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INTERVIEW: Betty Moon

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

Things are great, it’s been a busy week in the studio so far working on new music with some great new co-writers. Even though I’m still pushing my current album ‘Chrome’, it’s in my nature to to stay ahead of the curve and write as much fresh music as possible. I’ve been feeling really inspired lately, and the new material should  really blow people away. Its fresh, modern, new and its not what everyone is doing so I’m pretty stoked and I think you will be too once I let this giant cat and a half out of the bag. I’m in love with love… yes. But can you feel my angst, and can you sense my rage?

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

“Parachute” was one of the final songs I wrote for ‘Chrome’, and is really about finding that escape in life when you feel stuck or limited by people around you and by the circumstances that surround you. F**k that noize. Sometimes your only choice is to be brave, pick up the pieces, put your jacket on and take off.  Doing what is right for you and not for anybody else but you. I’m not sure exactly what I was feeling at the time, but the song was penned for all my listeners so they can interpret it the way they like. We also shot this pretty exciting music video for the song with my full band playing live as well. It’s out now and it’s been catching a lot of raves and praise.

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

Nothing specific, I was going for an overall theme with ‘Chrome’ and “Parachute” really fit in with some emotions and past stories I was thinking about at the time. Bravery, courage, and having the convictions of your passions is fairly important to me. Half of my songs are really just storytelling reflective and introspective. I  tend to leave it up to you to interpret the meaning and make the song your own during that 3 to 5 minutes.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Filming can be very “hurry up and wait”. But shooting this video was quick and painless, and we were having a blast filming our live experience and capturing our whole vibe. If anything, the post work is what took the most time and I really wanted to pair the right kind of scenery with the full band performance. It helps that I’ve been directing and producing for a long time, so I literally took the footage after the shoot and got to work editing. It was a long night, but I have to admit that I do love this stuff! I’m not trying to be aesthetically perfect I’m just trying to put the song across in a way that suits the music.

The single comes off your new album Chrome – what’s the story behind the title?

I’ve given my take on the album name a few different ways, but it’s really about living well, taking your lumps, enjoying your  life and being authentic in everything you set out to do. Not everything goes the way you plan and people can be disappointing at times and let you down.  Being your own badass and getting into the zen of everything you do is truly what matters to me. I’ve always praised the underdog and that’s how I roll.

How was the recording and writing process?

It took about a year to write the album and jam out the songs with my band to get things right. I recorded the album over a short period of time since everything was already dialed in beforehand. With anything related to audio/video, I just really enjoy it so time is never an issue. That being said, the album probably came together quicker than anything else I’ve produced and mixed in the past.

What role does LA play in your writing?

I’m always out and about in Los Angeles. Its such as vast place but lately I’ve been hanging out a lot in Malibu. When I moved to LA years ago it was to have a change of pace and start over. It’s so amazing living close to it all, and everything about it including all my friends and team here really make my writing process so much easier. I’m way more disciplined. Spending a lot of time in my car getting me from A to B is a bit weird,  but the travel time gives me a chance to come up with different ideas and themes for my music. In addition, there are some great rehearsal studios to work on these tracks live.

What aspect of self-empowerment did you get to explore on this record?

The kind that is full of imagination haha. No, I think my music has always had an element of self-empowerment in it, but especially with ‘Chrome’ I wanted to drive home that theme of a “shiny existence”. Keep abreast of topical situations, stay ahead of the curve and try to be smart about your choices in life. And sometimes you just have to kick back, let loose and have fun.  I dedicated “Parachute” to Women’s History Month as well, as the song fits perfectly for those who are looking to make that change and become the person they’ve always wanted to become.

Any plans to hit the road?

At the moment I’m working on my next record, and another video  but we are also are in discussions with some ragingly cool promoters, and some great artists and festivals so there will be a bunch of live dates. I’m pumped and we’ll keep you abreast of things and updated!

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

I’m mainly working on new music for the next record, but we’re also insanely busy promoting the “Parachute” single and music video. We are extremely selective and have turned down a few opportunities that do not suit the Betty Moon brand. But there’s always something new and exciting coming our way daily, so things are always evolving day to day and life is but a dream. Hey just get your parachute on and be ready for the next trip.

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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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