Artist Interviews

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Mary Woodcock

19.7.2017

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We came across BeArte whilst on the hunt for music to fit a project with a ‘Halloween’ theme. She really stood out with her beautiful production skills and very unique, distinctive voice.

BeArte is a fascinating artist, with a drive for progressive writing and a love for breaking traditional boundaries within music. We were very excited to get to know the mind behind such interesting creations. Here’s what we chatted about…

Give us an introduction to yourself!

I am a believer in the power of the collaboration between a strong melody and rhythm. Recording and processing sounds which are not in a library gives me a special “spice of excitement”, which is inspired by the work of Delia Derbyshire. It is like mixing a new colour that changes the whole soundscape.

Photo taken by Anton Kammerl

What inspired you to start writing music?

When joining my first rock bands I got inspired by Led Zeppelin, Supertramp, Queen, Pink Floyd, Skunk Anansie, Janis Joplin, Musicals, Peter Gabriel, Tina Turner, Synth- and 80ies music, Michael Jackson. After listening to “The Sensational Alex Harvey Band”, I wanted to become the theatrical female counterpart.

I was also shaken by the power of “The Prodigy”. How can someone make music and express everything that I was feeling? I also discovered Laurie Anderson who was sonically making her mark on the world with a message; using music to make people aware of things. The Punk attitude of “The Clash” impacted me, with their demands and power to say no! Kate Bush and Björk have also been key artists within my process of refining my own artistry.

BeArte Producer

What are you currently working on?

What process do you go through when writing?

How do you feel about the current musical climate?

How do you think that a site such as Music Gateway, can impact how the industry works?

What advice could you offer to producers starting out?

Be a “sponge” – listen to as many different productions as possible. If it resonates with you, it is a part of you. This way, you are finding and creating your own style.

If it is in your blueprint, play around, be wild and experiment. The shaping and structuring comes late. If you are structured, do it your way, but always experiment and have fun (through all the desperate phases as well).

What is your approach to writing to a moving image?

When I start composing for a project I carefully watch the visual to get the vibe and the overall emotional concept. Of course, I keep a tight eye to the directors brief and the process of workflow, to make sure I don’t go off-track or miss a deadline. If we miss the brief, not even the best composition in the world can save us!

After the first overall impression, I begin marking the changes and transitions. Transitions are a big one. I’m always really accurate during this part, zooming into the marked point to make sure that the note is precise. In this rare case, perfectionism is a good thing!

I constantly reference my composition back to the visuals. In my setup, I use two separate screens for the films; one desktop for the visuals, one for the Audio session. Also, breaks do a great deal to the process – it really helps to come back with fresh ears and eyes!

What has been your career highlight so far?

Working in one of the last Holy Grails of recording studios: Olympic Studios. It gave me a sense of belonging. I was fortunate to work with the best artists and people from the industry and I am still connected with them.

What are you working on, that we can expect to see in the future?

Performing my own material as BeArte, and writing more soundtracks for film, animation movies, and combining all sorts of visuals within my work. Collaborations are a big part of my creative makeup. I love to connect with visionary people from media and other backgrounds. Different skill sets and backgrounds offer a massive opportunity to create something bigger, with more impact than one could do as a single person.

How would you like to impact the world?

I would make music, sing and perform and write in such a way which might be like the kiss for the sleeping beauty: it would make people reconnect with their emotions and seeing their own beauty and the beauty of others. You can find BeArte’s website here, where you can listen to songs and learn more about her.

If you would like to collaborate with the likes of BeArte and many more you can create a project here


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