INTERVIEW: Betcha

PHOTO CREDIT: JOEY BRODNAX

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

 Good!! Busy but thats how we like it. It’s been exciting getting this first wave of music out to the world and preparing for our tour with the WLDLFE.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “If That’s Alright”?

It’s a song we wrote out in LA with our buddy Brian Philips (credits include COIN, Walk the Moon) and knew there was something really special from the beginning. The whole song came together in just a few hours and we feel like it is a really good representation of the new-age alt rock direction we are heading with our songwriting and sound. So we had to kick off the year with it.

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

 We had just finished opening for Matt Maeson on tour (if you haven’t checked him out you absolutely should) and were out writing in LA for about a week, and wanted to write something that had a upbeat, driving alt-rock energy that would be fun to play live.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

 So great. We collaborated with our friend/creative director Joey Brodnax for this video. We have known him a really long time and feel like he could help us create a video that would make a strong statement for this new wave of music we are putting out this year. A lot of the magic of the day came from us having fun trying different ideas and trusting Joey and video assistant Drew Bauml’s vision for the playful but very high energy vibe that we were going for, and we couldn’t be any happier with how it turned out.

How was the recording and writing process?

 Really smooth. Brian is a wizard and has worked with so many great bands that we gelled with him immediately. He has amazing instincts for writing alt-rock bangers while really giving each member of the band a place to shine in the song. Since then we have written more with him that you can expect this year 🙂

What role does Nashville play in your music?

Nashville has such a supportive community between artists and musicians which is one of the biggest reasons it is different from any other city. We are lucky to call so many other great musicians our friends and the city is filled with so many incredible people that we are lucky to call it home and expect to be here for the foreseeable future.

What is it like to have received the major reception from some of the biggest up and coming names?

We are so lucky! We are humbled to have toured with some really incredible artists like Matt Maeson, The Band CAMINO, and Kaleo and have learned things from every one of them. They have all found success through putting out great music and giving their all on stage every single night that it helps drive us to learn and try to get better.

How does this recognition actually influences your writing? Do you feel any pressure when putting new music together?

Good question, you would think the pressure could start to build on us in a hurtful way but we feel that it really helps us push our sound and progression as a band forward. A lot of the songs we have written in the past were written right off of a tour with another great artist. California came after touring with Kaleo, and If That’s Alright came right after touring with Matt Maeson, so we go out and play in front of crowds then get home and know the kind of songs we need to write to build our live show and recorded catalog.

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

 Yes absolutely!! Getting a steady stream of music out this year is our biggest goal. A lot of the music on our Falling EP was a combination of a few years of time, but we have written so many songs the past year that we think represent us much more accurately and are songs we are most proud of. So you can expect a lot of new songs.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We do, we are actually preparing for releasing our next single called July in just a few short weeks. We will also have a music video for it to help people really understand our vision and identity for this next wave of music. July is a rocker with a huge, sing-a-long chorus and we think it will make an impact on past fans as well as help give you a soundtrack to your summer.

Any plans to hit the road?

 Yes we actually just announced a full US tour with The WLDLFE! We will be returning to a lot of cities we love along with adding dates in a few we have never been to. We are so excited to hit the road with new songs and are timing up all of our song releases to go along with the tour so our fans can learn these new songs and come rock out with us during the shows.

What else is happening next in Betcha’s world?

 New songs and a new tour! Along with that we bought a van a few months back and are really making him special. His name is Shane and just started an instagram account and everything for him so we are happy to have another friend on the road. Go watch our If That’s Alright music video to see his feature and come see us on riding around town with him on tour.

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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