Newbury musician 'can’t fit the mould people want me to, so I embrace rebellion'
Arts Editor TRISH LEE talks to musician Adrian Buchelt who has just released his new song Rebel: ‘Rebel’ me is embracing the fact that I can’t fit into the mould people want me to'
Pictures by Daisy Bayliss (scroll down for more information after this interview).
Adrian Buchelt a 19-year-old musician from Thatcham/Newbury recently released his new song Rebel and sophomore album entitled Nasty Nancy.
The former Kennet School pupil is a songwriter and producer with a penchant for electronic music. His lyrics and video content can be explicit.
“Songwriting is my way of processing things that happen in my life,” he says.
“Whenever something happens, good or bad, I grab a pen and paper or go on my notes app and write.”
Making Nasty Nancy he was heavily inspired by deep house drums and EDM and modern rock. This album is very dark, lyrically and visually. “When I make an album or song, the visuals are just as important for me as the song is. Rebel and Nasty Nancy are both heavily focused on inspiring people to stand up to oppressive systems of power.”
Politics, and in particular social-politics, is important to Adrian.
“I always hear ‘you’re too young and naive’ at anything I want to do or dream of.”
He believes today’s youth are key to the future and their ideas should be encouraged.
“The young people of today are the engineers of the future trying to fix the mistakes of previous generations.
“I think it’s so important to uplift the youth and not put them down.
“If we want an equal and fair world, that is what the youth are fighting for and we should empower that.
“I’ve struggled with issues of being accepted at home and that’s something many young people, especially minorities, experience.
“‘Rebel’ me is embracing the fact that I can’t fit into the mould people want me to, and so I embrace rebellion.”
He started writing Nasty Nancy in May 2020 – in the middle of lockdown.
“I was locked in my house, as all of us were, and I was going insane and forced to confront uncomfortable personal truths.
“Truthfully, my mental health collapsed and I caved in.
“The world was also watching massive systems being dismantled in 2020. Nasty Nancy felt like an album I had to make for myself and others to get out of this state – and it worked!”
When making his music his aim is for people to have fun.
“I live my life and album cycles through personalities, such as Nasty Nancy, and I love the performance.”
Rebel (Music video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4XbScK890w
Spotify Rebel Link: https://open.spotify.com/track/2hKP8jiy5me0tO2BAG4vjS?si=85286ba7d3df4563
Spotify Artist Page: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3jWQvVHJ6J7zQffT58vrfS?si=P9IgWK91TjC9dnNmd0yvfA
Apple Music Rebel Link: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/rebel-single/1618172360
Apple music Artist Page: https://music.apple.com/gb/artist/adrian-buchelt/1591667981
Social media: youtube.com/imadrian
Photographer Daisy Bayliss
The fabulous music pictures featured are by the talented Daisy Bayliss, an 18-year-old photography student from the Newbury area, currently studying at Bath Spa University. It was her first professional shoot. She usually specialises in portrait photography, however, tries to work with any genre of photography possible.
"I enjoy taking landscapes and exploring places and capturing things that have been left behind or abandoned as well.
"My portrait work often looks at identity, music and fashion as I’m extremely interested in people’s stories and styles and how this can be projected through the lens of a camera.
"Music is a huge inspiration and outlet for me. I also create songs under the name of WHOiSDAiSY and this has led me to meet some amazing artists who I have been able to work with.
"It’s important to me to show representation of individual traits, personalities and backgrounds to resonate with different people and to create larger amounts of variation in my content. Gradually I am learning new skills and gaining knowledge in the competitive world of photography, but I hope to be able to continue to express myself artistically and work alongside new people in the future."
Check out more of Daisy's work on her instagram @dazebayliss
Three works from Daisy's portfolio