THE RAD APARTMENT SERIES W/ THE ICONIC BIF NAKED
For most people waking up bright and early on October 4th was just another day in the week. For me, I was anxiously awaiting to interview one of the most hardworking and empowering woman in the music industry. This wasn’t just another name to the resume, she also happens to be someone I heard frequently talked about in the highest regards with my mother…and still to this day. You could say it was a surreal quote on quote “things sometimes come full circle”.
When you hear the name “ Bif Naked” you think of a badass, not giving up, loud and proud singer/songwriter. Though this is all true, I got to see a side of Bif that was just a tad bit different. As I am always looking to spin an interview into viewing the artist’s true character in an abstract way, we still touched on the basics of why Bif chooses to make the mic and music to be her long loving date.
With a successful career like Bif Naked, you always come up against the negatives of diversity and choosing to stand out while even squashing what people believe is ‘different’. “I am really lucky as a woman in the music business” states Bif “I kept persevering through the obstacles in the way for a girl who didn’t fit into the norm. It seemed very daunting. When success came in 1994, when I put out my first record, I couldn’t believe I could accomplish that”
Bif has been an incredible role model to many females out there. Being vulnerable can be extremely tricky especially up against audiences that may not care to listen or accept hard work and hardship. “Listen to other females in the business,” said a confidently spoken Bif. “No matter what genre, it still has this unspoken sisterhood. I was so determined when I was younger to be tough just like the guys and used to take great offense. When you go to another country for example and they haven’t heard of you before, is natural for people to make comparisons especially with singers. The older I got even my opinion and deliver changed and as well not taking things personally. It’s the same in all workforces.”
Bif Naked also touched on how a lot has changed from being in her twenties where there was no “ take back the night” and women’s rights marches. Which leads to me asking what the young Bif Naked would say today “LOUDER!” laughed Bif. “It’s an outspoken, activist mentality that is normalized. Our mothers and aunties can wear vagina hats and march in the streets. Feminism was a dirty word and fell out of fashion. I don’t know why. My 21-year-old self would be for it this time but then I’m like wait… I still am!”
In the hectic world, she lives in of touring and other really, very cool stuff. We out of many people would love to know what keeps her zen that many people may not know. If you like to get a good cook on, you now automatically have something in common with Bif. “I love nothing more than to surprise my friends and making their favorite meals and inversion. No one in my family has never been a vegan/vegetarian so I was alone in the ocean and gently introduce everyone slowly. I enjoy it, its fun”
To those that may say Bif was one in a million or Lady Luck was stuck to her side, she made a valid point of how each humans success can be defined in multiple ways. “I think everyone’s story is exactly the same in regards to perseverance. Even If I wasn’t a singer and was a dishwasher I still would think it’s a success cleaning each dish. I always felt that way” She also mentioned how important it is to recognize how beautiful it is to simply and literally make it through the day without being struck by a vehicle in a busy city or not saying the words of ‘I can’t go on’ is a major milestone.
Speaking of milestones, without any opinions of managers and CEO’s, I was so curious to find out what was the brightest memory Bif will continue to take along with her. Though there are so many, she did pinpoint one that is more than just honorable. “It was the showcase I did before my very first record came out maybe, 1993/1994. I was a solo performer, which I never have done. My manager told me to go out and sing a song called “ Tell On You – Letter To My Rapist” and I said there was no fucking way I could do that. My band were young 22-23-year-old guys who really didn’t want to back me up playing a set like that. I just went out on the stage and sang it acapella. It was like I’m going to take on this huge emotional injury right now. It was really the hardest thing I ever did but I did it! Truly I could go to my grave knowing I did the most frightening thing I ever did my life”
I can’t express how rad it was to speak with Bif and hear the many sides that mak eup who she is. This will be one of the coolest things on my list that I have ever done, not just because I interviewed someone that has popular status but the fact that she was everything I could possibly imagine and so much more. There are very few people like her in the music industry but we are so lucky she is that very few.
Now, more than ever take Bif’s advice and be LOUDER! Our ‘vocal range’ wasn’t meant for us to remain silent.
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