INTERVIEW: Experimental-pop phenom Bel showcases versatility and growth with spoken word EP, T1
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Melbourne based experimental-pop artist Bel brings her killer style and sought after aesthetic to her latest project T1.

Opening her new EP with a five minute spoken word arrangement is a risk Bel knew she needed to take. By pulling samples and instruments from each song on the album, Bel tells her story with a clear vision in mind. The musician uncovers the blanket cradling her ethos and her vulnerability as she continues to stretch her creative prowess.

You are a woman of many talents, a true visionary if I do say so myself! Was music always a part of that creative vision?

Wow that is so damn kind I am blushing through the screen. Music has, and will always be, the centre of my focus as an artist. I see fashion and visual artistry as extensions of my music and the overall brand I am trying to create. Whilst I wasn’t always sure if I wanted to pursue music because I was scared of how ruthless the industry is, now that I am firm in that decision, music is my 100% focus.

Talk us through your writing process of T1, how did you come up with the concept for the visuals? Are the mountains symbolic?

T1 (A Spoken Word) came blurting out of me in like ten minutes. When I sat down to write in, I realised so quickly how important it was that I wrote it at all. Every word of that poem comes from the pit of my stomach, depth of my ethos as a human. In 10, 20, 30 years time, I can look back on that piece of work and feel proud because it shows exactly who I am and what I stand for. The visuals were shot before the poem was even written which is fortuitous indeed. Mountains are always symbolic, don’t you think?

Did the confessions present in T1 stem from personal experience or did you pull from any specific outside influences?

Everything I write is personal to an extent, though I do draw reference from other people’s experiences, emotions and stories. That being said, my story is at the centre of all my work. I don’t want to write about things that I am uninformed on. I know my human experience better than anyone, and my goal is to write music that people can relate to.

Not many artists can achieve a level of artistry where they bridge the gap between tracks on a project, but you seemed to have mastered this with TI. What was the connecting piece for this EP?

I think because I made T1 as a series, a story with a beginning, middle and end, it’s cohesive in this way. Typically, an EP or LP is a collection of random tracks put together and I didn’t want to conform to that. My intention is to always present a story, so I am really happy it comes across that way. Before I piece any body of work together, the overall umbrella project has to be thematically clear to me. I am working on my next body of work at the moment and instead of just writing random songs, I am thinking about a story and what is the best way to tell this story. It’s just perspective shifting. That’s what does it.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years (in a perfect world)?

I seldom like to reveal my dreams or hopes for the future in fear that they sound ridiculous or unrealistic, but fuck it, I see myself with Grammys as well as successful collaborations across fashion and music. Maybe with a hot husband or wife too.

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photo by: James Mountford
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