WildSpotlight: 'Bad Gyal' by Bush Tea

1 Comment

WildSpotlight: 'Bad Gyal' by Bush Tea

'Bad Gyal' is a bumpin' Summer anthem to say the least. And its video: the freshest the season has to offer. 

Bush Tea, its creator, has the ability to energize and inspire your most vibrant self. In this video for her latest release, we are taken on a journey under the hot sun and into the humid night of the Virgin Islands.

WARNING: You will want to dance. You will want to get wet.  And of course, you will immediately want to unleash your inner 'bad gyal'. 

Watch for yourself, and read about the inspiration behind the video from the one and only Bush Tea: 

What is your background as an artist? 

I never studied music with the exception of listening to it religiously. The songs and the sounds just came from somewhere mechanical a sort of sense memory. I did study cecchetti ballet from age 3 up and had to sort of learn to feel rhythm through my body. I actually come from the world of acting more than anything, so a lot of my videos will have a story line in which I can “get into character.” I got my bachelors degree in Performing Arts at Pace University and went to a specialty performing arts school. I used to write and rap for a chamber orchestra out of Juilliard School named ShoutHouse and I also write songs for a women’s empowerment collective that travels and works with refugees and women all over the country/world called Girl Be Heard. 

 

What inspired the creation of this video?

This video was inspired by being a warrior woman like Xena, the primordial woman, Serena or Venus Williams, or Malala Yusefzai. I’ve always been surrounded by warrior women who “steered their ships” per se and I really wanted to convey that through powerful imagery. At the same time, I feel there is a mutual exclusion and alienation practiced by even the best people in the world. A sort of slut shaming I wanted to defy and challenge by playing two opposing roles in the same video. Like if a woman is sexy she can’t be smart or if a woman likes to use waist movements she is disgusting or wants to be subjected to being harassed. I just want to keep breaking those binaries down and showing there are no limits to how many worlds you can be a part of. 

 

What is the song "Bad Gyal" about for you?

“Bad Gyal” is about that rebellion. The storyline actually spurred from a circular relationship saga that had no seeming end and on my little island in the middle of the Caribbean it can be hard to run into your exes. I wanted that to be thrown into the story just to give it a thread even though overall it’s a beach day turned night party with an overarching theme of empowerment and being wild. But the definition of a bad gyal to me is a person (not exclusively female cis gendered) who gets shit done that they feel is important while still having fun which is a fuck you to the systems trying to hold them back. A bad gyal really is that person who smiles and laughs and is unapologetically themselves while still contributing in major ways and walking as an example of beauty grace and rebellion. 

 

What does Wild mean to you? Did you feel Wild in making this video?

Absolutely. I felt like a wild thang. You made my heart sing. I mean I was in the middle of the ocean on a horse barefoot in a bikini and all eyes were on me. I loved that. I was galloping in the sand I was throwing my hair around - it was all good. I felt completely natural, in the middle of the wild on a horse doing what I love to do and that’s wild to me. Wild means taking good risks and being creative and giving yourself a chance to be yourself because a lot of pressure comes with age and it can be hard to do that.

We’re often told to work for someone else’s dreams, to be someone else’s vision. For just a while I was able to be exactly what I wanted, where I wanted, looking how I wanted, and it felt damn good. 

 

Anything else you'd like our audience to know about you?

I’m really looking forward to making my more experimental eloquent music salable. I’m working on that sound. But for now I’m loving this pop shit it gets people amped up and puts them in a good mood. That’s just as important to me. “This isn’t even my final form.” - Frieza  

 


About The Artist

 

Bush Tea is a Virgin Islands' Native Rapper whose sound consists of heavy 808s infused with the highs of steel pans and baritone vocals. Her first single, Bad Gyal, has been on rotation throughout The Caribbean on 95.1 Isle 95, 103.5 The Reef, Kairi FM, Q95, etc. and can be found on Tidal, Spotify, ITunes. Shazam, Apple Music, and more. Bush Tea Music was recently flown to New York City to open for Nas' artist Bishop Nehru at a full house at The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn. 

Follow her on Facebook for more!

 

 

 

Banner photo by Rashad Martinez

Underwater photo by David Berg

 

 

1 Comment

You Oughta Know: Aaron Taos

Comment

You Oughta Know: Aaron Taos

'ILL'—the newest video by 23 year old, Brooklyn artist and producer Aaron Taos, directed by The Tanaka Bros—reflects those feelings. The song is about the mental daze that occurs when life keeps happening around us and we’re trying to figure things out for ourselves. A song about self-reflection (instead of just the typical pop lyrics focusing on shitty heartbreak).

Comment

You Oughta Know: Tait Alexander

1 Comment

You Oughta Know: Tait Alexander

Tait Alexander’s freshly released, Made for Giving is 10 minutes and 21 seconds of pure euphoria. If forced to describe it in a few words, one might choose: shamanic pop short film. This whimsical wonderscape is bursting with passion for a world of pure joy. It’s not just a music video, but a journey of kaleidoscopic realities. Featuring the beautiful vocals of Grace Joo, this original song by Tait Alexander is overflowing with a message of love. 

1 Comment

WildSpotlight: Lulacruza

Comment

WildSpotlight: Lulacruza

Sonic duo Lulacruza consists of Alejandra Ortiz of Colombia and Luis Maurette of Argentina. Their partnership brings transcendence to our ears. Their sound is trance-inducing; their spirit is rendered tangible through speakers, as transformational solely through sound waves as on stage. 

Comment

WildMix: Austin Psych Fest

1 Comment

WildMix: Austin Psych Fest

Here at WildSpice Mag, we're huge fans of Austin Psych Fest and the time has come upon us again to indulge. Kevin Brown put together the ultimate playlist highlight some of the best of what the weekend will have to offer. If you're in the area, be sure to head to Austin Psych Fest May 8-10th. 

1 Comment

The Next Move In Dance — Rave Train

1 Comment

The Next Move In Dance — Rave Train

Rave Train is chock full of bass and booty - highlighting the culture and community of EDM in action. It celebrates the talents of up and coming and renowned djs and dancers alike, all while entertaining the masses with an infectiously positive and empowering energy. Check out the latest episode and see for yourself.

1 Comment

You Oughta Know: FKA Twigs — Glass and Patron

Comment

You Oughta Know: FKA Twigs — Glass and Patron

As an artist, FKA Twigs is unafraid. Her music is undefinable. She circumnavigates the shackles of a single genre. The self directed Glass and Patron, is no exception. Birthing rainbow, a full blown vogue battle, and defying gravity — just a few of the elements that make this video so mesmerizing...

Comment

You Oughta Know: Julia Anrather

Comment

You Oughta Know: Julia Anrather

Julia Anrather's voice has a way of bringing you to your knees with her melodic mix of soul and folk. When we first heard Quiet Day, we were put into a lyrical trance, craving solitude with someone you long for. Julia's first single is the ultimate reflective music for those days when you're sitting at home, drenched in sunlight and dreams.

Comment

WildMix: Less Love, More Sex

Comment

WildMix: Less Love, More Sex

A first touch, an elongated gaze, the overwhelming sensation of someone else's skin. Thoughts of intimacy and longing intertwine in our minds as we get lost in the grasp of another. Valentine's Day often brings up thoughts of sensual fantasies, whether they live in our minds or between the sheets. 

Comment

WildSpotlight: Taimane Gardner

Comment

WildSpotlight: Taimane Gardner

Taimane Gardner is a force to be reckoned with. To witness her live performance is to experience the ferocity of a natural wonder. Her talent on the ukulele is beyond comprehension — as demonstrated by a career that has continued to flourish since she first picked up her instrument. Born and raised on the island of Oahu, her unique sound has become iconic to the Islands and representative of cutting edge Hawaiian sound.

Comment

WildSpotlight: Ashni

Comment

WildSpotlight: Ashni

Our friend Dallas Robinson had the opportunity to talk to up-and-coming artist Ashni Davé about her experience as a woman of color following her dreams, the challenges she faces, empowerment, and more. Read on to hear this exclusive interview and get a sneak peek from Ashni’s EP, to be released on January 29th. 

Comment

Bjorn and The Sun: Twenty Five — From Los Angeles to Nashville

1 Comment

Bjorn and The Sun: Twenty Five — From Los Angeles to Nashville

Bjorn and The Sun is the soulful duo that we've had blasting through our speakers for the past few months. This dynamic couple have an inescapable synergy and lyrics that sing to the soul and they recently released a music video for their song Twenty-Five. Get lost in their cross country journey and hear what Amanda from Bjorn and The Sun has to say about the experience. 

1 Comment

You Oughta Know: BLKKATHY

Comment

You Oughta Know: BLKKATHY

This Brooklyn based duo will have you swooning over lovers you never knew you had. Their eclectic sounds embrace the best parts of electronic R&B and indie pop twisting together heavy bass and sultry lyrics that sing to the soul. Hear the inspiration behind their latest single. 

Comment

WildSpotlight: Natalie Carol of Valley Queen

Comment

WildSpotlight: Natalie Carol of Valley Queen

Six years ago, Valley Queen’s front woman Natalie Carol drove to Los Angeles on a whim, looking to expand her musical horizons. After a lonely and frustrating year, she was on the verge of returning home when she happened upon an acoustic jam session where she met guitarist David Donaldson. 

Comment

You Oughta Know: Björn and The Sun

Comment

You Oughta Know: Björn and The Sun

Kelli Radwanski had the privilege of interviewing Amanda from Björn and The Sun, a stunning duo making soulful music out of Los Angeles, California.  We talked about Hollywood, the struggles and nuances of being an artist, and how she finds her inspiration.  

Comment

WildMix: Endless Summer Sunset

Comment

WildMix: Endless Summer Sunset

Summer is more than a season. Its a listless, roving, ravished state of wander. It is eternally woven in your beach waves, thickened feet, and the moisture that remains on your sun sweetened lips. A dive into clear blue, a wet kiss, a solemn sayonara... summer eternally sinks beneath your skin and sleeps with you through the coldest part of nights to come.

Comment

Aural Fixation: EVeryMan: "To Be or Not to Be"

Comment

Aural Fixation: EVeryMan: "To Be or Not to Be"

EVeryman is not just anybody. Rapper and constant reverberation of positivity, Evan Shafran creates music from a place of utmost optimism for a world that does not lack in abundant good times. His uplifting vibes are contagious and never cease to put a smile upon your face.

Comment

You Oughta Know: Laura Mvula

Comment

You Oughta Know: Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula is an artist whose voice will have your heart pounding and emotions flowing. Her music will make you dance, cry, gasp for breath. Her words and harmonies seamlessly touch a part of you that you forgot existed. After seeing her live at the Williamsburg Hall Of Music, she's been on repeat for weeks. 

Comment

WildMix: Risky Revamp

Comment

WildMix: Risky Revamp

It was the kind of romance that lingered. Couldn't get it out of your head. Fixated on the spot it filled in your life where gaping silence used to dwell. Some of these songs were recorded on cassette, purchased at Virgin Records, illegally downloaded on Napster... or maybe their still in heavy rotation on your various music apps.

Comment

WildSpotlight: The Tontons

Comment

WildSpotlight: The Tontons

The Tontons, a funky, sultry, jazz-inspired rock ensemble from Houston, have spent the past year mastering the art of the open road while playing shows left and right along their tour across the country. They’ve played cozy venues and stages at major festivals like Austin’s South by Southwest (four times, actually), Fun Fun Fun Fest and Paste Magazine’s Untapped Festival in Houston. 

Comment