Newbury musician ‘can’t fit the mold people want me to do, so I’m embracing rebellion’
Arts Editor TRISH LEE chats with musician Adrian Buchelt who just released his new song Rebel: ‘Rebel ‘gets me the fact that I can’t fit into the mold people want me to do’
Photos by Daisy Bayliss (scroll for more after this interview).
Adrian Buchelt, a 19 year old musician from Thatcham/Newbury, recently released his new song Rebel and his second album called Nasty Nancy.
The Kennet School alumnus is a songwriter and producer with a penchant for electronic music. Its lyrics and video content can be explicit.
“Songwriting is my way of processing the things that are going on in my life,” he says.
“Whenever something happens, good or bad, I grab a pen and paper or go to my notes app and write.”
To make Nasty Nancy, he was heavily inspired by deep house drumming, EDM and modern rock. This album is very dark, lyrically and visually. “When I make an album or a song, the visuals are just as important to me as the song. Rebel and Nasty Nancy are both heavily focused on inspiring people to stand up against oppressive systems of power.
Politics, and especially social policy, is important to Adrian.
“I always hear ‘you’re too young and naive’ about anything I want to do or dream of.”
He believes that today’s young people are the key to the future and that their ideas should be encouraged.
“Today’s young people are tomorrow’s engineers trying to fix the mistakes of previous generations.
“I think it’s so important to uplift young people and not bring them down.
“If we want an equal and just world, that’s what young people are fighting for and we have to empower them.
“I struggled with acceptance issues at home and that’s something a lot of young people, especially minorities, go through.
“Me ‘rebel’ is about accepting the fact that I can’t fit into the mold that people want me to do, and so I embrace rebellion.”
He started writing Nasty Nancy in May 2020 – in full lockdown.
“I was locked up in my house, like all of us, and I was going crazy and having to face uncomfortable personal truths.
“Really, my sanity crashed and I gave in.
“The world was also watching the dismantling of massive systems in 2020. Nasty Nancy felt like an album I had to make for myself and others to get out of that state – and it worked!”
When he composes his music, his goal is for people to have fun.
“I live my life and my album goes through people like 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 networks: youtube.com/imadrian
Photographer Daisy Bayliss
The fabulous musical images featured are from the talented Daisy Bayliss, an 18-year-old photography student from the Newbury area, currently studying at Bath Spa University. It was his first professional shoot. She generally specializes in portrait photography, however, tries to work with any genre of photography possible.
“I love taking landscapes and exploring places and capturing things that have been left behind or abandoned as well.
“My portrait work is often about identity, music and fashion, as I’m extremely interested in people’s stories and styles and how that 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 WHOiSDAiSY and that has led me to meet some amazing artists that I have been able to work with.
“Showing the representation of individual traits, personalities and backgrounds is important to me to resonate with different people and to create greater variation in my content. Gradually, I learn new skills and I learning in the competitive world of photography, but I hope 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