ArtBae, an abstract painter and spoken word artist shining her psychedelic light on the city of Seattle, launched her public foray into the music scene last month with the release of her debut single “High”. You can listen to the modern stoner bitch anthem on Spotify above!
“I’m elevated, I’m faded on my own fly” - As someone who openly talks about her the influence of weed on her artwork and spirituality, I was lucky to have the opportunity to ask her some questions, diving deeper into the meaning and origins of “High” in this high vibin’ femme’s life! The photoshoot was a collaboration for the debut single, shot on the dreamy sands of Discovery Park.
Q. What was your first experience smoking weed?
My first time ever smoking weed was during the summer I was going into high school. I think all my friends were smoking weed that summer and I wanted to smoke too, but I heard hella crazy stories about weed being laced and how you can’t just be smoking with anybody. So I asked one of my cool aunts to smoke me out for the experience because I knew I could trust her and her weed. After the fifth pull of the swisher blunt I felt like a cartoon character, everything was funny, time no longer existed and then I was starving. I ate 6 corn dogs while laying in the bed with my eyes closed then I passed out until the morning. It was a heavy Indica I’m assuming. I don’t think I really got to enjoy my first High because I couldn’t really handle that much cannabis intake. However I was in a safe space and the energy and overall vibe was real chill for my first time. I don’t encourage underage cannabis use I just happened to be underaged my first time.
Q. Do you remember what strain it was?
No idea and now that i think about it, I don’t think anyone really knew what strains they were smoking back then. We didn’t have dispensaries or bud tenders, I do know it was sum fye doe.
Q. Was there anyone in your early days of smoking cannabis who taught you what to do or helped create those first memories with you?
Majority of the people I grew up with, my family and friends smoked weed so I always kinda knew what to do because I observed the use of it. When I started smoking heavy I received the name “vacuum lungs” from my friends because I was and still can to take massive hits. I did learn how to roll backwoods from friends within the last few years.
Q. When did cannabis become a part of your daily life? Did something in your life change at that point?
I actually took a break from smoking heavily in high school and didn’t smoke weed again until I was 19. Then I took another break and didn’t smoke until I was 22. When I would smoke weed then, it wouldn’t be as consistent as it is now. During the periods that I would take a break from smoking, I went through a few unfortunate events that caused me to develop anxiety. When I started to develop anxiety and was battling depression I learned that my body rather all natural remedies for my mental wellness as opposed to man made prescription drugs. I now smoke weed everyday, all throughout my day. The right weed will slow my thoughts down so I’m not over thinking or worrying, It also relaxes my body so I’m not outwardly anxious.
Q. How does cannabis help you with your paintings, is it similar or different to how it helps you with rapping?
I love these questions...it’s different in a few ways. When I smoke cannabis before I paint it helps me stay focused on what I’m painting. It also amplifies my already active imagination. I also feel like I take more risk with my paintings when I’m high.
When I smoke while I’m writing, it helps me tap into myself. It feels euphoric and trancelike when I’m high while rapping, almost like I’m not there.
Q. What does the perfect blunt look like to you? (Type of wrap, favorite strain, favorite place to smoke?)
Russian cream or Honey berry backwood stuffed with wedding cake (at the moment).
I like big blunts so nothing slimmer than my middle finger. I like smoking in my bathroom with candles lit while burning sage and sweet grass. If you let the shower run it steams up the bathroom and you got yourself a weed steam room.
Q. In “High” you say, “I’m elevated, you know I’m hard to reach,” do you feel like cannabis can be an armor protecting you from the negative energy in the world? What did you mean by that line?
Yes for me it definitely does, I pair smoking cannabis with meditation. When I smoke before I go outside or go to an event I feel like I’ve created a shield around me. When I meditate it elevates my mind and way of thinking, I can feel as fly as I want I can be who I want. I’m more secure, more grounded more calm, less on guard but more aware of my surroundings and the people in them. I’m in my own zone and nothing or no one can penetrate that. the level of high I’m on spiritually and mentally after I’ve smoked can not be reached by everyone.
Q. Who did you work with to produce “High?”
I worked with J battle @qreepz he is an amazingly talented producer, engineer, dj and artist, I think everyone should work with him in one of those areas at least once. He did all of the recording, mixing and mastering for my first single ‘High’
Q. What can we expect from the rest of the upcoming EP?
You can expect a lot of realness and vulnerability. I use music as an outlet, a way to get whatever that hurts or feels good inside of me out.
Q. You’re known to your friends as a master manifestor with powerful energy, do you have any tips for someone just learning to manifest creative goals?
I strongly believe that we are the master manifestors of our own lives and with that much power there’s nothing we can’t do. Envision yourself and see yourself already where you want to be in this life. I have the ability to speak things into existence because I believe what I’m saying to be true. Ask the universe for guidance with getting there and you will receive. Believe in yourself and in your goals and most importantly don’t wait. Whatever is in your heart whatever goals you see yourself reaching in your future do it now. Don’t be afraid of failing but most of all don’t be afraid of flying.
Q. Growing up in Alaska, did being surrounded by nature give you a greater connection with cannabis as a plant?
The other way around, cannabis gave me a greater connection with nature. Smoking outside while going on hikes or while at a bonfire in the mountains with friends really opened me up to the outdoors. My friends and I used to smoke on trails or in the woods while camping, I developed a greater appreciation for the outdoors and it’s beauty.
Thank you Shakera, aka ArtBae! We look forward to your next release!!