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INTERVIEW: Bota

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

Hi VENTS! I’ve been great, thank you. Just released my new single and the music video, can’t be more excited about it!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Once In A Lifetime”?

‘Once in a lifetime’ or ‘OIAL’ (abbr.) is my second single. I think the title of the song speaks for itself 🙂 All of us can think about that one person that ignited our hearts like no one else could. That special spark, chemistry and the fireworks from the first time we meet them. I feel like a lot of people experience one of a kind love story once in their lives and can relate to the song.

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

Yes, I was inspired by my personal experience. OIAL is about my short love affair and it has finished as quickly as it has started but it has definitely left its impact on me. I remember I found myself next to piano and there was nothing else I really wanted to write about than my recent romance since it felt quite intense, like diving into the deep ocean. This song was some kind of an emotional relief for me. Once I have written it I felt thankful to that person and smiled because it all happened.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The music video shoot is definitely something I won’t forget! It felt like I have spent a great day doing fun things. We filmed it all in one day. It was pretty hectic since we had to film it at the various locations around London. We wanted to capture the full day of a couple being together. Imagine, you meet someone, you both madly fall in love with each other and just forget about the rest of the world. The main actor, Josh Barrientos, was the best ‘screen boyfriend’ I could ever wish for! He was such a professional and I felt very comfortable around him. I guess that’s why we ended up looking so natural in the video.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was random to be honest. I haven’t thought that I was about to make my next single. ‘Once in a lifetime’ lyric just felt so right and it felt strong enough to build the song around it. Pre-chorus melody is the one that this song has started with, I were repetitively humming it for a week and couldn’t get it out of my head! I had two sessions with two different producers. During my first session with the producer Cameron Bloom we shaped the concept of the overall sound and the flow of the song. When I left the studio I couldn’t stop listening to the demo version of the song. I think at that point I knew that this demo was going to turn into something significant. Tylr Rydr has finalised the track and gave it his own spin. I think OIAL wouldn’t become what it is now without both of them.

What role does London play in your music?

London gives me an opportunity to get inspired by other songwriters and artists: the ones who are just starting and the ones who are gaining worldwide recognition. I think London music scene is so historical and diverse, you never know what new genre or movement might start the next day or month. I find that some artists are actually being intimidated by the competition of the mainstream music. Whereas, I find that current freedom of expression is endless and it gives every artist a chance to find their own niche and audience. Also being able to attend music events and masterclasses, where I get to network with other creatives and sometimes we might end up collaborate together. So it has definitely broaden my musical horizons and shaped my understanding of the music industry. And as Sinatra sang: If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere!

How your upbringing has influence your music?

Since it all has started with classical music and piano for me I had to practise for about 6 hours a day in order to learn advanced classical pieces and take part in competitions. So it has definitely taught me on how to be hard-working and self-disciplined. Some people might think that being a ‘pop’ musician or an artist means it a ‘fun’ and ‘easy’ thing to do. However, the only difference I found from being a classical musician to being an artist is that you create your original music. But the hours of practice and hardwork are still there! 🙂

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than in your own?

Absolutely! I think being an artist is about collaborating with others. You write your songs but then you need other creatives to help you put it out there and turn your ideas into reality. I am now talking about visual side of the project, for example. At times it is challenging to find ‘the right’ people for your team since your music is so personal to your heart and being able to find people who would care about your creativity and share your concepts can take some time. I always strive to meet-up with anyone I would like to work with. When you see them in person and speak to them you can feel straight away if that person is right for you and your project. I always tend to trust my intuition. It is also about developing your leadership skills, when you are starting out you will be the one who controls the whole project. So it is about taking sufficient amount of time to prepare everything and work with true professionals.

How do you go on blending your classical influences with your much modern ones?

I appreciate the sound of real instruments and always tend to have these in my arrangements, especially piano. I believe it has to do with its ‘realness’ and if it wasn’t piano I wouldn’t have started writing songs so I have that special bond with it. Also, I find that any classical piece sounds complete without any ‘additional’ production on it and that is the key for me. If my song can sound good with just the piano chords and melody then the core of the song is there.

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

Absolutely! I am in the process of finishing my new songs and get it all ready for 2019. I can tell that upcoming releases will blend into one conceptual story, which will eventually speak about myself as an artist.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

You will hear back from me around February-March! 🙂

Any plans to hit the road?

I am currently gigging in London but have in mind to hit the road in the near future along with the new releases.

What else is happening next in Bota’s world?

I have my headline show this Sunday at Burlock, and very excited to perform ‘once in a lifetime’ live!

Soundcloudhttps://soundcloud.com/botamusic/once-in-a-lifetime

Music Videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqHCy1OFJC4

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Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/bota/507883157

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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