Student Artist Spotlight: Baylee Cannon 

Brody Pierce

Baylee Cannon is a Junior at UW-Stout, studying industrial design with a concentration in sculpture. Cannon makes music in his free time, posting music once a month on multiple media outlets for people to enjoy. Cannon uses music as a creative outlet to take his mind off of his course work every once in a while, and get into the “zone.”

When did you start making your own music?

“I started off making it on my phone. A buddy of mine bought this app called FL Studio, and he told me about it and said I should try it. So, freshman year of college, I bought the app and started tinkering around and messing with the little keyboard in there. Eventually, that led to me getting the computer version of the software, and I just kept messing around and thought, “I used to write poetry. I bet I could write some songs.” So, I started writing songs and making music.”

What’s the hardest part of the process?

“The making of the music part has always been the easier part for me, because I knew that once I can make an instrumental that was worthy enough for me, that I deemed worthy enough to write to, I’d start trying to write. So, that’s where I am at, too. I have more experience creating the instrumentals and the beats that the writing part is like my weaker leg. So, that’s why I want to focus on, not only good writing, but unique writing because music is a very saturated market.”

What kind of voice do you want to portray?

“I guess I’m trying to portray things that aren’t, like, mainstream. So, I liked to do pop/hip hop and a little rap. But I’m still trying to find out what my message as an artist is. Some of the stuff that I like to portray and convey isn’t like super motivational or happy, like “Just be you!” sort of thing, but I want it to be like, “it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks, just do what you want to do and how a lot of stuff doesn’t actually matter as much as you think it does.”

How would you describe some of your music?

“I like making goofy stuff every now and then, so some of my songs are a little goofy. One time I wrote a song called, Scooby Doo, and it’s super goofy cause there is a bunch of Scooby Doo references in the song but it’s about, like, scandalous things. It’s also, kind of, a meme song but also a low-key banger. Like, whenever I perform it at the open mics, it’s always the song, that when I go and chart my analytics the next day, has the most plays on it. I tend to dabble on the edge of serious and comical in my music. I still take my work professionally and seriously, but at the same time I just do it for fun.”

Do you work with anyone else when making your music?

“I have a few friends in the area from high school. A couple other connections I’ve connected with through social media. A few artists I’ve been connecting with and mentoring are like Ethan Kapelka, a student here at UW-Stout, lil QuAyee, Will O’Brian, and L3 the rapper. So, I’ve been trying to mentor a few of them, because I know quite a bit more than the other artists I’ve been trying to work with. So, I like to provide what I know to them to help grow their knowledge, too. So, I like to mentor people, produce some of their music for them, and then I’ve been trying to work on getting that connection out to bigger people to grow both their fan base and my own fan base. Another artist I know is Ethos XZIX. He makes electronic music, but he has taken some professional sound design courses, so I try to seek advice from him about mixing and mastering my music.”

Why do you keep improving and changing your music?

“I always try to push what I know now. If you ever think you know it all, then you’re going to plateau and die off. If you assume that you always have more to learn than you’ll grow bigger and bigger. That’s why artists keep getting bigger and bigger. Like if you think you know it all, and you keep doing the same thing, then you’re never gonna grow.”