Dutch multidisciplinary BEA1991 is playful and deliberately obscure in all her artistic pursuits. With little regard for convention, her creative output saunters through music, fashion and academia. Beginning her music career with two critically lauded EPs, “Good Thinking” and “Songs of 2k11”, the collections, coupled with striking visuals, sparked an enchantment that feverishly rippled across the net. Over the following few years, BEA1991 split her time between Amsterdam, London and NYC, artistically experimenting, collaborating across disciplines and performing alongside Blood Orange, Kirin J Callinan and Chairlift. In 2016, Bea’s writing and vocals featured on Blood Orange’s seminal “Freetown Sound”. This was followed by an appearance on his 2018 track “Saint” and Porches’ single “Find Me”.
Bea’s single ‘WDSG?’ quietly let itself loose in 2018; later in the year, this was joined by standalone ‘V4’.
In 2019, BEA1991 released her debut album “Brand New Adult”, co-produced with Liam Howe (Sneaker Pimps), Benny Sings and featuring Devonte Hynes. “Brand New Adult” rounds up to ten tracks that sway softly around the edges of yacht-pop and bedroom R&B. The title hints to Bea’s tongue-in-cheek nature, referencing ultimate comedy cynic Kurt Vonnegut. Dwelling on adulthood, is there no point of no return? Can we ever be new again? Once you’re an adult, do you stay one? And who decides?
Accompanying the album, BEA1991 released an aggregation conceptual visuals, including an art-documentary film for “My Own Heaven”, shot by Jona Honer on the world's largest cruise ship in Miami.
On Christmas Day 2019, BEA dropped “The Lost Demo EP”, 4 previously disregarded tracks which were recovered from the BNA sessions.
BEA1991 has built a reputation for a scarce and abstract approach to her own events which intermediately switch between performance and art. In 2020, Bea experiments with form, demolishing established boundaries between convention and novelty.
Away from music, she has received attention for her work alongside fashion designers and visual creatives, designing clothing of her own and conducting academic talks on the subjects of emotional intelligence and modern comforts.