Baby FuzZ is the audiovisual absurdist glam rock brainchild of producer and songwriter Sterling Fox. Fox has been around the industry, working with top artists like Lana Del Rey, Madonna, Max Martin, Elle King, Brittney Spears, and more. His diverse musical style was first showcased on his debut album, Plastic Paradise, and is now evolving through his upcoming release, Welcome To The Future. Teasing the upcoming album with the single “Weekend Blues,” Baby FuzZ presents an uninhibited mariachi and pop-influenced single that gives the listener a taste of what’s to come from the wild concept album. Eager to learn more, we sat down with Baby FuzZ to learn about his beginnings, his inspirations, and get some juicy new details on what to expect next.
First off, where did the name Baby FuzZ come from? Is it a nickname?
Baby FuzZ: “Baby FuzZ was an idea a friend of mine had for a band name. I think it was an idea for a project that may or may not have ever come to fruition. As soon as I heard it, I felt this weird affinity for it. As an alter ego, it felt like a pure match for who I am – a childlike adult. It kind of plays with the idea of adolescence and rebirth. So, anyway, I convinced my buddy to let me inhabit the name and run with it. Nowadays, a lot of folks will come up after shows and say Mr. FuzZ or Baby. So yeah, it’s kind of become like a personal moniker. It’s kind of a character when I’m singing, but also part of who I am most days.”
Who are some of your musical influences and how did they shape your style?
“I have a really broad range of musical tastes. I suppose that’s why I jump around the genre spectrum so much. I’d say some of my favorite listens at the moment are The Lemon Twigs, Rae Khalil, Sparks’ new album, Mitski, Plastic Ono Band, and a healthy dose of ‘90s brit rock and ‘70s glam.”
What’s the story/inspiration behind “Weekend Blues”?
“‘Weekend Blues’ is a song I started writing 8 years ago as a kind of angsty emo song about how I was feeling at the time. When I revisited it this year, it felt like a completely different person singing, but part of me still loved it. So, basically, I reimagined it as an over the top pop song that is sung by a character on my concept album. That way I can kind of justify not fully owning the lyrics, but still giving them validity. The final product was an absurdly happy pop song. It’s so sad that it’s manic, and the character singing is, in my head, like an incel doing a spinning pirouette to ‘Dancing Queen.’”
What’s your favorite lyrical line in this single? Why?
“‘There’s no cause without a rebel, and there’s no God without a Devil…’ It’s simple, but it’s still one of my favorite lines that I’ve written so far for this album. Plus I love James Dean, and it’s additionally a secret easter egg lyric for myself that references another lyric I wrote for someone else years ago on a song that got big.”
This is a tease to your upcoming album Welcome To the Future… how does this song represent the album as a whole?
“The upcoming album, Welcome To The Future, will essentially be a concept album. It will tell a full narrative (albeit in the cheesy, convoluted way that concepts albums typically do). Themes from the album involve the perception of time, past and present, as well as social themes of environmentalism and dystopia. ‘Weekend Blues’ describes a personal disaffection the main character has with the outside world. It’s both a confession of loneliness and a simultaneous affirmation that everyone feels the same types of feelings at one time or another.”
What’s your favorite song on the upcoming album? Why?
“Out of the completed songs, I am currently loving this song called ‘Acid Night.’ It is a low-key jazz-influenced ambient ballad about dropping acid and going to a Dodgers game. It’s kind of just random observations about the world as a whole and creeping sinister paranoia about the United States. It predates the coronavirus. Part of me thinks it is me sensing that something truly troubling was starting to happen in the world and would change everything. It’s like a musical ennui.”
Your visual style is so unique – how does it further explore your artistry and creativity?
“My visual style is basically normcore crossed with glam I guess. I have horrible taste in clothes and fashion, so I just run with it and wear whatever. If I’m performing or in character, I’ll slap on some cute sunglasses and weird colorful vomit clothes. If I’m just sitting around my flat or in the studio, I’ll typically just dress really crumby. So I guess my style is just schizo and bounces between trying too hard and not trying at all.”
Other than the album, what can fans be looking forward to next?
“I really want to do some more touring, but it looks like this year that may be an impossibility. I did over 100 shows last year and met some amazing people all over the US of A. I think Europe is also on my agenda this time around if I head back out.”