By: Jenna Melanson
Photo Credit: Thomas Branconier
Belle Humble is a vocalist who has written and been featured on a variety of EDM tracks, including “Cracks” with Freestylers/ Flux Pavilion, which you can see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1VLaXoRRdk
Belle is originally from London, UK but has relocated to Montreal, and when she contacted Canadian Beats, we jumped at the chance to feature this newly Canadian artist. I asked her a variety of questions about her music career, the EDM scene and of course, a segment of “fun” questions, so keep reading to find out more.
First off, how old were you when you started out in the music scene?
BH: I have loved music ever since I can remember. I have always just really enjoyed singing and playing instruments from early on. For a long time I involved myself in making music but never took myself too seriously with it all. I went and studied English Literature at University, worked for a bit in London in some jobs here and there trying to work out what I wanted to do. At one point I just thought, I need to pursue music as a career. So I was in my 20s when I started to make a go of it all.
You are originally from London, UK but are now in Montreal, how does the EDM scene differ in Montreal?
BH: Hmmm, interesting question. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure! There’s most certainly a massive industry in London, but I feel like the EDM scene is a bit of worldwide scene in itself. I find myself working with people from around the world straight out of whatever studio I’m in.
You have written and been featured on a variety of EDM tunes, which has been your favourite up until now?
BH: I honestly love them all for different reasons! Each song I have written and featured on has been personal to me in some way, whether it’s more of a philosophical outlook, or just some kind of life experience or observation. However, creating music to me is more than just a means of expression because once it’s out it in world that piece of work has the potential to connect with anyone. I believe that music and words have their own power and once we as the creators have done the job, in a sense we have to let that creation go and do it’s thing. The songs are able to take on a life of their own. I guess that’s why I always want to be sure that what I’m writing and singing truly resonates with me; because once it’s in the public domain there’s no going back! I also really enjoy the collaborative process involved in making tunes. I love seeing what happens when people are thrown together to create. I’ve also written over beats and never met the producer til after the fact, but even then it still all feels like a team effort.
What do you find makes you unique in this industry?
BH: Hmmm, I guess really in the end we are all unique in our own ways, so I’m not sure exactly how to answer that! I’m happy to talk about my influences though. At one point in my life I played in a Javanese Gamelan orchestra, I have the jazz influence, I love folk and classic 60s style pop songwriting, and I’ve also studied Indian Raga as a youth and can play the harmonium and ukulele. I have always been a total lover of EDM and have danced for a good portion of my life. I also work as a songwriter and have written with and for other artists. I find that this in particular has been a very humbling experience. To be on the other side of things, helping to draw something honest and true out of another artist is actually an honor. Writing a song that someone else decides they love enough to put on their album is also a great honor. So yeah, I have a lot of fun with what I do, I am very obsessed with music and am forever striving to create something magical and well-crafted. I guess from all these experiences I could say that the most fun happens when you mix inspiration with a healthy dose of focus and hard work.
If you could work with any Canadian artist in the EDM industry, which would you choose? Why?
BH: Well, I’m currently working with Pierre-Luc Rioux here in Montreal. We’re doing a lot of writing together and he’s a great musician and producer and we’re making tunes. So yeah, that’s going well!
Can you tell us about the process of creating an EDM track?
BH: I guess there’s no set way to create a track. I’ve written alone over a beat, in a room full of people, with the producer, without the producer, on my guitar at home. It’s a total wildcard when it comes to creating tunes. I’ve always enjoyed it though and I enjoy getting involved in everything as much as I can. I’m sure I have driven a few producers a little loopy.
Up until now, what do you feel is your biggest accomplishment in your career?
BH: I feel like my biggest accomplishment is actually managing to have a career in music! It can be a tough industry but I love it. There is no one moment, or song or performance that I feel can really define it all. I can say that it has taken blood sweat and tears and many late nights in the studio to get some of those tunes out and I feel accomplished just for having worked hard I guess.
Do you have any advice for young people trying to make their way into the EDM scene?
BH: Have fun with it! Enjoy yourself, do it for the love of music. In a sense when you create and share music you’re connecting to something larger than yourself. Keep knocking on doors, keep sharing, keep going. Tell people what you do, have courage, put the effort in because that’s definitely what it requires. I remember back to when I started performing my own songs. At the time it felt like the most nerve-racking thing I’d ever done in my life. You may have to break through personal barriers along the way, but that’s part of the beauty of it all.
What can fans expect from you next?
BH: I’m featuring on the forthcoming single “Battle” with the Angry Kid’s (Warner Music Canada). Besides that I’m writing with some great producers and have been in the studio but I can’t say any more than that at this point.
Here, at Canadian Beats we always include a portion of “fun” questions for your fans to get to know more about you, so here goes.
If you weren’t pursuing a career in music, what would you likely be doing?
BH: I think maybe I’d work with animals or something, helping out lost puppy’s and kittens! Seriously, I love animals.
Do you have any hidden talents?
BH: I think I’ve yet to discover them! 🙂
If you had to listen to one album for a year, which would you choose?
BH: Maybe something instrumental? Miles Davis: Kind of Blue is a good one!
What is your all time favourite Disney movie?
BH: I really liked Enchanted! I thought it was a humorous and entertaining Disney flick.
What was the first concert you ever attended?
BH: Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was awesome!
Last but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
BH: Thank you for listening to the tunes, peace n happiness to you all. 🙂
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.