We had the good fortune of connecting with Henny Baeb and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Henny, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
As a female artist taking risks has played a major role in my life and career. I started making music in 2013, so everyone wasn’t as accepting as now in 2021. It was hard enough to be gay but to also make music was pushing everyone the wrong way. No one, besides the people I was closed to, believed in my dream so I had to make them. I had to make them want to believe in me with no studio, no support, and no money. And I did, I never gave up, I kept pushing forward no matter the feedback I was still there. By taking those risks and refusing to give up on myself I have came closer than I have ever been to top artists and other huge opportunities. I chose to take that risk but back then I had no idea it would turn out like this. If you’re reading this NEVER give up on yourself, always be your OWN #1 fan, and take that risk no matter what anyone else says. It will all pay out in the end.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started writing music at the age of 4 and finally made a real song at the age of 13. Writing music between 2004-2013 I really had no idea what to write about, so instead of writing about my own problems, I wrote about others. That’s what made me different from other artist, I was able to hear different stories and create art with them like I went through it myself. Making it here was nowhere near easy, I fought through stereotypes, law enforcement, gender equality, but most of all I fought for my music to be heard just like everyone else’s. That was my biggest challenge, making sure I would be heard as much as the next artist. This also went hand in hand with my biggest mistake; thinking someone owed me an opportunity. This is one of the toughest lessons to learn as an artist NO ONE OWES YOU ANYTHING, you have to get it for yourself. So with that being said the place I’m in today I got there without help. I’ve been through a lot just like the next person so I never judge anyone based on their past, I’m humble but outspoken at the same time, because you should always observe before you speak but never let anyone think they can silence you. I’ve had juice wrld subscribe to my YouTube, before he died. I rarely bring that up to locals because where I’m from there’s more hate than love. I learned that the hard way and I’m inspired by every mistake I make because I can only get better.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Loll where I’m from I wouldn’t even recommend a friend to visit, but if they did I would more likely ask them what they like to do first, then go from there. Since I lived here all my life I know about all of the popular spots in the city, but I go to all the ducked off spots just to be safe. So I could say Canal/Bourbon, Celebration Hall, or The Rooftop. But I rarely go to any of those places myself (again just to be safe).
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a HUGE shoutout to my baby and my mom for sure they have always been there for me and always will be. My brothers and cousins (not all of them, they know who they are). My label for recognizing my talent, my label brothers for accepting me right away. And just anyone who haven been supporting me throughout this entire journey. Thank you❤️.