In this edition of #CREATORTALK, we speak to Beatrice Dis ( @beatricedis_official on Instagram). #CREATORTALK is a series of articles and interviews, with a focus on the creative industries and the the talent working within them.
PW- Hey Beatrice! How’s it going?
Everything is pretty good at the moment, thank you. Looking forward to the Summer.
PW- So, first thing’s first. For those who don’t know yet, how would you sum up who you are and what you do?
I am an independent artist; my project is called Beatrice Dis, 5 singles are out, available on all digital services, together with music videos and behind the scenes on YouTube. I would describe my genre as a classy pop: say Jessie J singing Annie Lennox with Phil Collins on drums.
PW- You recently released the beautiful, heartfelt “To My Dad”. Can you tell us a little bit more about this project, and the Cancer Research UK charity event where it debuted?
My dad fought against cancer for 2 years. My co-author Joe Foresta and my producer Mimí Out helped me express the conflicting emotions I had at the time and we recorded a demo for him to have on his phone. Living abroad I wanted the song to be within his reach and able to feel me close anytime. I learned more in those 2 years than in the rest of my life; my parents have been an incredible example of strength, dedication and love. Sadly my dad passed suddenly only a few weeks before my wedding day and after 1 year I decided to honour his memory by releasing the song “To My Dad” publicly. The promoters I teamed up with in Hot Vox happily supported the idea of launching the single during their monthly charity event, and I was delighted it happened in such proximity, only 2 days after the release date. I was very proud to be able and take a moment to introduce the song and actually speak to the audience and share some of the things that my Dad taught me.
PW- I found this track especially heartbreaking, not only because of the content and meaning, but the passion and emotion in your voice. What training have you done with your voice, to get it to such a great level?
I love this question because it actually took a lot of work. At the beginning I couldn’t finish the song without crying; every word is like a Pandora’s box for me.. When we decided it would be released on the year anniversary, I put an extra effort to nail down my performance and record it the best way I could. That is also why we are promoting the song with a video shot during the recording of my vocals; the pain is real and raw. My grieving process is slow; being distant from my family, I feel isolated in my pain and I live with the incredible legacy my dad left behind with deep sadness.
PW- The production of the track was done by producer Mimí Out. What can you tell us about working with Mimí?
Mimí’s influences are the ’80s and great drummers and producers like Phil Collins and Steward Copeland. He is also a massive fan of Jared Leto and 30 Seconds to Mars. As you can imagine, his touch brings a strong print to my songs and adds an energetic twist to my live performances. He graduated at Percussions Conservatory in Italy and music production at Abbey Road Institute in London. We also released a song together called “The Run” where I feature as lyricist, top liner and singer. You can check it up on Mimí Out’s digital pages (iTunes, Soundcloud, Spotify, Deezer etc).
PW- What plans do you have for the future?
I recently joined the Featured Artists Coalition where I hope I can get the support and guide to grow as an indie artist. A new single is also in the making and hopefully it’ll be released by the end of July.
PW- This blog focuses heavily on creativity and the real people behind the art. How does creativity affect you on a day to day basis? Do you get super inspired out and about, or is it more of a focused effort, where you can shut off from the world and just think?
I have never been of one those prolific songwriters who just write and write. I get inspired by music. I do have a journal so I can keep my thoughts clear, but they only become a song when I’m inspired by music. This is why I work with the genius Joe Foresta; we have an incredible bond and he always knows what’s running through my mind, and what type of music can help me release those feelings. On the other hand singing is in my veins, it makes me feel complete and singing on stage is where I feel mostly myself. I tend to be quite reserved and introverted in real life, but on stage I allow myself to share bits of me I would otherwise conceal.
PW- In this kind of economy and industry, it can be tough to feel like you’re moving forwards sometimes. How do you battle these feelings when they come up, and do you have any advice to other people who might be struggling in a similar way?
You are perfectly right! That’s why I was so happy when I met the team behind FAC (Featured Artists Coalition). Indie artists do most of the jobs on their own (music, marketing, social media, gigs, promotion..) and it shouldn’t be like this. It ends up not even being effective! Reach out to other professionals, other musicians. I am open for collaboration!
PW- And final question! It’s more of an invitation actually. Use the next few sentences to self-promote the hell out of what you’re up to, what we can see etc, no judgement!
Look me up on social media and follow what I do for a while. If I bore you to death, you are officially allowed to message me like a proper hater. If not, you will have a new entertaining channel to watch every now and then and maybe concerts to go to and new songs to listen to. Stream my songs on any digital platform and pass them on to friends and family if you feel they could touch the chords of someone you know. Thank you!
You can find links and more of Beatrice’s work at http://www.beatricedis.com/