BAIBA is a 29 year old artist from Latvia, currently living in Innsbruck, Austria.
She grew up at her parents farm in a small village in Latvia, where she started playing piano and accordion at the age of 7. After high school she started performing at various Folk Festivals and Music Clubs.
BAIBA has earned her degree in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Liepaja and her short stories and poems have been published in various literary magazines such as „Vards“ and „SATORI“. After finishing her studies, She moved to Austria in 2015 and started to work for Innsbruck’s open cultural space „Die Bäckerei - Kulturbackstube“ . Since then she has collaborated with various Austrian musicians and teamed up with Producer Christoph Holzknecht.
After two years of writing, arranging and recording, BAIBA released her debut album "These Storms" in autumn/winter 2017 followed by touring Europe.
Her singles ‘Running’, ‘Light Inside’, ‘Touch You Right’ and ‘You Don’t Know Me’ got radio airplay all around Europe and the songs had also been featured in numerous Canadian and American music blogs. The latest single ‘You Don’t Know Me’ is played in rotation by several of the biggest Latvian radio stations: Radio SWH, Radio 5, Star FM.
- Baiba reveals as a vocally and emotionally powerful singer-songwriter. Her serene voice grabs the listener from the very beginning and takes him into turbulent journey of love, loss, hope and solace. - a journalist wrote.
In 2018 when her song `You Don´t Know Me` came out, it was one of the most played songs on STAR FM in Latvia. Shortly afterwards they selected Baiba for the "Artist of the week"
Right now, BAIBA is back in the studio with her producer (Christoph Holzknecht - Little Element, Lilla,...) to work on her new album, which will come out later this year.
Her new single "Lighter" was released on the 19th of April ... have a listen here: BAIBA - LIGHTER
"Her performance exemplifies how music can be the most intimate experience on the planet. Dekena’s vocals are rich and intoxicating, where you hang onto every word she sings and wish she was next to you. The electronic arrangements are familiar, aided by the stirring production that together creates a haunting soundscape. Dazzlingly breathtaking introduction to a hidden gem." - The Revue (Canadian Music Blog)
Have a listen here :)
If you wanna see a live show from BAIBA, check out the dates here: baiba.live
And here´s a great video from a director from Innsbruck:
Marvin Smith took some time to follow her around, to capture what she´s been into lately.
(Project: "Who Is Next?" from Marvin Smith)