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Pho­tog­ra­phy and story: THOMKERR Styling: Lind­say ROSE Hair: iggy us­ing Kevin.murphy Make-up: BECCA Gil­martin us­ing M.A.C Cos­met­ics

Thom: Where does the name Belbel come from? From an early age, many peo­ple have called me Belbel as a nick­name, and it stuck. As I moved into mu­sic as a ca­reer, it just seemed fit­ting to use it as it has sen­ti­men­tal value as well as hav­ing a nice ring to it – no pun in­tended! How would you de­scribe your style of mu­sic? I like to think that my mu­sic bridges the gaps be­tween some of the dif­fer­ent worlds in mu­sic. I draw in­spi­ra­tion from many dif­fer­ent gen­res rang­ing from min­i­mal to elec­tron­ica, in­die to pop; there­fore it’s hard to put a la­bel on my work. I’ll let the lis­ten­ers de­cide. When did you de­cide to pur­sue mu­sic? My en­tire life I wanted to pur­sue mu­sic, how­ever I only put this de­sire into ac­tion a few years ago. I have al­ways been a writer, and I spent a lot of my down time writ­ing po­etry and prose. Singing came less nat­u­rally to me, I was very shy about my voice and only sung in pri­vate locked be­hind my bed­room door. I was ex­tremely scared of peo­ple hear­ing me be­cause truth­fully, I didn’t think I could sing. It be­came ap­par­ent around the age of 16 that I could not go on and live a ‘nor­mal’ life that was ex­pected of me. I knew I had to live in a way that ful­filled me cre­atively. What is the name of the first sin­gle and why did you choose it? The song I have cho­sen to de­but with is called ‘Vi­o­lets’. I chose this par­tic­u­lar song be­cause it re­flects my cur­rent emo­tional and phys­i­cal land­scape. For me, writ­ing mu­sic is like writ­ing in a jour­nal. If it’s truly hon­est, it comes out in a mat­ter of min­utes like this one did. With the help of Richard Har­ris, an LA based pro­ducer, the sonic land­scape I dreamed­ofwas­birthed.iwant­to­be­re­al­with my lis­ten­ers from the start about how I feel and think. No game of cha­rades. This song is the most hon­est de­pic­tion of me one could get. What is the con­cept of the clip? Who worked on it? The sense of sep­a­ra­tion and dif­fer­ence that I have ex­pe­ri­enced grow­ing up caused a feel­ing of dis­lo­ca­tion and con­fu­sion. The dilemma about where and how do I fit in, and whether I re­ally want too any­way, is at the core of the video. In par­al­lel to my jour­ney, we have what I call the ‘No-name peo­ple’. I en­vi­sioned life­less men search­ing for vi­tal­ity in a waste­land of empti­ness they knew as home. I took this con­cept to Blake Far­ber, a New York based di­rec­tor. I worked closely with the pro­ducer, Emma Haar­burger who cre­atively and lo­gis­ti­cally brought my vi­sion to life. Matt Wood, an Aus­tralian cin­e­matog­ra­pher, filmed the clip. Ad­di­tion­ally, fash­ion has al­ways been an in­te­gral part of my life. I con­sider that the way we dress – our per­sonal style – tells a story. Ju­lian Bu­rak or Yan (his cool nick­name), the stylist,un­der­stoodthissensi­bil­ityand­brought it to­gether in an au­then­tic way. What do you think is the main mes­sage you wish to con­vey with your mu­sic? I wish to give many mes­sages, but one’s re­ac­tion to mu­sic is en­tirely per­sonal. I hope that lis­ten­ers will find mean­ing in my mu­sic for them­selves. How­ever, if peo­ple can feel some­what com­forted in my lyrics, and feel hope­ful, then I will have done what I set out to do. Which artists are in­spir­ing your jour­ney? There are so many artists that are ab­so­lutely killing it right now. This is such a tough ques­tion be­cause many artists from dif­fer­ent eras and de­mo­graph­ics in­spire me. I can’t stop lis­ten­ing to BANKS, James Blake and Lykke Li right now, but then I play some Si­mon and Gar­funkel and I am trans­ported to an al­ter­nate world. I then look at some­one like Lorde, who is not only re­leas­ing ex­cit­ing mu­sic,but­sheis­set­tin­ganex­am­ple­fory­oung girls and boys, and that is just as im­por­tant as the mu­sic. What ad­vice would you have to any­one about to em­bark on a jour­ney in mu­sic? Be your own boss. Noth­ing is more im­por­tant then trust­ing your­self, and your own in­tu­ition. Where do you see your­self this time next year? Ul­ti­mately, I would like to have a lot more mu­sic out in the open to be en­joyed by the pub­lic. I want to fo­cus on the longevity of my ca­reer, and that means con­stantly de­vel­op­ing my craft. I hope that a lot of peo­ple will lis­ten and re­spond to my work. That’s all I could ask for. This page: Belbel wears: Neo­prene cape by Phoenix Keat­ing Op­po­site: “I am Fake’ coat by Sand, Ca­lypso Crop top by Nookie and wide­leg pant by T-luxe

ON THE RE­LEASE Of MEL­BOURNE-BASED BELBEL’S NEW SIN­GLE THOM KERR IN­TER­VIEWS THE 18 YEAR-OLD SINGER ABOUT HER ROOTS, IN­SPI­RA­TIONS AND HER IDEN­TITY AS AN ARTIST. BELBEL’S NAT­U­RAL ARTIS­TIC FLAIR AND PAS­SION­ATE DRIVE HAS TAKEN HER TO LA WHERE SHE CONCOTED “VI­O­LETS’, A DARK YET CATCHY DRA­MATIC POP MO­MENT.

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