Astrid B Chats With TMI About Her New EP, “Ballads Of A Young Mind”

Hey Astrid B:) So excited to be chatting with you! You just released your new EP, “Ballads Of A Young Mind”! What do you hope your supporters will think of the new music? & What do you hope they’ll get from hearing your new songs?

Hi, I’m excited too! Honestly, I hope to pull on some heart strings. I hope listeners will dive into the emotion of every song and enjoy the journey.

Can you tell us the backstory of the new EP?

I grew up suffering from depression – I’m can handle it now. The songs are stories about how it feels to live with that, how it feels to get out of it and feeling the emptiness of having lost the comfort of the reality I knew. The EP was supposed to be a twelve-song album, but I wasn’t happy with most of the songs. I scrapped those and kept the ones I liked the most.

What does this EP mean to you?

The EP is very personal to me. The songs, the emotion I try to convey and the stories I try to tell are all based on my own experience. I spent a lot of time remembering what it was like going through depression. I often got stuck in those emotions, trying to find the right lyrics. It wasn’t easy. And the EP is a way of sharing my journey.

Can you spill any details on what your supporters can look forward to from you this summer?

Yes, I’m happy to say I’m releasing my next single “Burn” in June. It’s pop with a heavy blues-rock influence and it just puts me in a good mood whenever I play it. I’m very happy to share it soon! In July I’m hoping to get some friends to remix another song I have and release that for the summer.

What’s it feel like to be releasing your own original music?

It feels weird. Every song is like releasing a little part of me into the world, hoping others will like it as much – or feel the same – as I do. On the other hand I’m happy to release those little parts for others to enjoy.

Will there be a music video for any of your new singles? If so, can you tell us about the concept of the video 🙂 

Yes, there will be a video release for “Burn”. Even though I am releasing the song this summer, the video will have to follow whenever the covid-19 regulations allow me to shoot it. The concept is that temptation has a human form and she’s coming for you. It will be dark, mysterious, cool.

Is there anyone you want to thank that’s helped you get to where you are today? 

Yes, my family and friends, my management (Lyne and BSquared MGMT), Roman (my co-producer and guitarist), Andre (my bassist and live sound guy), Tobias (a real boss on the drums) and everyone who listens to music and keeps supporting me.

What do you want your message to be towards your fans? What do you want your fans to take away from your music and shows?

Don’t be afraid of your emotions. It’s good to face them head on at times. Be yourself, life is way more fun that way.

Are you planning any shows to promote your new music?

Right now it’s a bit difficult, given the covid-19 crisis regulations. I’d love to play shows in Belgium and I hope I’ll be able to before the end of the year.

What is it like performing in front of your fans? 

Since this is my first solo project it is nerve wrecking and exhilarating. I can be shy, so putting myself out there is always difficult for me. Luckily I have a great team and band that I can rely on, so that’s a lot of the pressure gone.

What do you want your supporters to know that you think is important?

Be kind, keep trying and work hard.

What’s something your fans don’t know about you?

A lot! I think a big one is that I’m a very easily entertained. It’s really easy to make me laugh.

What do you want your fans to know if they ever see you in public? 

Come talk to me! I don’t bite and I love meeting new people.

Is there anyone in the music business you are dying to meet?

Dave Grohl. No explanation needed.

Why do you think social media is so important for artists like yourself? 

I think the music business is moving towards a DIY way of doing things. Social media is just part of this. Artists have full control over their image and what’s being posted, and it allows for artists to be as close to their fans as they choose to be.  

What would you say is your biggest dream/goal right now?

I want to play shows three or four shows per week and tour with my team before I turn 30.

Any last things you want to tell your supporters?

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m more grateful for the wonderful emotional moments we share than I could possibly express. I hope I you’ll vibe with my future music as much as you do with my first EP.

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview!

Thank you for this opportunity! 

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