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Coffee with BAO Episode 26 ft. Katie Hargrove – Artist and Songwriter

Katie Hargrove joins me before our co-writing session to talk about the breadth of her work as a songwriter, her journey in the music industry, and how her normal life as a human influences her work. We talk about her path from playing music in Knoxville TN at age 13 to moving to Los Angeles a few years ago to pursue songwriting. We also touch on having a real life outside of music, being a gay woman in the music industry, and what’s been on our minds lately.

Learn more about Katie Hargrove ​.

You can also listen to this episode as a podcast.

Coffee with BAO Episode 25 ft. Dr. Cate Le – Infectious diseases physician and author

Dr. Cate Le, an infectious disease specialist and author chats with BAO about her debut children’s book “Coronavirus is Boo Boo,” and a few other timely topics. We learn about her upbringing as a Vietnamese American refugee, her life and career straddling medicine and the arts, and her passion for social and racial equality in healthcare. Dr. Le is currently treating COVID-19 patients and promoting her book to help younger kids learn about the virus and the life changes it has brought about.

Learn more about Dr. Cate ​and order her book.

You can also listen to this episode as a podcast.

New Release: Perpetual Heartbreak (Remixes)

Surprise! We’ve just put a new remix EP onto Bandcamp! Perpetual Heartbreak (Remixes) will also be on streaming platforms next week June 27. This release contains three very different remixes by three incredible artists: POLYCHRON, Alex Kade, and _flatpat_.
Listen Now

A Different Story (POLYCHRON Remix)
POLYCHRON is a production duo from Los Angeles who specialize in layering ethereal landscapes with vintage Drum N Bass-inspired beats. Check out POLYCHRON on Bandcamp.

No Filter (Alex Kade Remix)
Alex Kade is an EDM production duo from Toronto, Canada, whose soaring dance remixes and live streaming performances have enjoyed viral success since the pandemic. Visit AlexKadeMusic.com

Thanks (_flatpat_ Remix)
_flatpat_ is a Houston, Texas-based producer and beatmaker previously known as That Purple Bastard. Their Slowed & Chopped style remixes and prolific work ethic are respected within the experimental hip hop scene. Check out _flatpat on Soundcloud.

Mastered by my homie Jesse McInturff
Cover art by this really talented artist named Bao Vo

Coffee with BAO Episode 24 ft. Ashley Nguyen DeWitt – Animation casting and voice director

Animation casting and voice director, actor, and singer Ashley Nguyen DeWitt chats with BAO about her biracial Vietnamese and African American upbringing and career in the entertainment industry. Ashley’s work includes a variety of animation projects, including the upcoming Netflix series “Ada Twist, Scientist” which was co-produced by Laughing Wild and Higher Ground, the production company of former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama . We also discuss the immense value of mentors and advocates, especially for underrepresented groups.

Learn more about Ashley at ashleynguyendewitt.com

You can also listen to this episode as a podcast.

Coffee with BAO Episode 23 ft. Kyle Dombroski – Drummer and music educator

Professional percussionist, audio engineer, and music educator Kyle Dombroski joins BAO to chat about his experience as a Korean American adoptee growing up in Central Illinois, his career in various facets of music, and his goals for his band Hello Noon. Kyle also plays drums with BAO’s beautiful boy band and can be heard on BAO’s track “Beautiful Things” from the album Perpetual Heartbreak.

Learn more about Kyle at kyledombroski.com

You can also listen to this episode as a podcast.

Coffee with BAO Episode 21 ft. Denise Santos – Film and TV Composer

Film and television composer Denise Santos chats with BAO about her musical upbringing in Manilla, her unplanned decision to stay in the US, and her career as a touring musician and composer. We discuss her work on Ella Jay Basco’s music video “Gold” featuring Ruby Ibarra and its topic of skin lighteners, beauty standards, and self-acceptance. We also explore the sluggish acceptance of women of color in the entertainment industry and how her experience as a woman channels in the music she has composed for productions such as “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein.”

Learn more about Denise at bleedingfingersmusic.com

You can also listen to this episode as a podcast.

“Hey Dear” by Rebs ft. BAO

Listen to “Hey Dear,” a new single by Rebs, produced by BAO. “Hey Dear” is an 80s-inspired tune written by 20-year-old indie artist Rebs. It tells the story of a mother missing a child who moved away. The song was inspired by Rebs’ own journey of leaving for college. Hope you like the new work and support Rebs in their musical adventures!

A couple months ago, I heard “Hey Dear” from a demo version that Rebs recorded and posted on Soundcloud. I liked the song so much that I asked if I could produce a version.

Rebecca Chan, also known as Rebs, is a 20-year old indie artist from Michigan who perpetually strives for intersectionality. As a queer, biracial artist, they seek to represent the nuance and complexity of a layered identity and existence. That nuance extends to their music, combining and blurring genres to create new sounds.

Play “Hey Dear” by Rebs on Youtube or stream it from your favorite streaming platform here. Also, follow rebs.chan on Instagram.

“The Brass Parade” by Sunrise Transparence ft. BAO

Hi, hello! It’s me again, like TLC again. My friend and collaborator Sunrise Transparence, who played horns on Perpetual Heartbreak and co-wrote my song “Burn It Down,” created this one-person brass band cover version “Welcome to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance and I provided the vocals on it. That’s 54 layers of horns all played by Sunrise Transparence and 46 layers of voice by yours truly. Hope you like and share and buy this song!

Watch the video on Youtube.


We worked really hard on this and a way to support indie artists like us is to help us fund these crazy ambitious endeavors, so if you feel like downloading this cover song, here’s a glorious button:

Buy on Bandcamp

UPDATED: Perpetual Heartbreak Out Now

You know that totally private rush when you’re like, “Fuck it, I don’t care what anyone else thinks. This is what I want”? 😂 My debut full-length Perpetual Heartbreak is one of the most personal, vulnerable, and experimental recordings I’ve made. It’s a balance of my obsession with tightly edited pop music and my love for things that are subtly unsettling.

Perpetual Heartbreak is officially out now as a Youtube video series, streaming, or download:

Perpetual Heartbreak Credits

Written, arranged, performed, and produced by BAO except as noted below. Mastered by Thomas Dimuzio. Artwork by BAO.

Beautiful Things
Kyle Dombroski – Drums and Percussion
Timm Shingler – Bass Guitar
Evaldo Garcia – Keyboards
Jesse McInturff – Guitars

No Filter
Engineered and co-produced by Davy Pelletier
Davy Pelletier – Synthesizers

Perpetual Heartbreak
Sunrise Transparence – Horns

Union Station
Additional production by Taylor Shechet
Jake Lightning – Guitar Solo

Burn It Down
Written and produced by BAO, Taylor Shechet, and Sunrise Transparence
Sunrise Transparence – Horns

Deep Beneath the Sea
Written and arranged by BAO and Evaldo Garcia
Evaldo Garcia – Piano and Keyboards

Perpetual Thanks To

BAO’s beautiful boy band (Timm Shingler, Chef Evaldo Garcia, Jesse McInturff, Kyle Dombroski, and Rogie Lucero).
The Ming & Ping Dynasty (Ming, Ping, Jamie Locks, Donna Pungprechawat, Helen B. Thompson, Ryan Vasquez).
Taylor Shechet for helping with production, sound design, and strategy.
Elissa R. Sloan for helping with art direction.
Dan, Jenny, and Shayna at Modern Works Music Publishing.
Andrea Vancura, Justin Tsugranes, Khoa Vu, Simon Tam, and Alex Steininger.
My mom, my family, friends, and supporters.
Everyone I’ve seen naked.