Interview with Betty Moon

Betty Moon

As a songwriter, music and film producer Betty Moon lives and works in Los Angeles California where she operates Evolver Music Inc. Her music has been featured in a variety of television shows and films including Californication, Dexter, Bounty Hunters, Teen Mom, Walking the Dead, Last Gasp and the upcoming film Butter starring Mira Sorvino.

Moon’s first album deal was with A&M Records, and her self-titled debut LP was released with multiple award nominations while living and touring throughout Canada. Music from her 2019 album ‘Hellucination’ was on the ballot for this year’s GRAMMY nominations with nods for Best Solo Performance and Record of the Year. Hundreds of respected media sources have featured and reviewed Moon’s music including Billboard, Exclaim!, Huffington Post, Celebmix, Ask Men, Rawckus and more.

Getting to know Betty

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Do you sing in the shower? What songs?

Well, to be honest I sing a lot of my own songs or of course stuff I like from over the years. I come up with a lot of vocal ideas in there, which is odd but I’m sure a lot of people can relate to that. Of course I sing in the shower, but more often in my car on en route to wherever my path takes me.

If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title be?

I actually have a 450+ page book finished on my life, right now it’s tentatively titled ‘Hightail to Hollywood’ but we’ll see where that heads. The book has a bit of my life story mixed in with some fun anecdotes from my life in music, the people I’ve engaged with both in and out of the music industry and more.

What was the last thing you dressed up as for fancy dress?

The previous GRAMMY Awards pre-lockdown. That was a fantastic time, and I miss those types of in-person events.

You are a new addition to a crayon box.  What colour would you be and why?

Chrome without a doubt, if that isn’t a thing yet you can bet that would be the new top seller. Can I do some shameless self-promo and put a download/QR code on the back? Hah! 

What historical Figure would you love to see in 21st century life?

Let’s get Andy Warhol back in the mix, we need his creativity and inspiration these days. While risks are always taken in the art world, I think his influence will spill over into many other walks of life in 2021.

If you were a member of the Spice Girls, what would your spice handle be? 

How about Moon Spice? Sounds better than Betty Spice, and I bet they would have new hit singles right about now. 😉 

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

I think Megan Fox would do a great job playing out some of the crazy stories from my 20’s and early 30’s. 

What’s your favourite board game?

Monopoly for sure, even though the game takes forever I enjoy the real estate aspect of it. Do kids know this game is an essential lesson in life? haha!

If you were talking to a younger version of you, what advice would you give yourself?

Get to LA ASAP and take over the industry. I moved to LA a bit later than I hoped, and I could have taken action sooner but what can you do? I LOVE Los Angeles and am proud to call the area home for over 10 years now.

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What first got you into music?

I grew up in a family that loved music and we actually had a recording studio on our property in Toronto. Just being around musicians and producers gave me the bug to do my own thing. From a very young age I developed my own style of singing and learned the ropes on instruments and even the mixing board. Of course I would pick up tapes, records and even CDs at the local shops which helped form my early taste in music. I could really go for a shopping spree at a local shop right about now!

What is your creative process like?

I’m lucky that we live closer to the beach and have some killer views here in Southern California, and I’m sure that’s a good reason why many musicians flock here besides the industry perks. Anyhow, I grab an acoustic guitar and sit outside jamming away different ideas while I hum top lines to get a flow going. If I like either the riff or melody enough, I break out the phone and hit record to keep track of things. If I’m indoors, I may be on the piano going over ideas or even sitting at the desk messing around on Pro tools. You never know when inspiration will strike, and I think it’s important to take notes and be ready to take action if possible. I also have a great studio at home, so getting things done is relatively easy. 

If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

I’ve been listening to a lot of Jane’s Addiction lately, and have been a fan of Perry’s career for decades. I feel his audience would really get me and appreciate the music I create. When I get that call for Lollapalooza you can count me in, that’s for sure.

Are you finding the isolation of the pandemic conducive to your writing or is it hindering the experiences you can write about?

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever been more productive. I’m pretty good at getting shit done, but having that 2020 year indoors really pushed me to make another record….in record time. I love traveling and going out, so I spent 2020 doing my other favorite thing X10 which is making music. As far as topics to write about, there’s never a shortage of that and I tend to stick to a few themes and tell stories about those times in my life.

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What is one message you would give to your fans?

Thanks for sticking with me over the years, it truly means a lot to me and I hope you enjoy the new album Cosmicoma

What would you be doing right now if it weren’t for your music career?

I would’ve become an architect. Or I would be even deeper in the real estate industry. Buying, selling and leasing out properties that are of my taste and style. I already have a lot of success in that realm, but I get my kicks by making music. Being creative is so important, and it truly is my life’s purpose.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

Well, besides the obvious changes with social media, the industry was turned upside down with iTunes about 10 or so years back. That instant gratification is key to a successful business in music these days, compared to before when you had to hunt down physical products and learn about artists via retail stores, radio and magazines. I think it’s better than ever, and has leveled the playing field for artists to be discovered and consumed without spending thousands or even millions of dollars on behalf of a record label. Everything is streamlined, or at least it feels that way.

What’s next for you?

At the moment I’m pushing a new single called “My Only One” and have a new album called COSMICOMA that dropped on May 21st. I’m always working on newer music, but this is what I’m currently pushing right now. I also have some music videos in the work along with other creative content.

Written by Divine Magazine

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