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Introducing: Betty Who

Thursday 25 January 2018
Words Alice Bell

The Australian passionate pop princess, Betty Who is racing into 2018 with two EP’s, two albums and her biggest US headline tour to date. Betty got her break when a cover of her song ‘Somebody Loves You’ soundtracked a YouTube clip of a gay marriage proposal which went viral and has racked up over 15 million views.  From here she was picked up by RCA and has had support slots with the likes of Katy Perry, Kiezsa, Kylie Minogue, several sold out US headline shows and festivals including Lollapalooza. Despite her busy schedule, the lovely Betty Who took time out to have a quick catch up with Spindle to discuss all things music:

Hey Betty Who! First of all, can you tell us how you got into music?

I’ve been studying music my whole life. I was put into cello lessons when I was four and never looked back.
Can you tell us about your relationship with music when you were growing up? 
I was constantly getting into trouble for blowing off classes because I was always in music lessons.  Drums, theory, cello, bass, songwriting, singing, piano… I wanted to immerse myself and not be bothered by such mundane studies like Biology…
Who did you listen to and how have they impacted your music?
I have really eclectic music taste.  I’m a fan of most kinds of music (except scream music – can’t do it, won’t do it).  I especially loved the era of Britney and NSync and early Christina.  I’m very influenced by Max Martin’s golden years.
You independently released your first EP ‘The Movement’ and you later got signed by RCA Records and released ‘Slow Dancing’ – how did you feel when you first got signed by RCA? And how do you feel you’ve developed as an individual and an artist, since then?
I have learned so much about myself and the music business in the last six years.  I’m really grateful for the experiences I’ve had because I feel so much more self assured and grown up now, like I belong in every room I’m in. 
Your second album, ‘The Valley’ came out in March last year – what’s this album about? What writing process did you use?
It’s about my life, my relationships, my friends and family, my heartache, my triumphs… It’s sort of like a time capsule of my early twenties.  I’m so proud of that record, it took about two years to finish but man do I love it.
What’s your favourite track on the album; and what is the story behind it?
Wannabe is one of my favourite songs I’ve ever written.  I was in the studio with Ali Tamposi and we were talking about the feeling of loving someone who sort of thinks of you as a little sister and how hard it is, how sad they make you while also making you feel like the most special person in the world.  If I remember correctly, we wrote the song in like an hour and a half because we were both so inspired and related to each other so deeply.
As well as working with producer/writer, Peter Thomas you’ve also worked with Justin Tranter and artists such as Warren G and Superfruit. What’s it been like working with collaborators? 
I love collaborating. I know what I have to offer, what I bring to the table, so finding the people who can fill the voids of all the things I can’t do has been so rewarding and fun. Especially since almost every person I’ve ever collaborated with has been the most wonderful human beings. I’ve been very lucky.
What would your dream collaboration be?
James Blake. My fiancee loves him so much and he’s been the soundtrack to so many of my big life moments that I think it would just be so full circle.
We love your cover of Donna Lewis’ ‘I Love You Always Forever’! Why did you choose this song to cover?
I’ve loved this song since I was six years old so it was a no brainer to do a version of it, although I had no idea it would actually be successful.  I wanted to make it to hold myself and my fans over while I was finishing my album and now it’s one of my most successful songs to date.  
What’s the story behind the video?  
I wanted to make a video that exposed love, whether romantic or not, in all forms. It doesn’t matter who you are or what parts you have, love is love and it can be with anybody.  
You’ve got a big tour coming up in the US! What’s your favourite part about touring and performing?
The first five minutes of the show are always pretty epic.  It’s all of my childhood dreams come true, so every night on stage I get to stop and be grateful for that.  Most people don’t get to live out their kindergarten dream so I’m incredibly moved by that every time I walk on stage.
Will you be coming to the UK anytime soon?
I HOPE SO.
Have you got any new music coming out this year? What can we expect?
Yes! Ignore Me is my first single as an independent artist since my EPs came out, so I’m so excited to share many more songs this way.  
Lastly, what advice would you give young artists coming into the game?
Be YOU. Dr Seuss had it right. There is no one alive who is youer than you.  Find what that is, find who you wanna be and be that, authentically and whole heartedly.
Listen to Ignore Me below: