Chatting to us more about her striking new single Wire, Bella Moulden shows us all about her 80-synth-pop tone and her outstanding multi-instrumentalist lifestyle. Telling us more about her idols and watching proper MTV back in the day, this is a thrilling interview which will electrify and inspire many to reach their dreams.
Hello, there Bella. Please let us know where in the world you are from/based and how many instruments do you play?
I’m originally from Buffalo, NY and I currently live in Belmont, NC.
I play about 5 instruments—self-taught. Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Percussion. I have been playing piano and singing since I was 9.
Do you have any family members who got you involved in the music industry or how did you get the music bug?
I am the only one in my family that is involved with music. I am a strange anomaly. I can’t really tell you how I ended up involved with music, it really just happened. I think a lot of it could have been watching MTV when I was a kid, in the early 2000s they’d still play music videos and performances. I think that’s what inspired me really want to start doing music.
What inspired your retro style?
Sheesh, so many things. Austin Powers, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Wendy, David Bowie and so many more. The 60s/70s/80s had the coolest fashion. It also helps that I have a natural afro.
Please tell us all about your new single Wire.
My new single, “Wire,” is about the electric feeling of falling in love. I wrote, produced, composed, and performed the song in its entirety. The sound was definitely inspired by the 80s, with the synth-pop and reverberated guitar solo.
What inspired you to use a 4/6 double-neck guitar for some parts of your shows and videos?
Before using a double-neck for some of my stuff, I would literally stack my guitars on top of each other, having two separate guitars hanging around my neck. It was ridiculously heavy and immobilizing. I wanted to transition over to different instruments at a faster rate, so at the time this seemed like the best option. It made me wonder if there was a double neck guitar with a bass, rather than a 12-string. A lot of searching and I found quite a few, it’s a rare design, but I immediately had to get one! It works great when I use my loop-station, as seen in many of my videos.
Please tell us all about SelfCare and the process behind it being well-known all over the world?
I wrote, “SelfCare,” back in 2021 in the car waiting for my mom in the grocery store. It was a tough time due to the pandemic. Between school, music, and working I was highly stressed out. I was burning out quite a lot. With that, I really wanted to hear a song that reminds me to take a break and that it’s okay to not be okay. I couldn’t find any at the time, though I’m sure there are tons! I ended up writing my own. When we got home from the store I immediately went into my room and started recording. On the ride home I already had the melody in my head. I wanted it to be simplistic. Something repetitive, similarly an affirmation. I wanted it to get stuck in my head.
It began to get traction on Tiktok a year later, earning over 50 million views and over 150 thousand videos. With that, it also is doing great on Spotify! I’m glad this song is doing well and that its point is getting across. Definitely, the perfect song to jam to in the morning while drinking coffee!
Last, is there anything, in particular, you wish to achieve in 2023?
This year, I wish to perform at more festivals!
Listen up on Spotify.
Interview by Llewelyn Screen