Fay Rae ( aka “Bellavolent”) started out as an aspiring singer with no real solid training & no financial support from anyone but herself. By luck & likely fate, she met a wonderful music producer who saw something in her that inspired him so deeply he helped her. We had an interview with Bellavolent and here is what she had to say.
- Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Fay Rae- Well as a kid I had always really enjoyed music, singing, song writing, poetry & dancing. I guess I just never grew out of my fascination with all the things that came along with being a music artist. I was kind of an odd but popular kid growing up in small towns in UTAH trying to say I was going to be a singer some day and not many people believed in me until they started to see me actually play more than shows in the park while still in high school. It did take me some time to get back to the roots of this dream, making music as a career for me. First, I went into modeling for a living as well as doing performance art instead for a bit, but I kept trying to collaborate with different music producers although I was still pretty clueless to the intricacies of the music industry. It wasn’t until I met Lorenzo Montanà my second time moving back to Los Angeles that the first song I had ever made was something I felt proud and excited to share with people. This song is called “Someone Like You” and it’s on BELLAVOLENT’s debut album dream. I wrote the album with Lorenzo in Italy which is how the name BELLAVOLENT was born. Out of being called Bella all over Italy for the two months I spent there. I mixed bella with the word benevolent and that is how I created a word the BELLAVOLENT that I now own the SEO on.
- Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started this career?
Fay Rae- Interesting… ha, I don’t really know where to start. The most interesting… It really depends on the context. I guess if I were to share the context of something positive that was interesting that happened to me since I started my career could be that after driving past Capitol Records so many times living in Los Angeles, while practicing the law of attraction, I would always say “some day I am going to be recording my music in there.” I forgot to be more specific about wanting to be a signed artist at such a big historical label and by a few chances got to record my newest song there called Holding it Down in the same music studio Halsey records in on Frank Sinatra’s vintage Telefunken U47 microphone. I still I’m not an artist at Capitol Records, just to be clear. I I’m still currently self releasing through DistroKid and my small independent music label BossBabe Records.
- Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting?
Fay Rae- Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that? Hmmm… so many funny mistakes. I am not sure if this was a mistake or actually brilliant… but when I got my first booking to play as Bellavolent live it was all because of one of my little sisters, Chantel, she had talked me up to her friend Ty, after showing him my first released single he asked to book me for the Timeless Dream Festival in Reno NV at the Morris Burner Hotel. He apparently adores my sister a lot &/or really liked my music and so he put me on as one of the headliners on Saturday night. I got such a rush from the whole thing and knowing that I had quite a bit of event production experience I began producing music events I would showcase my own music at and the music of many of my talented friends. I got stuck on event production and my debut album for so long that it took me a bit to realize how sick of playing the same music and producing events I was. Sometimes I wonder if I had just gone the normal route of being a music artist by just getting booked on gigs and tours right off the bat instead of also being an event producer if I would be further along than I am now. So I can’t help but wonder if that was a mistake or if it was somewhat brilliant or possibly both.
- What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Fay Rae- Right now I am working on the release of a song called “Holding it Down” that’s set to release Friday June 18th that my friend Luke Villemur produced. I am really excited for that to be coming out as well as the string of music and promotional videos I have been working on for the campaign we are doing. I am also really excited for all the songs that I am doing the music production on in Ableton to be finished and have dates for them to come out on. I am also excited to be finally working on the live show again to start showcasing my new music starting August 5th at the Mint in Los Angeles.
- Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
Fay Rae- The most interesting people are people I still have the pleasure of interacting with. They tend to be music artists that I really vibe with. I wanna mention Eriel Indigo in this case. I have known her for many years and am so pleased to see her continue to develop and put out her music and art. I have so many stories with her that really developed her character for me. From her throwing together a music video for her unreleased song “Open up your eyes” in less than two days just so she could feature me in it when I was randomly visiting LA, one of the times I was living in Denver. From her just always being a true sweet friend, so much so that she also accepted the request to be a feature in my released music video for my song called Forever Babe. I have never seen a more focused and hard working music artist than her. She deserves all the success that is coming to her and that will keep coming to her.
- Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Fay Rae- In any industry, I recommend that you have a self care routine. In the morning I like to meditate, do breath work, yoga, among quite a few other self care tactics to keep myself stable and happy in the stresses of everyday life.
- You have been blessed with success in a career path that can be challenging. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path, but seem daunted by the prospect of failure?
Fay Rae- I actually have been blessed, I am not certain if I could call what I have done a total success yet. Somehow I always have enough money to keep on creating music, so I feel really blessed on some levels of success that I am proud of. This career path isn’t something to bank on to be honest. It’s a passionate career. Make sure you have other sources of income while you are pursuing being a music artist and focus on how to generate income in the music industry in general. There are so many different ways to do it. Ask questions, attend industry meetings and events, watch videos, stay focused, don’t take things personal, don’t do it for the money, don’t be afraid to spend money, be a music artist because it makes you happy to do so.
- Can you share with our readers any self care routines, practices or treatments that you do to help your body, mind or heart to thrive? Kindly share a story or an example for each.
Fay Rae- Oh hey! I mentioned this a little already but I guess I will go into details. The breath work I like to do is from Brian Scott and I found his breath work videos on YouTube. I often use this app called insight timer to do 22.5 minutes of meditation after that. But I just got turned onto this app called Binaural and it really brings a lot of peace and clarity by playing different hz. Then I have my own 45 min yoga routine I do mostly based on stretching my aghast parts to prevent being achy. I also highly recommend Kyndal’s Yoga & Meditation on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_tVFJwoSSNLp9jgJP4MNrA
- What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
- Trust nobody, a lot of people in the music industry are scam snakes, beware.
- Even though you cannot trust anybody before proving they are trustworthy… even after you think you can trust them, they still may figure out a way to hurt you.
- I know I went off on the not trusting people thing, but you have to take risks and chances, just stay smart and get lawyers involved WHENEVER necessary.
- Collaborate with people. 5. Be personal with everyone you meet, ESPECIALLY your fans!
- Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Fay Rae- When I was a kid and would get into trouble for doing something bad and had the excuse of “they made me do it!” when my Dad confronted me, he responded “Oh yeah? Did they have a gun to your head?” luckily my childhood wasn’t that traumatic and so I said “No.” He responded “Well unless your life is being threatened no one can MAKE you do anything.” That stuck with me throughout my entire life, knowing I was never being forced to do anything gave me great power and also gave me the ability to take responsibility for my choices.
- None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Fay Rae- I definitely wanna thank everyone who supported me, like there are really too many to name. But in a really big way some of my music producers really helped me to achieve success and I did already shout out my two current faves Lorenzo Montanà & Luke Villemur. All the people who booked me to play shows or let me produce shows in their venues. There are some people I really wanna thank that I don’t think are appropriate to name here though I am still grateful.
- You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
Fay Rae- This is a really great question. I feel timid to give an answer that would be very authentic here because I got crap about this movement I wanted to be apart of many years before Trump was even elected to help save children out of the sex trafficking industry. With the whole Qanon agenda when the BLM movement was especially strong during the pandemic, Qanon was said to be pushing the agenda for focus on saving children out of sex trafficking and away from the BLM movement. I mentioned that I had some ideas about making that movement strong and got accused of being a Qanon supporter which I am not, I am so much more on the Black Lives Matter side of life, very far from Q. I think there are so many movements that deserve attention and human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world. It’s been my goal since before I was actually proud of the music I was making to be able to start a non profit that hires special ops to save children out of the brothels they are forced to live and work out of around the world. Bringing them to protected safe houses and having volunteers teach them how to create different forms of art that could be sold at different fundraisers online and offline and at music festivals & shows etc. I also wanted to bring people in to teach sustainability and home gardens in the most poverty stricken communities like many places in Cambodia that actually sell their own children into the sex trafficking industry. It’s so common there it’s seen as normal. Knowing all of this just makes me sick and I hope that someday I can be a big support in this movement. There are so many other movements I have donated too otherwise while still working on success in what I love to do most, make music.
- We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂
Fay Rae- Oh wow, for real? I am not super updated on different VC’s but it would be amazing to have lunch with a VC that is interested in funding me as a music artist…
14 How can our readers follow you online?
Fay Rae- https://linktr.ee/bellavolent
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The emerging singer and songwriter Forsaken delivers a wonder EP titled For The Hell Of It, a 6-track body of work. His newest release, “For The Hell Of It,” is themed around living in the moment and making the best of every situation. Forsaken found passion in making music as a creative outlet to express his emotions and lifestyle that are responsible for who he is today. With his impressive vocals and a sharp ear for sonics, Forsaken has proven he is ready for the mainstream. So, stream the EP below and vibe out!
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Arjayonthebeat discussed with us and answered our uncommon 11 Questions. Check it out below.
HONK: Let’s start by introducing ourselves. You know the basics, like name, age, and where you’re from, as much or little as you’re comfortable sharing.
ArjayOnTheBeat: Artist Name: Arjayonthebeat /Arjayonthebeat3x
Legal Name: Robert Dickson Jr
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
HONK: What’s the best advice you ever received concerning music?
ArjayOnTheBeat: The best advice I’ve ever received concerning music was about mixing. I was honored to have had a one-on-one session with a Grammy-awarded engineer, Leslie Brathwaite, who engineered Pharrell’s “Happy,” which headlined Despicable Me 2. He listened to my beats and told me, “everything was great, but one thing, your mixing.” He then said when it comes to mixing your beats, nothing should be panned to the center but vocals”. In other words, every sound in your beat should be panned between the left and right, never down the middle.
The best advice of my life…
HONK: What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?
ArjayOnTheBeat: One thing I would have done differently is take more of the presented opportunities rather than rejecting them due to being overly cautious.
HONK: What is still your biggest challenge?
ArjayOnTheBeat: My biggest challenge is finding an artist with the potential/ talent to take them to the top and team up. Until then, the search continues. Most artists don’t take it as seriously as I do. I instead get plaques/awards with one artist repeatedly than try to get one plaque out of multiple artists… if that makes sense.
HONK: What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?
ArjayOnTheBeat: My daughters (Indiyah & Xia) and my family are the ones I need to be successful. My goal is to leave generational wealth /money behind for them.
HONK: If you could open a show for any artist, who would it be?
ArjayOnTheBeat: Lil Uzi Vert, Chris Brown, or DJ Khaled
HONK: Could you talk me through your creative process?
ArjayOnTheBeat: When it comes to my productions, I never force them. I only make beats when I feel like it, so I don’t burn out my creative juices.
If I’m not working, I typically listen to various genres to get ideas on enhancing my sound daily. Every genre has something you can learn from…
HONK: How do you solve productivity/scheduling problems and reduce overwhelming situations?
ArjayOnTheBeat: I always try to keep the customer/ clients happy, mistakes can occur, so I’ll always offer something in exchange for the mishap to reach a positive conclusion.
HONK: What are you focusing your time on now?
ArjayOnTheBeat: I’m focusing my time on executive producing more projects rather than singles & building my artist (once they’ve been found).
HONK: How do you currently feel about the state of “Your genre” in general?
ArjayOnTheBeat: We need more substance in the hip-hop community and a different topic to rap about rather than hoes, guns, apps & negativity. I feel it’s time to switch it up, or else we won’t get as successful as other genres like folk rock & country music.
HONK: How can our readers follow you online?
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