21-year-old, whose name is Beatrice Kristi Laus, although most people just call her Bea. “As if I did not realize that people knew who I was here.”

They learn quickly.

After playing festival Head In The Clouds in Pasadena in November, and a pair of shows at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles a few weeks later, Beabadoobee returns to Southern California this month with an even higher profile.

She is in the lineup on Sunday for both sales weekends Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indioand also has solo performances at Glass House in Pomona on April 25 and Humphrey’s by the Bay in San Diego on April 26.

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It’s a new experience, however, to travel to the United States and discover how widespread her music has been in just four years since she wrote her first song, “Coffee,” in her home bedroom in London.

Her original version has been streamed 94 million times on Spotify, which seems like a lot until you learn that a re-interpreted version by rapper Powfu, in which she is a featured artist, has been streamed 1.2 billion times with ab.

“Listening to people sing back to the other side of the world is like crazy for anyone, if you were that ‘coffee’ girl in high school, do you know what I mean? says Bea. “It’s just wild. It feels very rewarding, and especially after COVID, it feels like everything is really, really fun and exciting. ”

Songs from the bedroom

If Beabadoobee had not been expelled from school a year ago, she could have been a preschool teacher instead of a rising pop star today.

“I was given a second-hand acoustic guitar by my father when I left school,” says Bea. “I think he noticed that I was very sad and had nothing to do. I wrote music mostly as a hobby. I really want to still be a kindergarten teacher.

“It has always been a dream of mine,” she says. “I saw music as a side entertainment,” he said. And it’s still a super fun thing, but not like my life. Which is crazy. “

The situation at the Catholic girls’ school she attended was “a complicated situation,” Bea says.

“I was not necessarily a very good student, but I did not get bad enough grades or I did not behave badly enough to be expelled,” she says. “It was strange because they expelled all the girls who behaved badly and did not get the best grades, but also the poor ones, who did not have as much money as the other girls.

“It was very, very suspicious,” Bea says, adding that when the school was threatened with a lawsuit, she reinstated all the girls, though by then she had already found another place to finish her final year.

At the time, however, she was already deep in making music. But she never expected anyone outside the family and friends to find and hear “Coffee”, her first single ever.

“It was definitely overwhelming,” Bea says of the moment she realized the song was bigger than she had dreamed. “I will not hide the fact that I was terrified, especially of someone who just wanted to become a kindergarten teacher.

“I started noticing when I posted ‘Coffee’ and I was still in school,” she says. “I got a lot of comments on my Instagram saying, ‘You’re that’ coffee ‘girl!” And I said, ‘I’ve never worked in a cafe in my life. I do not know what they are talking about. ‘

“Then I said, ‘Oh shit, this is my song.’

The accidental nature of her career is also responsible for the cheeky nature of her name. When a friend told her she needed a name to post “Coffee”, she accidentally chose her name Finsta – her secret Instagram account – and called herself Beabadobee.

“It was called Beabadoobee because I thought it looked ridiculous, like a Minion in acid,” Bea says. “I was like, it’s just ridiculous, and no one will listen to my music anyway.

“But yes, now I’m stuck with it forever,” she says with a laugh. “But it’s okay.”

Early inspiration

When Bea started making her own music as a teenager, she had a breadth of musical knowledge that allowed her to explore sounds and songs much older than she was.

“I think I was always a music lover when I was a kid and grew up,” Bea says. “I went through many stages and I had, you know, the classic emo stage. Then, around my debut album, I started getting a lot of electric guitars and really got into it sidewalk and how, Sonic youth and Veruca Salt and all these crazy groups, ”she says. “And I almost kept myself in that bubble.

“Everyone tied me up like a grunge girl from the ’90s, whom I love. And I never look back on (the debut album) ‘Fake It Flowers’ and I’m scared. “

Her boyfriend’s brother introduced her to bands like Pavement, whose music inspired her to write the song “I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus” for the band leader. Watch videos of group performances such as Sonic youth, Yes Yes YesAND My bloody Valentine added to her musical vocabulary as well.

“It was not a specific thing where I would take a Sonic Youth song and say, ‘Right, this song is going to be like this,'” says Bea. “Because it was in my world, it almost got into my music without me realizing it.

“It happens subconsciously, where it’s like, ‘Oh, this guitar tone sounds like My Bloody Valentine guitar,’ but I did not do it on purpose,” she says. “I like the sound, and then sometimes I said, ‘Oh, (shoot), it’s very similar, I have to change it.’

Welcome to ‘Beatopia’

A second full album, “Beatopia”, arrives in July, though its roots go back to her childhood.

“Beatopia has always existed,” says Bea. “It was a world I created when I was 7 years old. “There were a lot of things going on at home, so my friends and I created these fictional worlds.”

Friends lost interest quickly, but Bea was all inside.

“I made this massive poster,” she says. “Created the names of cities and towns, even the alphabet. I just got obsessed with the idea of ​​Beatopia.

“And I left this poster in my classroom when I had to go to my violin lesson and when I came back, the whole class was looking at me,” says Bea. “I was like, ‘Why is everyone looking at me?’

“The teacher, who smelled cigarettes and was totally weird, said, ‘Do you have anything to tell us?’ I was like, “What?” He was like, ‘Beatopia?’ He had pasted the poster on the whiteboard so that everyone could look at it and everyone started laughing at me. “

She removed Beatopia and “erased my memory, erased it from my mind,” says Bea. “I did not think about Beatopia anymore. Until closing, and then I said, “Yes, the next record will be called ‘Beatopia.’

Her first song, “Talk,” is what Bea sees as “a sister to” Fake It Flowers, “a catchy rock song in much the same way as her debut album. But from there, the new record goes to different directions, she says.

“I had a lot more influences on this album,” Bea says. “Like Broken Social Scene, like Stereolab, Chemical Brothers and this wonderful artist named Stina Nordenstam, who is a Swedish artist.

“I think the main misconception people will probably have after hearing ‘Talk’ is that this is going to be a rock record,” she says. “Which, of course, rock recordings are great, but I really do not want to limit myself to any genre.”

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