Vivie-Ann of BLOND:ISH chats Coachella, her new solo career and sustainable raving

Katie Harriman, of Harness, had the amazing opportunity to interview Vivie-Ann Bakos of Blond:ish on Coachella, her solo career and remarkable venture on improving the planet.

Read the inspiring transcript of their interview:

Katie: So we’re with Harness Magazine, a feminine-faced community focused on mental health and authentic stories with women. So we heard that you don’t like being referred to as a female DJ?

Vivie-Ann Bakos: I think … it’s about how do you feel about being a woman DJ in the industry. What hardships have you faced…not so much as a female DJ. I just think in interviews you get that question a lot. So what are the hardships you’ve faced being a woman? I don’t have any hardships, it’s actually great.

So basically, whenever I come in to contact with an ego, whether it’s male or female, but most of the time it is male in our industry, it’s like a video game, you kind of…go the other way, I’ll try another route. And then you just keep hammering at it, and eventually all of those kind of ego doors go down because those egos can’t do anything anymore because your true passion for music is your power. And it’s stronger than any ego.

Katie: There you go, the music speaks for itself a little bit, right?

Vivie-Ann Bakos:  Yeah, and intention and heart and all of that together is very powerful.

Katie: Very good, so you were a duo. Blondish was a duo? And now you are a solo act?

Vivie-Ann Bakos: Yeah.

Katie: Is this your first tour as a solo artist?

Vivie-Ann Bakos:  No, I’ve been touring since, but this is the first U.S. tour since, for sure.

Katie: Okay. Can you speak to what the shift has been like, or why you became a solo artist?

Vivie-Ann Bakos: [laughs] You want to get in there, huh?

Katie: I have to ask.

Vivie-Ann Bakos:  I think change and evolution is inevitable, and it’s how you choose to deal with it. The process that Anstascia and I went through, it was definitely a roller coaster, but it was a nice process. It was a journey; we learned so much. At least I can say that I learned so much, and I am so grateful for that experience. I’m grateful for the 10 years that we worked together as well. And change doesn’t have to be a bad thing. We can evolve in our own ways, and we should support that. But ultimately, that’s what happened. You start asking yourself questions throughout the process: Am I free, am I happy? And that’s how the whole process started, and then we had a dialogue. And then it went to another step.

Vivie-Ann Bakos:  It was a beautiful process.

Katie: Very nice. So what is the difference? What can your fans expect differently now that you’re solo act?

Vivie-Ann Bakos:  I mean, I don’t know what to expect, because I am just learning myself, you know? For 10 years I was DJing with someone else… I’m exploring myself now and I’m exploring it with my community, fans and friends. I’m more engaging with them because now I don’t have to think about what I post… because I can just do whatever I want. I’m free to engage how I want with everyone…. It’s amazing for creativity because I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m becoming more of a kid, more like a kid, I noticed that. I’m working on some cartoons and stuff.

Katie:  Very cool.

Vivie-Ann Bakos:  I’m very spiritual, whatever that means. I feel something and I work on myself a lot. That’s what I mean by “I’m very spiritual.” We don’t have to put a name on it, but that gets judged right away, so I’m trying to portray it, it’s in all of us. I’m going to try to portray it more like a cartoon vibe, so it’s like a story. So even kids can read about it, and learn from that young age. Because they’re on a different level than we are. So I’m trying to connect everything.

Katie:  Very cool.

Vivie-Ann Bakos: Yeah.

Katie:  So you’re on a new path sort of with yourself.

Vivie-Ann Bakos:  100,000 percent.

Vivie-Ann Bakos:  It’s really exciting, everything that’s going on, because we’re in a really nice time in evolution. We’re in a pinnacle moment of alive or not alive and we get to see it.

Katie:  Very cool.

Katie: Can you tell me a little bit about your initiative, Bye Bye Plastic?

Vivie-Ann Bakos: Yeah sure. I have all this spare time [laughs], so I decided to start another project (Bye Bye Plastic). Basically, I just want to get rid of single-use plastics in the music industry, the clubbing scene. So it’s a really easy job, it just happens overnight, you know [laughs]. I have a team of people, amazing women. It’s all girls right now. But the first step is that I’m going to get them doing a campaign to get all the DJs collectively. I’m talking to all the managers, all the agents who have a bunch of DJs. So we all change our riders to become single-use plastic free in the DJ booth. Which is not a big deal, but it is a big deal because it’s a collective step towards change. And it’s a small actionable event, and that’s the only thing that we can do these days because everyone’s so busy. So they have to be small actionable events.

We’re all going to change our riders, so we’ll have that and hopefully that influence from the DJ’s will invite the venues to also change their ways and to become single use plastic free. And if they want to, they can call the Bye Bye Plastic hotline. It’s a free service where we give them solutions and if they want to go really deep on the whole consulting then they can pay something for it. There’s different levels of people, they’re doing it just for marketing. They’re doing it because there’s pressure, and then there’s people that really want to change. Like the Earth-lovers – like us. So there’s different tiers, but it’s all okay because we’re moving towards change.

So yeah, that’s kind of what Bye Bye Plastic is about. We just bring plastic alternative solutions to the clubbing industry.

Katie:  So what sparked that within you to really be passionate about that…Making that change because you do play these festivals where you see a whole lot of single use plastic?

Vivie-Ann Bakos:  Do you know Warung Club in Brazil? It’s the most influential, the most amazing club to play at in South America. It’s amazing because you play in this really long room. At the end of the room is an open roof, and when the sun rises over the cliff, that kind of connection that you have with the music and that sunrise, you don’t get that anywhere. So when I saw that sunrise …. and then all the ravers dissipate… and then…a mountain of plastic bottles. It was like … a juxtaposition … and I was like f*ck.

Katie: Okay, well going forward, is there anything else that you would like to talk about that I haven’t asked you about? Or that you would want your fans to know about what’s going on with you? Anything that you just want to put out there that we haven’t had a chance to speak on?

Vivie-Ann Bakos:  No, just let’s evolve together. That’s all I’ve got to say, let’s keep working on ourselves so we can keep raving until we’re 80 years old.

Katie:  Yes, sustainable raving.

Vivie-Ann Bakos:  Sustainable raving.


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