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INTERVIEW: Betty Moon

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

Great!  As long as I get to continue doing what I love doing I feel blessed and happy to be alive!  Hey thanks again for having me.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Thunder”?

Sure.  Its a quirky, dark dramatic track off my “Pantomania” CD which has a slow, burning aspect to it that appears to resonate with many.  Not unlike having a bad day.

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

A turbulent and tumultuous relationship that affects you to no end. Everyone writes songs about love and happiness.  What about those days when you just want to become invisible.  When people just annoy you and you think the whole world is a dark and horrible place.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes.  As a matter of fact we recently shot the video.  I saw the final cut and it looks really cool and different from most everything else out there.  We shot outdoors and there’s something about sunshine that makes it difficult to portray dismal, depressive, loneliness and solitude. But the “fuck it I’m going for a swim” part works fine.  There’s also a lot of double entendres that are particularly difficult to put forth visually. How do you shoot for a lyric that says “high you know you only wanna fly somewhere”, without animation or birds that you’d have to cast and direct. Music people problems.

The single comes off your new album Pantomania ‐ what’s the story behind the title?

Its been a tradition of mine to come up with a word that does not exist in the English dictionary on every record.   Pantomania relates to the “art of panting”.  You can take it from there or should I be more ambiguous?

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing and recording of this record was a little out of the box. I tend to like writing that way these days.  Certainly a more fun and interesting process. I wrote a lot of it with my current writing partners Jason Ganberg and Owen Barry who are totally awesome to work with.  Several tracks had been written on my own for previous records and after several listens I realized their validity to be heard.

What role does LA plays in your music?

LA is just an inspiration to me all round. It is the city of lost angels and I seem to be as lost as everyone else here. I’ve been visiting since I was fourteen after spending an entire summer here as a teen.  I’ve watched  its transformation over the years which has been interesting.  I love the art scene here.    Drawn to the Design Center and museums LACMA, The Getty, and The Hammer which I frequent with friends. I always find them to be somewhat inspirational having kept my mind open to new concepts, new color, new ways of looking at people, places and objects.  I utilize the stimulation of art as a conduit into the music I make.  And like art it sometimes makes very little sense. lol Logic gets a wee bit boring at times doesn’t it?

Known for blending different genres ‐ does one genre tends to shine out the most depending on  the lyrics’ theme?

Sure.  Rock.  If the music we’ve created doesn’t rock to begin with I ain’t singin’ on it.  My palette of sound has grown larger and larger.  There was a point in my life when I was so elitist and opinionated about what I liked and didn’t like in music. I’ve changed in that I’ve opened my mind and ears up to different genres that I would have never listened to in the past and that has had a profound impact on my sound I believe. The new record is a testament to it but somehow it still sounds cohesive.  Not sure how we pulled that off but we did.

What aspects of nostalgia did you get to explore on this album?

I use to perform Gimme Shelter with my very first band Bambi.  I sang the song again at my girlfriends wedding last year. I wanted to record a completely different version of it and I’m thrilled with the surrealistic and hypnotic vibe that we’ve managed to achieve on the track. The song was a part of my childhood, my teens and twenties and its now become part of the soundtrack of my life.  My favorite lyric in the song is “love sister is just a kiss away”.

Any plans to hit the road?

Many offers to tour coming through but haven’t figured out a way to be in two places at once yet. There are definite tour plans in the works though yes.

What else is happening next in Betty Moon’s world?

A new album is around the corner.  We’ve been working on it this past year and I am so proud of the work we’ve done.  I have never been so excited actually.  Can’t wait for it to get out there!  Hey thank you and everyone at Vents Magazine for everything you’ve done to help generate awareness of the music I make. You guys are totally awesome!

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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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