“Weird, confusing, but a lot of fun,” says Beabadoobee (aka Beatrice “Bea” Laus) over the past eighteen months. As the rest of us adjusted to the confined life, the 21-year-old was busy becoming the voice of Generation Z. See (or rather listen to) “Café”, “Cologne”, “Last Day On Earth ”and“ Animal Sounds. ”With her raw and intimate reinterpretation of ’90s rock, it’s easy to see why she is hailed as a true rock star by everyone from NME To Vulture.
It might seem like success came overnight for the Filipino-British singer-songwriter, but in reality, it started when she was 17. After posting a song online that she wanted her friends to hear, she quickly found herself in the eye of a social storm. : a viral song (49 million plays on Spotify and more), a recording contract, a worldwide success and a corresponding tour. “It was weird because I don’t know how it went,” she told me on Zoom, “but it’s really fun. Even though it can be difficult at times, I feel better when I’m on. scene.
Her latest project puts her on another stage, as one of the faces of Pandora’s new ME collection, alongside Charli XCX and Addison Rae. “I used to go to Brent Cross [Shopping Centre] a lot when I was a kid, and there was a Pandora there, ”she recalls her earliest memories of the Danish jewelry brand. “It was right in front of the toy store I went to and my mom always went to Pandora.”
All (or almost) adults now, Laus is clearly teaming up with Pandora, not least because the collection – chock-full of chunky channels and cool clips – is all about self-expression, which is key to making it happen. ‘artist.
“I’m very myself and have nothing to hide,” she says of her style. “And that also relates to the clothes I wear, my hair and my makeup. Fashion is so important when I’m trying to convey how I want people to know me. (It’s not without reason that ‘she is the subject of online tutorials devoted to copying her makeup and look.)
But it is this ambition – to be seen and to show others that they are not alone – that is the driving force behind his songs, and arguably his success. “There are a lot of things I have to write about to feel good about myself, and that’s usually what I write about,” she explains. Referring to everything from relationships (past and present), mental health, addiction and the immense toll of expectations, Laus hopes his experience and work can help others. “You experience enough of being a girl in this society, especially growing up as a POC, going through high school, growing up and learning. I hope I helped people through difficult times and made them feel better with my music.
Learn more about Beabadoobee in his Bustle Booth quiz, below.
In the stirring booth
What’s your coffee order?
In fact, I don’t drink coffee. The funny thing is that one of my well known songs is about that, but it’s written about my boyfriend.
What weather locations are saved on your phone?
New York, LA, Paris, Iloilo City, Tokyo and Amsterdam.
What’s your sign?
I am Gemini!
Favorite overused movie quote?
“Don’t do anything stupid.”
What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
What movie or TV series are you currently obsessing about?
People don’t do anything.
Who is your celebrity idol?
If you were to be on a reality TV show, what would it be?
Island of love would be very weird!
Favorite karaoke song?
“Ironic” by Alanis Morissette.
What has inspired you lately?
Turning around and seeing people together in rooms, things seem a little more normal. Also, do another album with my guitarist Jacob 🙂
What would you like people to say about you?
That I inspired them to do what they wanted to do.