Dark pop duo Bahari are starting off 2020 with a bang. After releasing “gameboy” (the first song off their upcoming album) late last year, the duo—comprised of Ruby Carr and Natalia Panzarella—is gearing up to hit the road with Elohim on a 23-date tour and release their debut new album.
We caught up with Bahari to talk about lessons learned on the road, their songwriting process and what fans can expect next.
You’re about to hit the road with Elohim—what about this tour are you most looking forward to?
There’s so much that we are looking forward to on this tour, especially being able to tour with people we love and are already so close with. Playing unreleased songs from the new album is the most exciting part for us.
In the past, you’ve toured with the likes of Birdy and Selena Gomez. What lessons or tips about touring and the industry more broadly did those experiences teach you?
We learned everything we know about being on tour from both of those experiences. Watching them perform every night taught us so much about playing in front of bigger crowds. You learn things by experience, so those tours really brought us out of our shells.
Let’s talk dream tours—if you could tour with any artist in the world, who would it be?
Definitely Lana del Rey. That means we would get to hear her set every night.
You guys have been making music together for six years now. How has your songwriting process evolved?
I think our songwriting process has evolved in the sense that we are just more open and comfortable with each other. We’ve been through a lot together and the only people we could talk to about it was each other, which opened us up to writing more freely together.
Last year you released “gameboy” as the first song off your upcoming album. How did you decide that would be the first release? Was it a hard decision?
We felt that “gameboy” was a special song and needed its own space, especially with the video. It was a hard decision because there were so many songs we wanted to put out, but we knew “gameboy” needed its own moment.
Without giving too much away, do you have a song off the upcoming album that you’re most excited to see fans’ reactions to?
Yes! The next single that’s coming out. We are so excited. It’s different from what we’ve ever made before. I think it shows a different side to our music that we are starting to explore and create more of.
Lastly, what does the rest of 2020 have in store for Bahari?
Our album is coming out. There will be so much new music and music videos and hopefully another tour before the end of the year.
The Group Therapy Tour
2/21 Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
2/22 College Park, MD @ MilkBoy Arthouse
2/25 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
2/29 Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
3/03 Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
3/05 Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre
3/06 Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
3/10 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues Cleveland
3/11 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner
3/12 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
3/13 Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
3/14 Minneapolis, MN @ Piggy Bank
3/17 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
3/19 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
3/20 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues San Diego
3/21 Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
3/26 Orange County, CA @ Constellation Room
3/27 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
3/28 San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
4/01 Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
4/02 Portland, OR @ Holocene
4/03 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
4/04 Vancouver, Canada @ Venue Nightclub
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