Chris Baio is know mostly around the globe for his work as bass player for American rock band Vampire Weekend, but the man has a huge passion for dance music with eclectic taste and no real allegiance to any genre.
Chris has has just unveiled his latest four-track solo EP under his alter-ego BAIO. We touched base with him this week to ask where his diverse love of many types and forms of music actually began.
“Growing up in suburban New York in the early 90s, MTV was strictly verboten in my household. Still, from time to time when my parents were otherwise occupied I’d sneak a peak at the forbidden fruit. One day after school I saw a scene from a movie: four knuckleheads in a car singing along to a piece of otherworldly operatic rock music. The movie was Wayne’s World and the song was ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen. I knew immediately I had to have the CD this incredible song came from: I needed to sing along just like these knuckleheads.
I was nine years old at the time and I would’ve had some money saved up from birthday presents. My parents took me to Tower Records on Central Avenue in Yonkers (R.I.P.) and I bought Queen‘s Greatest Hits. I spent much of 1994 singing along to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and even to this day it is a go-to karaoke song for me – which is not to say I can sing it well! It’s really challenging! As corny as it sounds, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ truly feels like a musical journey, something that can be difficult to get from a single piece of music. It means as much to me at twenty-nine as it did when I was nine.”
Now let’s all join together and push those vocal chords to their limits with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by the legendary Queen.
You can pick up your very own copy right now over at Future Classic.