With ultra catchy hooks and super bouncy beats, Betty Who is undeniably a pop heroine.
For her latest offering, she has teamed up with Australian singer, song-writer and producer, Jarryd James for a soothing acoustic edit of her original track, ‘Human Touch’ which you’re destined to fall in love with.
The music maker is also set to reveal her new album in the new year, so we thought it was the perfect time to sit down with Betty and find out just what we can expect.
Tell us where the name ‘Betty Who’ came from.
Betty Who was actually the name of a song I wrote when I was a teenager, I just loved the way the name sounded and felt. A few years later when I was putting my project together, I kind of casually mentioned it to a friend of mine, “what if I went by Betty Who?” And he immediately was like, “It’s perfect, never think about it ever again, just go with it!” So I did!
What can people expect from your new album?
I hope people can expect a damn good time. I wrote this whole record with the intention of having a banging live show, I just love dancing and going in on stage. I wanted to have a record that would allow me to do that.
How is the new album different to your first album?
I think I’ve grown up a lot in the last few years and I think you can hear that on this record. I definitely feel more comfortable in my own skin and think I’m a little more emotionally intelligent. I tried to be really honest and open. Every song is for somebody.
Tell us about what it was like collaborating with Jarryd James.
Oh my gosh, Jarryd is one of my favourite humans ever. He is so talented, every time he opened his mouth to sing I had to stop myself from gasping. The first time I heard his voice I knew I wanted to sing with him so it was so fulfilling to finally get to do it!
Who would your dream collaborators be?
James Blake is definitely high up there. Miguel is on the list too.
You were very vocal in campaigning for Hilary Clinton in the U.S election, why should your fans care about politics?
It’s a very interesting time be alive right now. I grew up in Australia where you have to vote, it’s compulsory. So when I moved to America, it became so apparent to me how important young people being involved in politics is. Doesn’t matter who you vote for, just get out and vote. I’m always going to be outspoken about what I believe in and I hope it inspires other people to get involved.
Do you think music has the power to induce social change?
Absolutely. The Beatles wouldn’t have been the Beatles without their impact on social change. The voice they gave to a generation, the commentary they provided when nobody else had the words… “Imagine all the people.” It was the same with Joni Mitchell or Bob Dylan. Music unites people in a way that few other things can.
Looking to the future, tell us what you have planned for 2017.
I hope to tour for almost all of 2017, it’s what I miss the most right now. I cannot wait to be on stage again. I love being in the same room as a group of people who all just came to listen to music and be together. Nothing is better than that.