Interview

BETTY WHO

Pop music fans may already be aware of Betty Who, the Australian musician who made waves with her debut album Take Me When You Go in late 2014. The album, which was a glossy ode to modern pop music, put the singer on the map, with some even touting her as this generation’s answer to Cyndi Lauper. Since then she’s been busying herself in the studio recording the follow up, which is due out later this year, and if early reviews of her latest music are anything to go by, anyone unaware won’t be asking “who” for much longer.

What is your earliest memory of music?

Buying "Hit Me Baby One More Time" on tape when I was probably six years old. I think I listened to the tape so much I burned it out.

You make unashamed pop music, do you think that pop has lost its ‘uncool’ tag now?

I never really thought of pop music as being uncool. I know other people did around me and I definitely have experienced a few eye rolls in my direction when I say I write pop music, but I've always just loved it. Pop stands for popular, that's the best part about it. It brings people together.

How have pop stars of the early 00s - Britney, NSync etc - influenced your music and how you write?

It was a different era of pop music, so curated and packaged perfectly for a consumer. I think this generation of pop is more artist driven which is good for me because of the kind of artist I want to be, but I loved every minute of the old era. Every song, every music video; it was so exciting.

Could you pick an all-time favourite pop song? And why this choice?

Oh my gosh, no it's too hard. If I had to choose one, Love At First Sight by Kylie Minogue is up there.

What did you learn from being on tour with Katy Perry and Kiesza?

I learned so much from both tours. It's really inspiring to spend time with women you admire who are on their grind. Sometimes it feels like you're the only person in the world experiencing the things you're experiencing, so to see other people hustle and persevere, it lights a fire under you.

You’re working on your second album, what can fans expect and how has it evolved from the first one?

I wrote this album with the intention of having a record that would be so much fun to play live. Every song on the album has a specific purpose within the live show, whether it's to make you dance or to fall in love or cry (and probably dance at the same time).

Style is a big part of your persona, how important is having a distinct style for an artist now? And what sums up your style?

I have no idea what sums up my style, I sort of feel like I'm all over the place all the time! I like trying all types of different styles, I think the biggest thing I've learned is how to dress for my body. If you know how to do that, you can pretty much wear anything that you're comfortable in. I think that makes you individual as an artist.

Finish this sentence: 2017 will be the year that...

I play a show in Japan! It's my 2017 goal!

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