INTERVIEW: Bella Kaye

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

Hi. Thanks for having me. I’m doing well.

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

I wrote this song when someone was taken from me unexpectedly, and I wasn’t able to see them. Songwriting is always a great way for me to cope with my emotions, and it definitely helped me in this case. 

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

Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic inspired me to write this song. Being under a stay-at-home order accentuated my feelings, and I spent a lot of time reflecting. I wrote this song as a way to process my feelings and find comfort in being separated. 

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Due to the stay-at-home orders that were in place, I wasn’t able to create a music video for this song. However, I did create a lyric video for it. You can find it on my YouTube channel Bella Kaye. At this point, I am focusing on my next releases and hope to create a music video for those. 

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote this song, along with all my other music so far, by myself. However, with this song the writing process was a little bit different. This was because I wrote the second verse first. Usually the second verse is one of the last things I write but for this song the second verse became the focal point of how I built the song. The production was a little more tricky since it was during the pandemic. Luckily my producer is set up for remote production so it all worked out.

What role does Southern California play in your music?

I moved to Southern California almost five years ago, and I feel like that was a turning point for my music. Once I started learning guitar, I began performing at local coffee shops. In the summer of 2018 I performed several shows at the San Diego County Fair. Performing on a big stage in front of large audiences became another turning point in my career. This is when I realized how much I truly love to perform. This also motivated me to start writing my original music. I’m very grateful to have moved here and obviously love the weather as well!

How has Taylor Swift and Madison Beer influenced your writing?

Taylor Swift is a huge inspiration in many ways. In her songwriting, I admire the way she tells stories. She’s able to creatively paint a picture and bring each song to life in a different way, which I really look up to. She’s also an amazing performer with an extremely captivating stage presence. I went to her Reputation Stadium Tour twice and will never forget the feeling of seeing her perform live. She is so talented! I really like the vocal techniques Madison Beer uses. She has really good breath control in particular, and she inspires me to be a better vocalist. In addition, she uses a lot of vocoder and other vocal effects which influences me to incorporate similar elements in my own music.

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

Yes, for sure. I am about to release my next single. It’s actually a cover of “Happy Together”, originally by The Turtles. The first time I heard the song I knew I wanted to do my own version of it. The original song is a very lighthearted pop song from the 60’s, but when I heard it, it inspired me to create a sad version with emotions of longing and desire.I am also planning to release another original single which I’m super excited about. I’m hoping it will be ready to be released by end of July. You can follow my Instagram (@iambellakaye), Facebook (Bella Kaye) and website (www.bellakaye.com) for the exact release date.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Yes, my cover of “Happy Together” is releasing July 10th on all streaming platforms. Stay tuned for an official release date for my next original single. 

What else is happening next in Bella Kaye’s world?

I am excited for the summer and a break from school so I can focus even more on my craft. I am looking forward to writing, recording and releasing new music and also enjoying the summer!

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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