Baby Goth Interview on Inspiration of So Thick in Birds of Prey Soundtrack [Exclusive Interview]

Baby Goth
Baby Goth (Courtesy of Republic Records)

Baby Goth had her life-long dream come true when she became a part of the soundtrack for Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn.

The up-and-coming singer released her first album last year with absolute fanfare. In collaboration with Whipped Cream, “So Thick” became one of the tracks in this anticipated soundtrack that also included songs from Halsey, Saweetie, Dojo Cat, Normani, and Megan Thee Stallion.

“So Thick” is a song about female empowerment, which is very appropriate for this female comic book movie.

Birds of Prey stars Margot Robbie, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ewan McGregor, Chris Messina, and Ali Wong.

The film follows Harley Quinn after she splits with Joker to unite with a team of superheroines of Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya to save a girl from an evil crime lord.

In late 2018, Baby Goth came into the music after her breakout song and music video “Swimming,” featuring Trippie Redd and Lil Xan. She released other songs, including Sugar, Smooth, and Mary, from her first album. Last week, Afterparty was released as her first song in 2020 with a music video.

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is playing in theaters nationwide today. The official soundtrack is also released today.

For more information on Baby Goth, visit its official web site here. As for the soundtrack, visit here to listen to the entire album.

Read the exclusive interview below.

LRM Online: Congratulations on making onto the album for the Harley Quinn movie.

Baby Goth: Oh, thank you. I’m so excited about it.

LRM Online: Tell me when you first heard of the initial news, and what was your reaction?

Baby Goth: I couldn’t even believe it. I was waiting for it, not to be true. It’s like a cliche, but it’s a dream come true for me. For Harley Quinn, I love her. I have a comics, and she’s my favorite comic book character. The first time I ever went label shopping before I even signed to Republic Records, I told them I’ve heard there’s a Harley Quinn movie coming out. I have to have a part of it. It’s so me that I should be playing her. If not, I should be that soundtrack.

In a meeting with [Whipped] Cream, I wrote a song for the soundtrack. It was in circulation and collaborated with Whipped Cream. She’s my friend now, and she’s a producer. She is all about female empowerment, which is like what song ended up. We made the song, and then I heard that they were going to pick it up. I was like, “Yeah!”

LRM Online: Tell me the process of you making the song So Thick with Whipped Cream.

Baby Goth: It was the first time I met her, and I was sick that day. I didn’t feel like recording, so I was going to write it and then cut it later when my voice got better. Then we just ended up cutting it, and it was so fired. That we kept that take, that’s what it ended up being.

It was just funny how it happened because I wasn’t supposed to record that night. She walked in, and she knew what she wanted. The woman is hands-on like community. I respected that. There was authentic good energy at all times.

LRM Online: Now, writing the song that is So Thick. Could you talk about the meaning behind the song?

Baby Goth: As I said, it was about female empowerment type shit. It’s about lifting other women instead of competing against one another. For example, the hook is like “Diamonds on my list, yeah, I paid for myself.” I’m a woman and taking care of myself. Now that everything’s going well, the people who were fake before are trying to reach out.

LRM Online: It’s very appropriate for this Harley Quinn movie.

Baby Goth: In any of my songs, I have a thing for clowns. I love clowns. [Laughs] I collect clown things. That’s probably one reason why I love this Joker and Harley Quinn so much. In the song, I talk about clowns, Star Wars, and a bunch of different references in pop culture.

LRM Online: Tell, tell me about your obsession with Harley Quinn. I checked out of your Instagram. You practically look like Harley Quinn.

Baby Goth: She is the main influence in my style. My hair was influenced by like Harley Quinn, and Sailor Moon. I had pink and blue hair before I was doing a song for the soundtrack. It was perfect. That’s the best way for me to reintroduce myself after all the hard stuff that happened last year. It’s very authentic. It’s who I am and perfect.

When I first started to get in, everyone was like, “That’s not how it works. It’s too late. The studio is not going to put you in. You don’t have it yet.” We just kept pushing and pushing. It happened real quick.

LRM Online: Tell me when did this obsession with clowns start for you?

Baby Goth: Since I was a little, I’ve always loved to be scared, which is why I want to direct horror films one day. It makes me uneasy, but also comfortable–if that makes sense. I used to collect stuff like that. My favorite clown is like, Captain Spaulding from House of a 1000 Corpses. In the movie, he has a daughter named Baby Firefly, and that’s where my name stems [originated].

LRM Online: Baby Goth name came from the Rob zombie movie then? Interesting.

Baby Goth: That’s my inspiration because I love her character. She’s all about light and dark. In a way, she’s evil. Sometimes, she can also be playful, fun, and sweet. That represents my personality. It’s light and dark. My music is sweet but sinister. It’s very much like a sinister lullaby type stuff — everything ties in from my name to my style.

LRM Online: That explains in one of your videos, you discussed the tattoo where you had a sad and a happy clown. Two sides of a personality.

Baby Goth: It’s always the yin and yang for me. Due to anxiety and depression, I struggle through the darkness, and then I find my art in it. I like to think that there’s like light and my darkness type shit. I have nightmares every night, and I want to use that as like fuel for a horror film someday. It also fills my creativity with my music and my artwork.

LRM Online: Well, I noticed that you like to talk about your anxiety. N a lot of people don’t want to talk about that, but is that one big misconception about singers like yourself?

Baby Goth: For sure. It’s hard having anxiety in this industry because a lot of the business people don’t get it. They used to loving attention and being in front of a camera. It’s natural for them. As much as I enjoy it, it’s also hard for me. I have to push through a barrier with social anxiety and then depression.

I have to work a little harder than someone else. Not a lot of people like to talk about it because they connect with weakness. People who have anxiety have more emotions, but they feel more. They have to fight harder. In the end, they’re a little stronger. It’s refreshing to talk about it because a lot of people feel alone in it. Most importantly, you have to support those who have that type of mental illness.

LRM Online: What helps you cope with it?

Baby Goth: For me, I used to have panic attacks, and I would pass out from them. I haven’t in a few years, because I use medicinal marijuana. I use THC as medicine. It helps numb my depression, and it keeps my anxiety at bay. But it doesn’t help everyone.

There are natural things I do with cold water and cold air. In tech, there are breathing apps you can do. An anxiety therapist once told me, if you lose control of your breathing, that’s when you pass out. You can breathe in sync with pictures and emotions, and there are apps for it. A lot of little things you can do at home.

LRM Online: You mentioned you would love to get into directing, especially in horror. You want to follow the same path as Rob Zombie. Have you started?

Baby Goth: Of course, he’s one of my favorite role models with Rob Zombie and Tim Burton. They inspire everything I do. I have some screenplays in mind. Right now, I have one called The Vineyard that I would genuinely love to pitch to Netflix. There’s a super juicy backstory to it or end up as a sequel.

When I go to sleep, I have nightmares every night. There’s a bunch of reoccurring ones, five, in particular, haunt me always. Things that I see when I sleep are scarier then I see movies. In my opinion, I could make a wave with the horror films to bring something like super original, but artistic at the same time. I’m also doing a podcast right now that we’re pitching to Audible.

LRM Online: One last question, you just came out with the new song Afterparty with a music video. Could you talk about that? How awesome is that?

Baby Goth: I’m super excited. We weren’t able to job music for a while due to an underlying industry story. Now that we’re past that, it just feels so good to be able to release it and talk about things I’ve been going through. Like the other songs, it’s about getting in the moment and going out with your girls. Also, I wanted to share more about myself and that I’m bisexual. The song is to represent that.

One of the lyrics is, “it’s a lifestyle I believe in.” It’s believing in yourself and loving yourself no matter what other people think. I came from Texas when I grew up there a while ago. It was frowned upon to be gay. Just own who you are and like help other people feel they have a family outside of all the struggle that comes with all these issues in society.

LRM Online: Excellent. Hey, thank you very much, Baby Goth. I enjoyed this conversation, and good luck. I can’t wait for you to direct a horror film.

Baby Goth: Thank you. Thank you so much. It was nice to meet you over the phone.

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn is playing in theaters nationwide today. The official soundtrack is also released today.

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