Based off what we’ve seen, you have some great style. What’s your take on fashion and music being tied together?
I’ve always seen fashion as directly being tied to music all around the world. They are so connected, especially when you think about the type of music and how the artist influences fans and pop culture as a whole. A famous hip-hop artist wears a shoe on an awards show, next thing you know thousands are wearing the same thing to school within weeks. As for the artist, I think we groove more with our own personna and individual style and change. More than just for music videos, photo shoots and playing live, the type of clothing we wear is a direct reflection of how we want to present ourselves and what we want to portray. It’s sometimes hard to describe but my influences extend from the past and staying ahead of curve to move into the future. We are expected of it and I think it just comes natural to us since we live it day to day. I know that I’ve been described as a trendsetter and I see people copying my thing on a regular basis but then it’s been said imitation is a form of flattery so that sits well with me I suppose.
How does music impact fashion?
Personally, I think it’s important to have your own style. I tend to respect individuality far more than see people who just follow trends and wear the latest. That’s too easy and not as interesting as those that take chances, break trends, set them, and have more fun with their look. I’ve already established my own sense of style but I do break it up a bit so I’m not just repeating myself. People that love music look to the leaders in music to inspire their style and since they love what they hear, why not cop the look as well? I’ve always loved fashion and magazines since a young teen and I know what works for me and makes me feel good. Music should make people feel empowered and so should fashion. It can be elegant, sexy and cool but it can also be really thought-provoking.
What has been your favorite part of living in LA so far?
Well, I really love the traffic! Hah, well really it’s being in the mixing pot of what makes LA amazing. From the art, culture, food to the shopping, LA has it all and is always on the cusp of what’s fresh and interesting. It doesn’t hurt being close to the best location in the music industry as well. Driving the canyons helps me write continuously, because it makes me feel free while the ocean has a way of being mesmerizing and uplifting. I’m a pisces which means I’m naturally drawn to the water. LA is vast so it never gets boring.
Where are some of your favorite places to shop and eat in LA?
If I told you I’d have to kill you (haha kidding). Occasionally I will go to vintage shops, which I’ve always loved doing along with my girlfriends. It’s one of those things you do with someone because you get to run your cool finds by them and see what they think. These days I also seem to visit Westfield Century City Mall on the west side (it has the best Bloomys) as well as The Grove for many reasons. There’s so many favorites but a couple that come to mind are Top Shop, Forever 21, Nordstroms and Barneys. If you’ve got a keen eye you can find something cool in any shop really. But I am still a huge fan of shopping vintage and putting things together that are not really supposed to work but somehow do. It’s important to take some risk. When things “go” too well together it can get a little redundant. Edgy, sexy, even simple at times is a good way to put things together for a look that stops traffic and gets people staring at you from every which way..
You recently released a new single and music video for “Parachute”, tell us about that.
“Parachute” is my latest single from ‘Chrome’ which came out late last year. At first it wasn’t going to be a single but we had so much feedback saying it was a favorite and just went for it. It was awesome shooting the music video and really brought the song to such a new level. The song is about getting past those fears and things holding you back in life. Don’t just dream about being awesome, just f&*king do it! Make the leap, and life will figure the rest out for you. In other words, have the convictions of your passions. You’ll make mistakes but at least you can say you tried it… once. haha.
So you also produce albums and music videos, so much talent! What got you into that?
I’ve always been fascinated with the process, and as I did some of my earlier albums I always kept a close watch on the engineer and producer to see how they did it. I’m also not the easiest artist to work with so it was more survival than anything else. After asking question after question I decided to get my own gear and learn the stuff myself. It’s therapeutic much of the time, and gives me the control I prefer when working on new Betty Moon tracks. I also continue to co-write because there’s nothing like a combination of minds and pooling creative talent. The results are just different that way. Learning about camera work came naturally after years of living with a photographer and filmmaker, and has proved to be naturally liberating when I create content for myself and occasional clients.
Any other LA based artists you are into right now?
I’ve been working with Eric Zayne whom I’ve been vibing with recently. There’s so many here that are on the verge of breaking but no one as cool as Betty Moon haha! My new album is sounding DOPE so it’s hard to break out of my own vortex of sound.