Thanks for having me. I’m still glittery. How about you?
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bambola”?
I can try.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Just the every day occurrences of being a woman who rescued herself from a sinking ship that oddly enough, took the form of a very convincing human. Casual.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Filming the video for Bambola was one of my favorite processes to date. When writing any song, I usually imagine a scene or video to go with it. Having co-directed my Bambola video and bringing that daydream to life was quite special.
Why did you name the EP after this track in particular?
Great question. I felt “BAMBOLA” had a better ring than “OMG-GUYS-MY SPIRIT NEARLY DROWNED. I MANAGED TO SAVE IT BY JUMPING SHIP. THE WATER IS COLD OUT HERE. BUT LOOK, I’VE MADE IT TO LAND, KEEPING MY HEART SAFE AND STILL SOMEWHAT INTACT FROM A DEADBEAT, WHO MISTOOK ME FOR AN OBJECT.” As a result, I felt just ‘Bambola’ would fit better on print. What do you think?
How was the recording and writing process?
This was the first time I had ever really sat with anyone else to write a song for myself. Looking back, the simple act of finishing some songs brought a sense of closure in opening up to complete strangers. Scott Harris was inspiring. I shared a section of my diary with him and as a result, “Sea of Silence” was born. Rick Markowitz captured the sound I was looking for. We spent days recording live instruments and tried to make “Bambola” as beautiful as possible. I think they’re super talented.
As you gain major success – does that put any pressure on you as you release new material or rather the opposite?
I think there will always be pressure if you’re shy. However, I think the only real pressure can come from opening the door to too many cooks in my kitchen. If I connect with a song, then I’d like to release it. If people like it, it’s a fabulous bonus that we can all connect on. But ultimately, I think the decision to release should be in the artist’s hands as they’re the ones to tell their story and bring it to life.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?
I like to get to know someone a little bit before I begin to write something personal. However, for the most part, I try to remain as unfiltered and honest as possible so we can get straight into it without inhibitions. It’s almost like speed dating (Yikes).
What aspect of your life did you get to explore on this record?
I was able to explore not only being okay with vocalizing vulnerability, but also in yearning and learning to be a warrior. Opening up about something personal was uncomfortable but doing so led to hearing incredible secrets, responses and stories from fans around the world and this made every moment of uncertainty in sharing it, worth it.
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely. *Gulp*. I’ve yet to play my own show but I’ve been working on a fun collection of songs to share with you all for 2019. See you on the other side.
What else is happening next in Betta Lemme’s world?
Releasing my next singles and videos. I don’t usually release 1 song a year, but when I do…