Hailing from Stockholm, Baba Stiltz—producer of “icy techno soul”—has crafted fresh and luscious electro-pop beats for his promising Is Everything EP. We caught up with the 22-year-old artist for our Body Politics issue to discuss music, appropriation and world peace.
How would you describe your work in a short sentence?
Whatever it needs to be at that moment in time.
What do borders mean to you? Do they limit you in any way?
Growing up in an open EU with American parents, has allowed me the luxury of free movement—although today things are different—the EU is changing very fast and so is the rest of the world.
How much do you think you are affected by border politics (and anything that comes under it) in day-to-day life?
I travel most weekends, so I see people’s moods and the atmosphere at airports, buss shuttles… The past two years there’s been an apparent weirdness in the air; restrictions and heavy security. It’s weird.
Does your cultural identity have an impact on your work?
My cultural identity is very much who I am and also who I wish to be. A very confused amalgamation of a story that shapes me everyday, so it inevitably shapes my work.
How do you view the difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation?
There is a stark difference between the two; appropriation comes from a place of voyeurism, which at times, can be interesting and at other times destructive. Cultural appreciation is—but not limited to—a representative and hopefully inclusive to those it’s representing.
What do you stand for?
That love is everything… even the terrible things.
What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
World peace and understanding—but not always agreeing.