RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AUSTRALIAN ARTIST BELLA DEER
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
When I was younger (and even now), I couldn’t go a few days without having the urge to play or write music. Even when I go away on holidays and am away from my piano or keyboard, I have to find an instrument! It’s just in my veins.
Introduce us you and your musical history?
Hi, I’m BELLA DEER, singer-songwriter, and pianist. I’m an Australian artist, hailing from the city of Geelong, in the state of Victoria. I’ve been playing music and performing since I can remember, having started on violin, but quickly moving on to piano. I never really liked playing other people’s songs, so I started writing my own.
Whilst I have just launched my 2nd release, ‘Care Too Much’, under my latest project (BELLA DEER), I have been recording, releasing and performing music for quite some time. I’ve played numerous shows, festivals etc. and have supported the likes of Thirsty Merc, Thando, Husky, Mia Dyson, Dean Geyer, Didirri. I was also involved in a collaborative musical release with Courtney Barnett (before she was famous!).
I was lucky enough to be selected for the Telstra Road to Discovery in 2014 (with Gordi), a musical boot camp where I attended numerous masterclasses and workshops.
More recently, for my 2022 debut release, ‘Bloom’ and this release, ‘Care Too Much’, I was fortunate enough to work with Joel Quartermain (from Eskimo Joe).
What was life like for you before music?
I don’t remember, as I started music from a young age. It has always been a part of my life.
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
The first song that I remember really connecting with is, ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA.
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
I am a small fish, in a massive black hole. But with a strong will to just keep swimming.
Whats the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
“You gotta have a stupid amount of self-belief to make it anywhere in the music industry”, (quote from fellow Australian musician, Josh Pyke).
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you?
I once versed Stephen K. Amos (British Comedian) to a game of foosball in the basement of Myer, Melbourne.
I met Rob Lowe (American Actor) at the Sistine Chapel, Rome, Italy.
I went to school with David Le’aupepe from Gang of Youths.
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
Have my music published and featured on a hit Netflix show.
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….
No not really. I think people spend too much time worrying about what other people think, when they should concentrate on making the world a better place.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If no why not?
I love to deep dive and read about conspiracy theories, because I love hearing both sides of the story.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Really bad high school bands with teens and big egos. Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about?
I speak Italian as a second language.
What makes you stand out as a band/artist?
My songs are all diverse, and I am told that my voice is very powerful live.My songs are also typically written on piano, meaning they end up sounding different to the whole guitar lead band sound. I am a keyboard playing frontwoman.
I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.
Dive into the depths of “Care Too Much,” a song that delves into the profound ache of loss. This track takes you on a journey through the raw emotions that surface when facing hard truths, the poignant realisation that two cherished elements of your life can no longer coexist.
Imagine the weight of sadness settling over you as you gaze at the stars or into the crackling flames, longing for the beauty of what once was. Even in a crowd, that emptiness remains, yet you stand firm in your resolute decision. “Caring Too Much” isn’t just about a single feeling—it’s about the simultaneous tug of caring deeply for two sides, grappling with the heart-wrenching truth that moving forward is the only path that truly serves everyone involved.
It’s a song that resonates with anyone who has felt the turmoil of holding onto what’s fading, of caring immensely but recognizing that stepping into the unknown is the most compassionate choice. Bella Deer’s emotive storytelling and evocative sound capture the complexity of these emotions, inviting listeners to explore their own experiences of loss and the strength it takes to embrace change.
What was the recording process like?
The recording process was quite seamless. We had a strong plan, great pre-production and I was well rehearsed. I was also lead by producer and engineer, Joel Quartermain, who was a pro to work with.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
To stop procrastinating and make some key decisions on my songs.
Would you change anything now its finished?
No way. I’m super happy with it. One of my favourite songs.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I would love to take my music across the globe to the U.K. and Europe! I have my passport ready.