Theresa Wayman - a vital slice of the indie rock band Warpaint - recently stepped into Baeble Music HQ for a solo Baeble NEXT Session. Wayman is a founder and 15 year veteran of the band. Her solo project, TT, is long overdue. When she sat down with us, the Oregon-native singer-songwriter revealed that she's been working on the project since she was 15 as a means to find herself. "Within the band we don't really get to get everything outwe're all writing and there's only so much you can put on an album. Everybody's got more ideas that what we just bring to that project", TT explained in regard to her solo stint. TT brought flavors of love and heartbreak to Baeble, performing two songs from her debut solo record, LoveLaws, beginning with "Love Leaks", followed by "I've Been Fine". We'd like to give a quick shout-out to whoever broke TT's heart, because without you these songs may not exist. Oh and don't worry, she's been fine. TT also slipped in a couple Warpaint tracks, including a super stripped down version of "Love Is To Die" and "So Good". Every note sang was bursting with raw emotion, accompanied by a mix of piano and bass. So, if you want to know the real Theresa Wayman, without her Warpaint, check out her Baeble NEXT session.
...long way to go I'm Theresa Wayman and I go by TT. Yeah. - Yes, we also play in Warpaint. Yeah, I have this project, "TT. " It's, my solo project. And I've been working on it, I don't know, since I was like, 15, laying in my bed listening to music that I love. So, yeah, this is kind of like a long time in the making, in a way. But the last few years I've been traveling and writing music for my band. And in the meantime, working on fleshing out these songs that have been in my head and trying to find myself through my music and my art. I think I know when to stop I know when love leaked out the bottom of our cup Will you ever feel a warm embrace holds you like mine? What you thinking you're gonna do now In the middle of the night? I just got too, I just got too empty I just got too, I just got too empty I feel like I'm waiting, I feel like I'm failing you The reasons are locked up, I feel like we're out of touch The moment is fading, the moment is fading I feel like we fucked up, I feel like we lost our love I think we knew our time was up My best day's too far away to keep this up Will you ever feel a warm embrace holds you like mine? What you thinking you're gonna do now In the middle of the night? Night I just got too, I just got too empty I just got too, I just got too empty I just got too, I just got too I just got too, I just got too I feel like I'm failing, I feel like I'm waiting on you The reasons are locked up, I feel like we're out of touch The moment is fading, the moment is fading I feel like we fucked up I feel like we lost our love The moment is fading, the moment is fading I feel like I'm waiting, I feel like I'm waiting I've been waiting Yeah, the record is called "LoveLaws" and, well, the first song I played is called "Love Leaks. " It's a song about breaking up and realizing that the person you're with, you know, what you had isn't there anymore. And just how you feel like, what are you going to do next, you know? And just kind of a raw expression of that, being in that space, I think. I wrote this song originally on piano and there's piano on the recorded version but there's a lot of other things going on, as well. But it's nice to play it stripped back too, just like kind of the way it was written. I think I know when to stop I did most of the songs with my brother. He's a musician, engineer, producer. And he worked on the Warpaint album, too. But we'd kind of been working on this for a while, just whenever we get a chance, just collaborating. I just remember feeling that way about him when he was a baby, just like, "I get you. " We get each other, you know? And then it turns out later we really do. We have the same interests and we collaborate really well, and it's been so great and I like to have a reason to work with him or to do, to be with him. Otherwise, sometimes there's no reason that you really get to spend that much time with your family. Just... you know? So... I've been fine With all my friends around me To give advice But I still can't help but think What's the time? And how long has it been Since you and I...? You and I... Why can't you be next to me? Why can't you be next to me? Why can't you be next to me? Why can't you be next to me? I think you're right Things have gotten better Except when I Still can't help remember All the times Our bodies pressed together And you were mine You were mine Why can't you be next to me? Why can't you be next to me? Why can't you be next to me? Why can't you be next to me? Why can't you be next to me? Why can't you be next to me? Why can't you be next to me? Why can't you be next to me? Why can't you be next to me? Why can't you be next to me? Why can't you be next to me? And the second song is "I've Been Fine" and that also is a breakup song. Maybe, like, the moment later than "Love Leaks. " You know, after it's already gone, you're like, "Yeah, I've been fine. " But wait... except for when, you know, you think about it or something, you know, and you get to get that feeling again. Those two happen to be the breakup songs on the album but they're not all about that. There is a thread of, you know, love and romance and whatnot but it's not just romantic love that's on the album, it's all kinds of facets of it. I don't want this to be Warpaint, you know? It will sound a little bit like Warpaint because I am a part of Warpaint, but I'd think that having it different is a good thing. And it's a lot more electronic, for sure, maybe more gentle. I think. All on my own, here I stand Am I humble? Am I ghost? I'm on a limb to climb To something lawless I hope Am I humble? Am I ghost? I'll find a way To look towards this day Got it all hooked up This could only go one way Oh-oh-oh oh-oh-oh Oh-oh oh-oh I'm not alive, I'm not alive enough I'm not alive, I'm not alive enough Come run, run, run Love is to die Love is to not die, Love is to dance Love is to dance Love is to die Love is to not die Love is to dance Love is to dance and dance and dance All on my own It's confirmed There's no words to compromise You really see nothing of this girl They look, they don't know The roots behind Cuz I've got a knife To cut out the memories So carefully Too carefully It's not necessary To be so dark Got to give in, Got to give in Look to the night The last time I alter my mind I give in Got to give in To the fight, the fight the fight, the fight Love is to die Love is to not die Love is to dance Love is to dance Love is to die Love is to not die Love is to dance Love is to dance and dance Love is to die Why don't you not die? Why don't you dance Why don't you dance and dance And dance? Nice. "Love is to Die," which is off of our self-titled album, Warpaint "Warpaint. " And Jen wrote that sick bass line, and I wrote the melody. And that again is really nice to play without having everything else because it feels so good just stripped back with bass and vocal. - You stripped that back as far as it can go? - Yeah. Totally. And it feels good. I feel like so many songs can have so many different variations and I get really fascinated by that and I never... I always want to record, I would want to do a whole album of "Love is to Die" versions. You know? And then like, a whole album of the next song. Because I feel like there's so many different expressions of a song. So... One, two, three. You're too much, I can't take it You always seem to make my heart stop and I can tell that there's something in your eyes Are calling me I want you now I want you all over me Can't you tell me all your secrets? I'll tell you all mine I'll tell you all mine Oh oh-oh oh oh-oh oh Oh oh-oh oh oh-oh oh Oh oh-oh oh oh-oh oh Oh oh-oh oh oh-oh oh Saw you all alone On the outside I knew your move Do you remember me? The same way I do you? I want you, open wide Can't you tell me all your secrets? I'll tell you all mine I'll tell you all mine Oh oh-oh oh oh-oh oh Oh oh-oh oh oh-oh oh Oh oh-oh oh oh-oh oh Oh oh-oh oh oh-oh oh So good You're so good So good You're so good So good You're so good So good You're so good And then we did "So Good" as well, which is a song I wrote on bass. Cedric, our manager, but also bass player extraordinaire, and he was playing Jenny's guitar parts on that song, too. I don't know, I feel like the album is, a room piece, in a way. Like a fireplace, or a painting, or something. Like you put it in the room and it makes it feel good or brings a vibe. And it could be, either something you look at deeper, or it could be something that you just put on and you have in the background. And I like that. It's just kind of vibe-heavy. I think that's always a good thing to have. - Would you say this record's a different side of you, and if so, is it a truer side, or just a different side? - Well, I would say this record is more true to me because it's more me. I think it's important to have other outlets because it just helps me to, you know, hone my craft. And therefore have more value, you know, within the band. And I think the more that each of us does that, I think the better for all of us. You know, within the band we don't really get to get everything out in that band because we're all writing and there's only so much you can put on an album. You know. So everybody's got more ideas than what we just bring to that project. So it's really, it's just vital. Hi, I'm Theresa Wayman of TT. And you're watching Baeble Music.
Wayman has long been at work on her own music between Warpaint tours and her commitments as a single mother. She recorded LoveLaws at her home studio in Los Angeles, on the road, in London and at Warpaints L.A. rehearsal space. Wayman plays the majority of instruments on the recordguitar, bass and synth plus programming the drum beats herself. She produced the entire album with Ivan with additional production contributions from Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Bat For Lashes) and Money Mark (Beastie Boys), and enlisted her Warpaint bandmates for additional contributions.
Musically, the album explores Waymans early interest in beats, baselines and samplesshe cites Bjrk and trip hop as major influences. Wayman took a new approach to writing on LoveLaws: for years, she wrote stream of consciousness and tended to forego revising music or lyrics in the pursuit of a raw, unfussy sound. On LoveLaws, she found herself reworking and polishing ideas, arriving at a sound that is truly her own. As its title suggests, the album finds Wayman examining her romantic ups and downs.
Born and raised in Oregon, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Wayman formed Warpaint in Los Angeles 14 years ago. The groups three albums2010s The Fool, 2014s Warpaint and 2016s Heads Uphave gone on to receive massive critical acclaim.