In today’s personal geography, the Baby Queens step up to answer my questions!
Listen while you read: Baby Queens Soundcloud
Q. Introduce us to your group
Estelle: Hello! Baby Queens is two cousins, Ruth and Monique, two sisters, Cara and Estelle, and our good friend Vanity.
Q. How did you (the group or individual) end up in Cardiff? Are you born local or moved here…
Vanity: Ruth moved from Gloucester, Vanity grew up in the Bahamas and moved to Cardiff as a young girl, Cara and Estelle are from North Wales and Monique hales from Cardiff.
Q. How did you all meet, and how long have you been playing together for?
Estelle: We met through music and we have been playing as a band since September 2012
Q. Explain your sound to us
Cara: Our sound is fusion, in that we fuse so many different genres together to create our sound, we literally take influence from all genres and all true and beautiful musc from the last few decades even reaching back as far as the 1940’s . We all have a very eclectic record collection, from 50’s rock n roll, to experimental 60/70’s bands and artists, we love mowtown, two tone, physc rock, rock n roll, punk rock, roots hiphop and reggae, to contempary hiphop and reggae, soul, jazz, and electronic music wise DnB, House, dubstep the list goes on. We wanted our Sound to represent as much of the music that we love as possible, the music inspired us and the music that drove us to write, and we incorperate these influences into our sound resulting in the “difficult to define” sound that were kinda proud of.
Q. What’s your favourite Cardiff venue? Can be one that doesn’t exist anymore…
Estelle: I used to love The Point but it closed down.
Q. What parts of Cardiff have you lived in so far?
A. Docks, Splott, Canton, Llandoch, town centre
Q. What was the BEST gig / show / rave you’ve ever been to in Cardiff?
Estelle: A SomBom techno night in 2007 where Green Velvet played
Q. What was the last film you watched
Ruth: Marvel – Avengers Assemble
Q. Tell us a secret
Monique: We are always fashionably late for everything!
Q. What’s your favourite place for breakfast in Cardiff?
Ruth: Central Perk off Albany Road
Q. What’s your local pub?
Ruth: Rileys Canton
Q. Tell us a hidden part of Cardiff that you love
Cara: The Wetlands is a little nature reserve alongside the water in the Cardiff Bay area, it’s incredibly beautiful and is a breeding ground for swans and ducks, we go there to watch the sunset and find creativity.
Q. What music are you loving at the moment? Bands, DJs …
Cara: MNEK, Rudimental, Danny Brown, Angel Haze, Royal Blood, The wkend, Frank Ocean, Jamie Woon.
Q. If you had some friends coming to visit for the weekend, where would you take them?
Cara: I would take them to Barry beach, on the quiet side – beautiful views and summer sunsets
Q. If people want to see you live, when’s their next opportunity?
A. We’ll be playing at DimSwn this year, catch us there!
Baby Queens were photographed at rehearsal by Joseph Singh (SnapPopAndRock)