GET TO KNOW: BAYNK

CANTA Issue #11, 2017

BAYNK has managed a swift 180; going from Chemical Engineering here at UC to international gigs and music releases. He returned to campus recently for a set at MONO, and Wajd had a chat to him about music, university and everything in between.
After hearing endless things about New Zealand and ex UC student BAYNK’s music, I decided to give it a crack and listen to some of his original work. His combination of haunting vocal melodies plus catchy electronic backing makes him almost parallel to a more recent and modernised Flume.
As many studying at university would know, the struggle to keep entertained with uni work can become evident in your final years of your degree. For Jock, it became evident in his second year, that he wasn’t interested in working a job in chemical engineering.

BAYNK has managed a swift 180; going from Chemical Engineering here at UC to international gigs and music releases. He returned to campus recently for a set at MONO, and Wajd had a chat to him about music, university and everything in
between. After hearing endless things about New Zealand and ex UC student BAYNK’s music, I decided to give it a crack and listen to some of his original work. His combination of haunting vocal melodies plus catchy electronic backing makes him almost parallel to a more recent and modernised Flume. As many studying at university would know, the struggle to keep entertained with uni work can become evident in your final years of your degree. For Jock, it became evident in his second year, that he wasn’t interested in working a job in chemical engineering.
Although he graduated, he still found that music was a great hobby to play alongside, and being surrounded by talented friends who played instruments definitely helped. “For me, it was never an option not to graduate. I knew I had to finish my degree, and have some sort of platform before I went on. I actually worked in a winery up in Hawkes Bay, so
music wasn’t my only option and I had some money while I wrote.” Explains Jock. Right off the bat, Jock aka BAYNK speaks confidently and calmly. Everything he says has purpose, and you can definitely tell he thinks through his words before speaking them. I found his personality quite different to other musicians I’ve spoken to in the past, as he was very thorough and made sure to answer every part of my question. Jock performed at Laneway festival successfully after only having released one single, after being scouted via email. Since then, music has gone from #2 to #1 on
his priority list. His single ‘What You Need’ featuring NIKA has become a staple classic in the electronic music industry.
Having caught the eye of famous choreographers like Jake Kodish and Haley Fitzgerald, ‘What You Need’ became a huge part of the world of dance. Having been in a band in high school and performing at Rockquest, BAYNK says his favourite part of working alone is relying on himself. “I like to have everything perfect, so it was important for me to create music alone. I know how I like things done and I found jamming with people I was always the most passionate, so it was hard being in a band when people didn͛t share that passion” says Jock, which is a common issue that electronic music producers are finding these days. My final question resulted in a little laugh from Jock over the phone, what do you have to say to people who are at university and aren’t sure it’s for them? After assuring me he doesn’t want to sway anyone’s opinions about university, he stresses the importance of doing what you’re passionate about and love doing and being a part of. What does BAYNK have planned for the future? After touring New Zealand, he plans on writing more music and releasing more singles. He wants to focus on “creating (his) own sound” and really making a name for himself. If worse comes to worst, he’s planning on finding a job in engineering.

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