Five Questions With Missy Bauman

Toronto, ON’s own Missy Bauman will release her new album, Sweet on April 17, 2020. Ahead of the release, she has unveiled a brand new single, “H.I.M.”.

“H.I.M. is actually an acronym for ‘harmless indian medicine’, a nickname for Kratom. I stumbled upon this person with a comically huge water bottle full of it, and we passed it back and forth as we got to know each other. It was a really special night, through and through, with someone I really connected with. It all felt right. I drink Kratom all the time to alleviate some of my anxiety. It helps me release the tension in my shoulders, my legs, my breathing. And sometimes I wonder if, that intense feeling of calmness; of rightness, was because we were meant to find each other, or if we had just consumed a little too much. It was a mystery to me then, and I thought it always would be.”

Check out the single below and find out more about Missy via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Just your local dork.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style. 

I’ve been writing for over a decade now as a singer-songwriter. I don’t identify with the ‘storyteller’ trope – I find music to be more of an expression of love and excitement. A lot of the times I feel like the songs are always passing through me, like sparkly ghosts. And it’s my job to grab them and share them with the world.

Other than that – it’s all very folk-y stuff. I almost always write with my acoustic; sometimes at my piano. I coined it as ‘dreamy drug folk’ a few years back –

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

I have a handful of shows coming up – my CD release show is April 16th at the Burdock in Toronto, and then I head out west for the VIA Artists on Board program. Anyone hoping to see me perform live can check out dates on my website.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Two Sisters. It’s on the upcoming album and will be out officially on April 17th. It was a really tough song to write and share, and I’m proud of it.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Oh man, I have an endless list. My all-time favourite band is Said the Whale. I love Mother Mother, Dan Mangan, Joni Mitchell, Andy Shauf… I could go on for days. And of course all the amazingly talented friends I’ve made along the way (too many to count!).

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