BBC Introducing Artist | Track of the Week | Artist of the South
Hi I’m Betsa. I’m 18 years old and have been writing my own songs since I was 9. I taught myself guitar when I was 14 to allow me to record my songs on my dad’s ipad. I then started playing at local open mic sessions in Surrey, England, where I live. Through these sessions I met a fantastic young producer, Brad Mair who has produced and played most of my recorded songs. We have so much fun working together and we hope the fun comes through on the recordings. One of my songs, “Stranger Things” was produced by a guy called Simon Ellis. Simon lives near me so I thought it would be amazing to work with him as he wrote and produced one of my childhood favourites, “Don’t Stop” for S Club 7 and he toured the world with the Spice Girls and Britney Spears.
“Stranger Things” has been showcase track of the week on Eagle Radio in Surrey and Hampshire and is now play-listed. BBC Introducing has featured four of my songs, with each of them being chosen as track of the day, week and pick of The South and pick of England. I’ve played for the BBC South Live Lounge and on Eagle FM and Eagle 3 for their Sunday Sessions.
One of my songs, “Night School” was chosen as the theme tune for the movie-style trailers to promote international best-selling book series, “Night School”. Netflix and Amazon are very interested in making the books into a hit TV series. Watch this space.
I now have a band and we have been playing many gigs in London and the South of England and will be playing a few festivals next summer 2017.
Now that I’ve finished my A Levels, I’m really looking forward to making more music in 2017. I’m recording songs with my producer Brad Mair, ready to launch my first album. I’m going to be recording a live video with my band, to show case our live set. I’ll also be filming videos for my new songs with Directors of Photography Tom Blount and Will Roth from Hot Cake TV.