Since most of the songs already existed in some form or another, Bertisch’s job on Prelude was to refine and reimagine music that had previously been private. She spent time rearranging, rewriting, adding elements newly available to her, such as the saxophone, and pushing the limits of the rough mixes to mold the universe she envisioned. Along the way, Bertisch grew more excited about her abilities as a musician. The resulting record is one that is inherently confident.
Prelude is also a homespun release. It’s coming out on Bertisch’s own label, Love Injection Records, which she runs with her partner Paul Raffaele. The two also DJ and make zines under the name, which started in 2015. Love Injection is a love letter to New York. Prelude is a word of encouragement to those struggling with self-actualization. The record was mixed by Justin Van Der Volgen and mastered by Walter Coelho. Love Injection Records holds the remix tradition in high regard, and they’ve enlisted reworks by some of Barbie’s favorite producers. It’s all a labor of love for Bertisch. Prelude is her: Barbie the musician.
All songs written and recorded by Barbie Bertisch (vocals, synthesizers, drum programming, alto sax, bass guitar) at home between 2018 and 2020.
Mixed by Justin Van Der Volgen
Mastered by Walter Coelho
Photography by Guarionex Rodriguez Jr.
Video Editing & FX by Gabriel Rolim
Designed by Paul Raffaele
Press release written by Sophie Kemp
Worldwide PR by Dawn
Licensing by Terrorbird
Barbie Bertisch (ASCAP)
©℗ Love Injection Records 2022