We get to know Bella Hunter, an Aussie singer songwriter now based in Los Angeles.
She’s got a kick-arse new single called ‘Deja Vu’, big dreams and a list of favourite songs that has to be seen to be believed.
So join us as we scratch the surface a little more and get to know Bella Hunter in our latest feature!
01. Name : Bella Hunter.
02. Where are you based? Los Angeles.
03. How did you get your start in music? Through growing up surrounded by music, through classical training in choirs and seriously hard hustling to make it a career path.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Euphoric. Warm. Fun. Powerful. Playful.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. My sound is very much a female take on electronic house music, happy and fun and honest. But it’s still developing, I think (and hope!) it will be forever until my very last song.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? Probably travelling listening to songs backstage with my dad while he was on tour with his band. Either that or sitting around our house in the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia listening to jazz music and my dad’s new demos.
07. Who have been your musical influences? My parents, my family, my teachers. My brother. And in some part my friends, not necessarily as a direct influence but more as a guide to what was popular. If all my girlfriends like a song it’s either going to be a huge pop song, or a label has put a huge amount of money and promotion behind it so radio stations play it and it gains playlist traction.
Australia at large was influential in regards to my mystic taste, travel and immersing myself in diverse cultures has influenced me massively as well…
08. What are your favourite songs of all time? It changes all the time. That’s an impossibly hard question. And dependant on my mood, location, energetic setting, time of day or night, and company. Here are a couple in no particular order;
‘Eple’ – Röyksopp
‘Bittersweet Symphony’ – The Verve
‘Stay’ – Henry Krinkle
‘Face To Face’ and ‘One More Time’ – Daft Punk
‘Let You Go’, ‘Move For Me’, ‘I Remember’, ‘It’s You It’s Me’ and ‘Be Still’ – Kaskade
‘Love Like This’ – The Establishment
‘Free’ – Ultra Nate (and the Claptone remix)
‘Watch The Sunrise’ – Axwell
‘The Finishing’ – Stavroz
‘It’s You’ – The White Lamp
‘You Make Me Feel Good’ – Satin Jackets
‘Cure & The Cause’ – Fish Go Deep
‘Feel What I Feel’ – Jonas Rathsmann
‘Shadows’ – Pryda
‘Clap Your Hands’ – Whilk & Misky
‘Lady’ – Modjo
‘Music Sounds Better’ – Stardust
‘Caroline’ – MC Solaar
‘Pearls’, ‘Paradise’, ‘Your Love Is King’ – Sade
‘Magical Boy’ – DJ Koze
‘What Else Is There’ – Röyksopp & Thin White Duke
‘Stay With You’ – Lemon Jelly
‘Georgy Porgy’ – Toto
‘Deepest Blue’ – Late September
‘I Got You’ – Duke Dumont
‘Teardrop’ – Massive Attack
‘Angels’ – The XX
‘Flashlights And Explosions’ – Trentmoller remix
‘I’m Not Alone, Thinkin Bout You’ – Calvin Harris
‘Pasilda’ – Afro Medusa
‘Someone Like You’ – Trentmoller
‘Frontin’ – Pharrell
‘Wonderwall’ – Oasis
‘Rose Of Jherico’ – BT Adam K & Soha remix
‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’ – Tavares
‘Rihannon’ – Fleetwood Mac
‘Sing It Back’ – Moloko
‘U Don’t Know Me’ – Armen Van Helden
‘Claire’ – Clarian & Guy Gerber
‘Endless’ – Inna
‘Wicked Game’ – Chris Isaac (and the Parra For Cuva remix)
‘Touch Me’ – Rui Da Silva
‘Love Generation’ – Bob Sinclar
‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ – Crowded House
‘Mr Brightside’ – The Killers
‘Come With Me’ – Nora En Pure
‘Finder’ – Ninetoes
‘Man With The Red Face’ – Laurent Garnier
‘Beautiful’ – Snoop Dogg
‘Remember Me’ – Blue Boy
‘Paris’ – Jay Jay Johnson
‘Havana’ – Ramon Tapia & Stavroz
‘Time To Pretend’ – MGMT
‘Breathe’ – Telepoomusik
‘Corner Of The Earth’, ‘Cosmic Girl’, ‘Alright’, ‘Love Foolosophy’ – Jamiroquai
‘Heartbeats’ – Jose Gonzalez
‘Beautiful Things’ – Andian
‘Tanto Tampo’ – Bebel Gilberto
‘Flashing Lights’ – Kanye West
‘So Good To Me’ – Chris Malinchak
‘Make It With You’ – Bread
‘Claire De Lune’ – Flight Facilities
‘Sinnerman’ – Felix Da Housecat
‘Better Off Alone’ – Alice DJ
‘To Zion’ – Lauryn Hill
‘Desert Rose’ – Sting
‘Walking On A Dream’, ‘We Are The People’ – Empire Of The Sun
‘Burned With Desire’ – Armin Van Buuren
‘Girl From Ipanema’ – Stan Getz
‘Midnight City’ – M83
‘All Good Things’ – Nelly Furtado
‘Benediction’ – Hot Natured
‘Sweet Disposition’ – Temper Trap
‘Freedom’ – Kidnap Kid
‘Oh Baby’ – LCD Soundsystem
‘Bette Davis Eyes’ – Jackie DeShannon
‘Walking With Elephants’ – Ten Walls
‘In Common’, ‘Unthinkable’ – Alicia Keys
‘Glass Table Girls’, ‘What You Need’ – The Weeknd
‘Strange Fruit’ – Nina Simone
‘Rapture’ – Iio
‘You Got Me’ – The Roots ftg Erykah Badu
‘Ringo’ – Joris Voorn
‘Dancing On My Own’ – Robyn
‘Beautiful Life’ – Gui Baratto
‘Hey Now’ – London Grammar
‘Head Over Heels’ – Tears For Fears
‘Cirrus’ – Bonobo
‘Lights & Music’ – Cut Copy
‘Shooting Stars’ – Bag Raiders
‘It Makes You Forget’ – Peggy Gou
‘Yours’ – Steffi
‘Prototype’ – Outkast
‘Sandstorm’ – Darude
‘The Longest Road’ – Morgan Page & Deadmau5
‘Float On’ – Modest Mouse
‘Just The Way You Are’ – Milky
‘Tracey In My Room’ – EGTB
Okay that was longer than intended, and I could seriously keep going for hours but I’ll just leave it there!
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? Everywhere. In my car. At a nightclub. At a beach club. At a festival. At a dinner party. In the studio.
Listen, as in really LISTEN, probably in the studio because the sound quality is so perfect. You can really pay attention to every detail.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling :
Happy? Too many to list. Somewhere between early 2000s happy euro dance, ’70s/’80s pop anthems, cheesy commercial hip hop, epic huge house tracks, and whatever is rotating on Sirius XM BPM.
Sad? Probably some happy juicy tribal house to pep myself up. I don’t enjoy wallowing and I don’t gravitate towards a lot of sad music. There’s more than enough pain in the world for us to focus our time on instead of indulging in extended periods of self pity. I try to feel bouts of darkness, understand and learn from them, then allow them to leave and move forward. I really don’t have much time for “poor me” people.
Introspective? Mellow electronica artists like Shallou, or old school soft hip hop like The Roots or Erykah Badu or MC Solaar.
Exhausted? Very chilled downtempo deep house. My ears are crazy sensitive so I can’t handle anything intense when I’m tired or deflated. Or meditation music. Or loops of rainfall, or some of Moby’s dreamy extended synth loops on the “Calm” app.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? Probably classical music for choir homework… Not so cool at the time but that appreciation for opera and classical music has made me who I am.
12. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I’m Australian, but my heritage is French Polynesian, Scottish and Fijian. I’m like a fruit salad. Or a really good mixed compilation. (But not the type where you glare indignantly at the DJ for switching the vibe and genre mid-set with a “mate you’ve lost the plot” face.)
13. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? Still music. If for some reason I lost my voice, I would still play piano melodies. If for some reason I lost my hearing, I would still write lyrics.
If the world was a cold dark place (where music did not exist and we were all mute), I’d probably be creating beauty though fashion or photography. Or writing books. Or working with animals.
14. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? “Go”. As in, figure out what message you are trying to convey to the world, make a plan, and just GO. Don’t hesitate, because every path is some degree of wrong, but you have to start somewhere.
15. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? Nobody. Even on my worst day. I believe in being grateful for our own blessings and struggles otherwise we’re wasting time not being authentic.
16. Tell us about your latest release. ‘Deja Vu’ was written in New York with an incredibly talented producer (and friend), I couldn’t be happier about the vibe we created…
It’s out now across all streaming platforms and the reception to both the track and the video have been pretty amazing! I think I will love this song for the rest of my life.
17. What has been your career highlight so far? Singing at Miami Music Week, working with Erick Morillo and Chris Malinchak, being pushed to professional breaking point by Afrojack in the studio, and inking my little deal with Armada Music!
18. If you could score a slot on any festival, which would you choose? 11pm, Mainstage at Coachella or Tomorrowland Sunday night. Or maybe Robot Heart 6am Saturday morning set on the last weekend of Burning Man. I also would LOVE to play Tomorrowland Winter, I love the snow and it sounds like wayyy too much fun to ski all day and perform all night…
19. What do your future plans involve? The immediate future includes; writing recording and releasing more music, getting back into the studio in Amsterdam, shooting another music video in November and announcing a huge exciting collaboration, performing at Art Basel in early December and then back to Sydney for Christmas with my fam.
20. Where can our audience catch you live? At one of the big closing parties for ADE in Amsterdam… I’ll be announcing it very soon on my social media so stay tuned!