Meet BEXY, the New Zealand Dark Pop Rising Star
BEXY’s career was born in a place that many budding songwriters are familiar with – the bedroom floor. From writing purely for her own catharsis to living in the hearts of fans all over the globe, BEXY has become a favourite of the indie pop world.
BEXY was hooked from the very first moment she picked up an instrument that was lying around her musical household. After her father taught her some basic chords, she spent hours and hours in her room experimenting. “I kept it to myself at first. I neglected the study of music because being in front of people was too terrifying!” She focused first and foremost on writing music for herself, for the purity of expression, which has remained at the heart of her now flourishing career.
After falling in love with the live music scene in Dunedin, she found her footing with a group of musos who later became the band Lacuna. The group played nearly every week in Dunedin, embarking on a national tour and gracing the stage of beloved kiwi festival Rhythm and Vines. After moving to Perth for a short stint, a chance encounter with global songwriting royalty Julia Michaels solidified that BEXY was born to write songs. “Meeting her just felt like a divine moment. Everything suddenly felt attainable, and I was so inspired and fuelled by her musical energy,” she recalls.
Upon returning to New Zealand with a newfound commitment to her artistry, BEXY recruited Auckland producers Ambian and Sleo to work on her first single "Wish We Had History." Upon its release, the track garnered huge playlist attention and took BEXY’s delicate voice across the globe. Since then, her sound has morphed through constant influence and inspiration that pulls not only from music but other artforms, including fashion and visual art. “I’m constantly collecting things that inspire me, that leak into my music. Movies are very influential for me at the moment- anything that leads to cinematic sounds”.
Her latest EP I Was Made to Feel This Way explores more dramatic, nuanced, and evocative soundscapes that bring BEXY’s narrative lyrical style to the forefront. She experiments with distorted guitars, walls of lush synths, and terraced dynamics while keeping her undeniable vocal talent at the heart of the conversation.
Although BEXY has found notable success through international playlisting, she always comes full circle back to the reason that she started writing music in the first place — for her own catharsis. “I only do music for healing and sharing. If it helps me, I can help other people work through things to. At its core it has to be for myself first and that’s what I am coming back to now.”