Growing up, BADCHILD always had a sense of nonfullfillment – never understanding who he was, never thinking he was good enough, and never thinking he would get anywhere. Born into an ethnically diverse family (Algeria, Yugoslavia, France, Canada), he never quite knew where he belonged. After losing his mother at a young age and dealing with that heartbreak, he sought refuge in his world of music, a constructed world in which he could find solace from the things that tore him up.
The first song he ever finished was “BADCHILD.” It was written and produced in 3 days and then thrown online. After moving to Toronto on a whim and working to make a life for himself, BADCHILD took on a different meaning. It was about finding redemption in his failures. It’s about trying to be a better person. And since then, BADCHILD has been breaking new grounds with his genre-bending and distinguished sound palette. He has landed profiles in a handful of Canada’s magazines, performed at several international festivals, and has toured across the continent all while releasing new music. And this is just the beginning for the 22-year-old artist.
“$1,000,000” is the lead single from BADCHILD’s upcoming album, Free Trial. The track, mixed by Spike Stent, is heavily driven by percussive elements with lighter pop embellishments and interspersed electronic details. Over the hip-swaying beat, BADCHILD introduces lyrics in an inviting tone. He sings of slipping off into the night with someone who makes him feel like a million bucks. He also sings of how he would never get enough of this love, that he’d probably die before he gets enough. Towards the end of the song, horns and guitar are added into the instrumental underneath an impressively layered vocal performance by BADCHILD.
If this is any indication of what Free Trial will be like, then we are all ears.