Get to know Bella B from Brisbane! In our latest feature, we discover the meaning of her debut single ‘Light On’.
Not only that, she gives us a little more insight into how she honed her skills and developed them into the artist she is today.
Which artists does she love, what was her first ever album and where’s her go-to place to listen to her favourite tracks.
Discover the answers to those and many more questions right here.
01. Name : Bella B.
02. Where are you based? Brisbane, Queensland.
03. How did you get your start in music? I started piano at around nine and singing around 10. I remember my teacher telling me I “sparkle” when I sing. I think that was definitely a push for me, it felt really natural.
I wrote my first song that same year. It was called ‘I Miss It All’ and was about my close friend who had just moved to Brisbane from another city. I tried my best to write through her eyes and thoughts, and I think it helped me to understand her point of view and process that.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Relatable, ethereal, cinematic, gentle vocals, lifting.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. Through my early teens, I took inspiration from ’90s alternative, rock and folk. My parents are music lovers and I grew up listening to Paul Kelly, The Smashing Pumpkins, Oasis and The Pixies.
I thought I’d take that path, but in the later years of high school I started to branch out and developed a love for ethereal sounding pop. There’s something special about it that makes the world seem surreal and full of possibility.
06. What’s your earliest musical memory? Whenever I hear an Oasis song, I’m taken back to the weekend coast trips with my dad. On the way home he’d get me to put the ‘Definitely Maybe’ CD in the CD player. We’d put the seat warmers on and watch the explosion of a sunset on the way home. It’s a really vivid memory of mine. Every time I hear those songs I’m instantly back there in my mind.
I also remember my mum singing me ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ by James Taylor and Elton John’s ‘Daniel’. We’d sing a line each until I fell asleep. At that point I couldn’t pronounce words properly, but I gave it my best.
07. Who have been your musical influences? I’d say Paul Kelly had a big influence on my lyric writing. As a child, I’d hear his music so often, my parents commenting on his storytelling abilities. I think I started off my songwriting journey with that in mind, to tell some kind of story through your words, has such an impact. I obviously do it a little different to him, but I draw my inspiration from his words.
08. What are your favourite songs of all time?
Lennon Stella – ‘Feelings’. To me, it’s a song about her reclaiming her worth.
Oh Wonder – ‘Landslide’. You can get lost in the song and I find it’s on repeat and I don’t even realise.
Mallrat – ‘Drive Me Round’. I love the way the song starts and finishes in different places. It’s a real journey.
09. Where’s your favourite place to listen to music? I love to put my speaker on when I’m home alone or late at night. For some reason, music feels different late at night. Late night driving and music is the perfect combination.
10. Who are your go-to artists when you’re feeling : Happy? Sad? Introspective? Exhausted?
Day to day, I love listening to Lennon Stella. She has this amazing ability to combine sad lyrics with beautiful melodies and sounds.
On rainy days I’ll listen to Oh Wonder. To me, their music is comfort and beauty and that’s the same way I feel about a rainy day.
If I’m having a chill study day I listen to Still Woozy. It’s not like the style I write in, but it’s super cool and groovy.
I’ll listen to Emerson Leif late night driving. I feel like there’s an artist and a song for every occasion.
11. What was the first album you ever bought? It’d have to be ‘Fearless’ by Taylor Swift. I adored her as a kid. Before my first kiss, first love or crush I was belting out all her love songs on that album.
12. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? I have always been so interested in criminology and forensic science. My Netflix is full of true crime. It’s far off music, and I’m not sure I’d be cut out emotionally for the work!
13. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Everytime I get worried I won’t be able to sing a line or hit that high note my amazing producer Tom Eggert tells me I can. And usually, it comes out. It’s all about the mindset and having someone there who’s a push of positivity who reminds me to say “Yes I Can” has been the best thing for me.
14. What’s been the highlight of your musical journey so far? I think performing a slot at Bigsound in 2019 was pretty amazing for me. I didn’t realise how cool performing could be until that point. To connect with an audience while they’re right there, is totally different to recorded music.
15. What’s been the strangest experience you’ve had in the business? I finished my schooling at Music Industry College (MIC). It’s one of only a few music high schools in the world. It felt surreal to be there, a very different approach to learning. To this date, it’s been the best decision I made to move there and make the connections and memories I did.
16. If you could trade places with any artist in the world right now, who would it be? Probably CXLOE. She is always developing her style, and with every single or EP we get to come along for the journey.
17. Tell us about your debut release. ‘Light On’ is a reflection on a relationship. It’s all about a person who is afraid of commiting to one person, while the other tries to convince them to leave their “light on” and stick around.
18. What do your future plans involve? I have some unreleased tracks that I can’t wait to share. I hope to release them and continue writing with other people and develop my craft as much as I can. I love working with other people on creative projects, so I hope to keep songwriting for other artists.
19. Where can our audience catch you live? I hope to have some gigs in place soon. Until then, stay tuned and keep an eye out on my socials!