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INTERVIEW: Bertie Scott

Hi Bertie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey guys, I’m all good thank you, how’s it going?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Way You Loved Me”?

“The Way You Loved Me” is the first track I’ve released out as an artist under my own name. I’ve been in bands for quite a few years with other people, but I’ve never really written anything just for myself. All the songs I’ve recorded in groups before have always been rock songs, and starting on my own I wanted to try something a little bit different. I’m a real big fan of those big 80s/90s ballads, and I wanted to take that kind of mindset and bring it into a modern context, with a few more electronic sounds.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

This song isn’t written about a specific event as such, but more about different themes. It’s about exploring the fragility and uncertainty of relationships, and how sometimes even we don’t know what we really want.

Can you tell us more about the upcoming video?

The music video is being released across all social media this week, and is something I’m really excited to share. I wanted to go for a really big look to sit alongside the track, so we went up to film on the North Norfolk coast and got some absolutely amazing shots. After cancelling one weekend before due to really bad rain, we were very lucky with the weather and managed to capture this amazing sunset from the clifftops. The concept behind the video is simple, with the mood really being split into two halves; for a first video it’s something I’m really proud of and can’t wait to get out there.

How was the recording and writing process?

Writing was an interesting one, it took quite a while to get the right chorus, and funnily enough I was actually out walking on holiday in Norfolk when I came up with it – so in a way it’s quite fitting that we also went back there to do the video!

Recording this track was really great experience, and quite different to what I’ve done before in the past. Instead of going in and laying down the parts, it was really about sonics and getting everything to sound and feel just right. All the instruments and bits of production have a purpose in that song, there’s no cheap tricks. If there were any elements put in just ‘for the sake of it’, they’d be taken straight out again.

What role does Adele and The Script plays in your music?

Whenever I get asked to describe what kind of music I make, I always find it quite difficult to come up with comparisons to other artists. I always mention “Adele” and “The Script” though as they’re both large acts that a lot of people would recognise. “The Script” are great as I really think they’ve been able to bridge the gap between creating pop music and keeping the emotion and meaning genuine in a track, and I love Adele’s voice and the way she belts out her notes. It’s a voice anyone would aspire to have…

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Absolutely. I’ve been the studio recording some new material over the last weeks, I’m really excited to share this too. We finished tracking the other day, and now just mix edits and mastering to go. It’s a different type of sound to “The Way You Loved Me”, but the chorus is great and there’s some really cool elements and sections in the track too!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I don’t want to give too much info away just yet, but it should be announced in the next few weeks over on all my social media pages! Coming very soon though….

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely! I’m going to be booking shows from late summer 2016 onwards; very much looking forward to getting out and seeing as many parts of the UK as possible. I’ve had a few tour offers come through already for earlier in the year, but they weren’t right. One of them was trying to get us to pay to come on the tour – you should never have to pay to play shows. There’s nothing wrong with performing for free at the beginning of your career to get experience and develop your fanbase, but you should never have to pay a promoter cash when there’s nothing in it for you – it’s such a scam, and at the end of the day not worth it.

What else is happening next in Bertie Scott’s world?

Apart from the release of the video and the new track in the next coming week/month, I’ve got lots of writing planned, more studio time, and I’m looking at doing a filmed live session of the tracks as soon as possible too! Just trying to push out and get heard as much as possible this year, lots of things in the pipeline coming soon…!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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