The sultry, slightly mysterious Australian crooner Bobi Andonov shares some of his biggest influences with us.
There's not a whole lot of info about Bobi Andonov
on the internet just yet. We know that he's the son of Macedonian immigrant parents and was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. We also know that he now resides in Los Angeles. But perhaps the most important thing to know about him is that he has one song out in the world so far -- one really fucking good
I recently hopped on the phone with the rising 23-year-old alt-pop singer in hopes of finding out more about him. His accent was thick, and while he was friendly and open, he was, much like his music, also very mysterious. Of course I had to ask about "Apartment," the debut single that earned him thousands of streams and crazy loyal fans. "It just started off as an idea at home in my bedroom, I didn't really think much of it at the time. I'd been collaborating with this producer-songwriter, Dylan Williams. We had a session working together and I showed him this idea and he thought there was something really special about it and wanted to amplify the idea together with me. It took about a month to write and became this really really cool, interesting dark-pop type of track." It's interesting to think about the song as just a mere idea, because the final product is so fierce, ear-catching, and dizzying. "I think a lot of the stuff that naturally comes out is definitely intense."
Maybe that's because most of his musical influences are 80's sex icons. Thanks to his parents, he grew up listening to a lot of Macedonian music around the house, but later on, he took it upon himself to discover artists like George Michael, Prince, INXS, and Terence Trent D'Arby. "I think I really gravitated towards all those artists because they all had one thing in common -- they just went for it and weren't half-ass about anything," Andonov explained. "They're all sexy, they weren't ashamed about being themselves, and they wrote and produced everything themselves, which is eventually what I want to do. Visually what they did is so stimulating and sensual. I think they really didn't really give a fuck about what anyone else thought."
Maybe that "IDGAF" mentality also stems from growing up as an outsider in Australia, due to his heritage. "I couldn't really relate to all of the kids in my high school. I was on my own a little bit, just creating in my room and setting out my wardrobe as a little vocal booth," Andonov explained. "I think growing up in Australia definitely taught me how to create my own little world when I'm creating music." Learning how to isolate himself from others while growing up and then discovering such forward-thinking artists… That's how Andonov became the liberated artist that he is today. Most newcomers might be afraid to sing lyrics like "Sign your name across my body, lose your innocence / I can feel it leave your body, three in the morning," but that's exactly what Andonov isn't -- afraid.
Andonov has been living in LA for about two years now, "living here was very weird for the first couple weeks. I think it was good early on because I was just in the studio and sessions were booked back to back -- so I didn't really give time to think about it -- but in those moments it was definitely really difficult." He also released his first video ever for "Apartment," directed by Ellis Bahl. "I wanted it to feel more than just a video; I wanted it to have some type of artistic thing about it. It was amazing to make."
"Apartment" is so fresh, it's one of those songs you can listen to for months without getting bored. Andonov has a wicked voice, and on top of that, his mysterious, sensual attitude is enticing. For that, we're excited to watch him flourish in 2018. Towards the end of the call, I asked him what we can expect in the new year and he hinted at new music with some potential live announcements. Let's hope he follows through, because we are very excited to hear what he comes up with next.