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A Chat With Betty Moon

Betty Moon

Today I chat with Betty Moon.  She is an accomplished artist, originally from Toronto, now living in Los Angeles, who has been recording since the 1980’s.  The interview celebrates the arrive of her 11th studio album, “Cosmicoma”.  Her first recording, in 1986, was while with her band Bambi.  This led to a recording contract with A&M Records, where she released a debut, self titled album in 1991.

We were unable to link up via phone, so I forwarded some questions via email.  Without further adieu, here are the questions and the responses.

What brought you into a music career.  

I was raised in a family that had music in their blood, and we happened to have a recording studio on the property so the odds were definitely in my favor. I say kids either go one way or another when following what their parents were involved with, and the music bug bit me pretty early. As a teen I had a pretty successful band in Toronto and that led to a solo career with major and independent labels. Over recent years I have been releasing music on my own label, Evolver Music Inc.

Where was your first live performance?  How did it go?

My first show was in a photo/film studio on Valentines Day  in Toronto called United Studios  that is no longer around. As anyone would expect, it was terrifying yet exciting, full of glitches, good times and it set my world ablaze with passion for live music. Once you are holding the mic and you get that feedback from a crowd, you never look back.

You’ve had a very productive career, is there anything you would change?

Well, hindsight is always 20/20 but I would have got further on the streaming and vinyl trains earlier on if I knew it was going to be the driving force of today’s era. I don’t really have any regrets though, I’ve done some amazing things throughout my career and have much on the schedule for 2022. 

You have had several songs on TV and movie soundtracks.  How does that feel?

It’s a bit surreal to hear your music in a TV show or on a feature film for sure. I think just having it blended within a movie gives you an appreciation for how important music is to film, and having the marketing opportunity to have my music in these spots is amazing. Plus, sometimes these placements pay pretty well and it’s nice to make a return in different ways for the music you create. 

How would you describe your music?

I would say it’s my own unique twist on rock n’ roll. At the root of it, I am a rock artist and inject different genres and inspiration into an album and that can vary year to year. I’m not following trends, and if anything I like to carve my own path and make sure I do things my way. A lot of my music can have touches of soul, funk, electronic and even pop.

Inspirations?

Other types of music and artists are only part of my inspiration musically. It’s really about my environment, stories, nights on the town and thinking inward that gets the creative juices flowing. Sure, I have favorite artists from my youth that drive ideas indirectly, but I think it’s more about my surroundings and happenings in life that inspire each song I create.

Have you ever taught music or mentored up and coming acts?

Over the years I have worked with different emerging artists in the industry. I’ve done panels at industry events, worked in the studio with other artists, co-wrote with younger and older musicians and more. It would be fun to teach a class online or do a sort of masterclass at some point, as I have a lot of experience and insight that others may appreciate.

What’s next for Betty Moon?  Tours, collaborations?

I’m currently in the studio working on my next album, and you never know who may appear on the record. These new songs are sounding killer, and I think it’ll be my best work to date.

We at Kat Power Hit Radio strive to promote independent labels and artists, and I strongly promote the same.  Tell us about Evolver Music, it’s goals and some of the artists signed with the label?  

I started Evolver Music originally as a company to fully release and publish my own content and albums. From music videos to artwork, 99% of the magic happens in-house and it’s nice to take back the power when so many artists think of getting a ‘record deal’ as the magic bullet.

To stream her latest album, please click below.

If you would like to see more about Betty Moon, please click on the links below:

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Changes

It’s all about focus. I started this with a vision of Canadian content. Obviously, if you read my meanderings, I have strayed considerably from that intent.

Canadian artists are huge stars and known worldwide, Drake, Weeknd, Neil Young, Lindsay Ell, Colter Wall, Shania Twain, Celine Dion, Micheal Buble, Rush, Joni Mitchell. Astounding amount of talent.

Going forward, you can read and listen to classic, current and new music from Canadians. Hope you drop by.

Canada’s All Time Top Songs – #98

At 98 is a signature song from former Sweeney Todd singer, Nick Gilder. The track is Hot Child In The City.

Sweeney Todd had a big hit in 1976 with Roxy Roller. After that success, Nick left the band, going solo and signing a record deal in the USA. That deal spawned the featured song which hit number 1 in both Canada and the USA. Unfortunately, he never realized much further success, never again hitting the top 40. He did have success as a songwriter as well, penning hits for diverse artist as Pat Benatar and Bette Midler.

Music From The Mailbag – Gena Perala

As I attempt to get back on the beat after a fabulous (but not yet over) Canadian summer, I decided to empty the mailbag.  Simply put, I have veritable treasure trove of new music that I have had no chance to do much about.  Having said that, we will attempt to empty the bag by starting oldest to newest and plowing through them with you the reader, until they are done.

Gena Perala

First up, we have Gena Perala, a Canadian artist out of British Columbia.  She is a mufti-talented type who not only writes and performs her music, she also writes poetry, with 3 books to her credit.  Very impressive.   The song I am featuring is from her second album, “Exactly Nowhere”.  The song is “Living Proof”.   A fine ballad, featuring Gena playing the piano and belting out her tune.  Nice song, well produced.

If you want to learn more about Gena, hit the links

Gena Perala Home Page

Gena Perala on Twitter

Gena Perala on CBC Music

Gena Perala on iTunes

 

 

Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 33

Blue Rodeo
Cover of Blue Rodeo

Part 33 includes a bit (a lot) of country rock courtesy of one of Canada’s best kept secrets, Blue Rodeo, and perennial favourites Prairie Oyster.  We also have some newer rock with Billy Talent and some classic rock with April Wine.  Let’s dive right in with number 339 on the countdown, Billy Talent.

339. Fallen Leaves – Billy Talent

Canada’s kings of rock hold down 339 on the list with Fallen Leaves.  The song was recorded in 2006 and was the third single released from their 2nd album, Billy Talent II.  The band is out of Mississauga, Ontario and are considered Canada’s finest punk guitar band at this time.  Good tune with a depressing drug related theme.

 

338. Just Between You & Me – April Wine

Don’t get me started on this band.  One of my all time favourites.  They hit 338 with this great ballad, typical 70’s and 80’s rocker style.

 

337. Prairie Oyster – Only One Moon

Six time Juno Award winners as country group of the year, 6 as Canadian Country Music Awards group of the year, eight albums and members of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.  Must be good, eh!  This tune is off their 1994 album of the same name, and become my 337 on the list.

 

336. Rain Down on Me – Blue Rodeo

Now for a double shot of Canada’s best kept secret, Blue Rodeo.  Formed in 1984, the band is still going strong.  Original members include the 2 front men, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor and bass player Bazil Donovan.  amazing longevity, not to mention a seemingly endless supply of creativity.  13 albums and multiple awards and still going strong.  Enjoy 336 and 335 on the countdown.  First up is Rain Down On Me, off their 1992 album “Lost Together”.  Great vocals from Jim Cuddy in this one.

335. Blue Rodeo – Bad Timing

More of the same from Jim Cuddy, a great singer.  Bad Timing is taken from their 1993 album, Five Days In July.

 

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