16th May 2022
In February, I reviewed Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum. Their intro act was Beija Flo. When I got the chance to interview her later on, I couldn’t have been more excited at the opportunity. I enjoyed her style and references to Liverpool, so I asked her a bit about her career.
Expression. I use music, art and performance as a way of unpacking emotions and experiences. Art is a fantastic vessel to explore challenging feelings and situations. It’s a healthy punching bag.
I listen to lots of different artists. It’s rare that my attention is caught for more than a handful of songs per artist, but when it does I suppose I fall in love. I’ve always been a huge fan of Rufus Wainwright, he’s a great example of an artist who wears his heart on his sleeve. I also love Vivian Stanshall, Fiona Apple, Tom Waits, Lloyd Cole, Karl Blau, The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band – to name a few.
Waiting For The Sun is about lots of things, loss and hope mostly. Finding out that I had MRKH Syndrome at such a young brought a lot of grieving. Particularly at the time I wrote it, I had a lot going on. Lots of heartbreaks and losses of all kinds.
The sea. The accent. The giants. Allen Ginsberg is right, it really is the centre of the universe.
I’m legally obliged to say the Future is Birkenhead… but I don’t know really, I really don’t care. I love Liverpool. I love London, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds. Art is special and art is everywhere.
Can I say me? No, ok. I’m big into surrounding myself with talented people and I’m very lucky to have some very talented friends. Louie Miles, Astles, Gadzooks, Opus Kink. Mickey Callisto!
Plough on. Make sacrifices. Eat veg. Do favours for favours. Be open to advice, but don’t take it as gospel. Follow your instincts. Always find out the names of the sound person and the bar staff. Don’t just be nice, be incredibly nice – no matter what. Make alliances. Share other people’s work. Find time for baths. Go to your mates gigs. Go to strangers gigs. Don’t compete with others. Above all, try to keep on top of your washing.
That’s a difficult question really. I’m definitely not one genre, but I also don’t think what I do is just music either. I’m not sure what I am but I enjoy it. I do it because I have to. I don’t really care what other people think of that.
Music and creating has always been a huge part of healing for me. The Nudes exhibition was about a lot of things. It was a time capsule about body image, heartache, mental health, sex, loneliness, abuse, loss and friendship at a specific time. I suppose those are things that come up a lot in my songwriting. I don’t really write songs when I’m happy because I’m off being happy.
You can catch Beija Flo over the water in Birkenhead at Future Yard on April 22nd.
Cover Image provided by Thom Williams at Sonic PR.