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
Exclusive Interview With Dante Williamson
Today we had an exclusive chance to interview Dante Williamson.
Who is Dante Williamson? Sounds unfamiliar? How does he intend to make an impact with music? Read more to find out about the rare and talented musician.
What would you do differently if you were starting in your industry now?
I would strategize better and seek more insight from artists I know currently in the industry. Learning from other’s stories and miscalculations might’ve helped me from falling into the same traps.
What 3 things does anyone starting in your industry need to know?
– Do what makes you happy and sounds good!
– Build your fanbase.
– Think big picture and keep the main thing, the main thing.
Which people or books have had the most influence on your growth and why?
My friends WHOISJORDAN, Beau Collins, Canon and my dad have influenced me tremendously. They keep it real and never beat around the bush. They’re all very knowledgeable in their own respect, providing an array of perspectives and insightful alternatives.
What has been your biggest success story and why do you think it was a success?
My biggest success story is my highest streamed song, “Wanna Be With U”. I had no expectations for the song’s success and didn’t think it would do the numbers it’s done. I am very proud of that record!
What would you say is the #1 key to success in your music career?
Don’t go the easy route and be yourself! Real fans and friends can hear the authenticity in your art when you’re honest.
Talk about the biggest failure you’ve had. What did you learn from it?
The biggest failure I’ve ever had is not taking more risks early on because I cared too much on people’s opinions. I was a little too reserved, listening to what others said I should do. I learned to stop putting value into other people’s opinions of me and the moves I make because it’s not their career— it’s mine.
What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?
God, my wife Erin, and my family. They speak truth to me when I need it most and remind me to push through.
What made you pursue being an artist full-time?
My love for creativity and competition. I love making new sounds and experimenting when I’m in the studio. It’s almost like a high. Music is such a beautiful language, and I enjoy venturing through its endless maze.
Would you sign to a label?
If it was the right deal and situation, possibly. It must make sense! Some artists I know have taken that route and are still paying the consequences. The industry can be skeptical. Keep your eyes open!
What projects are you working on for the rest of 2022?
I’m working on my EP “sadhappy!” plan on releasing it early 2023. It will be feature heavy with lots of different sounding tunes and melodies.
How can our readers follow you online?
My website— dantewilliamson.com
Exclusive Interview With Rising Sensation Jarred Brown
Hello Jarred Brown, Thanks for Coming To Honk Magazine To Talk About Your Music Career.
Let’s start off by introducing yourself, you know the basics like name, age, where you’re from. As much or little as you’re comfortable sharing.
I’m Jarred Brown AKA Horizon Wake an RnB/Pop artist currently based out of London, Ontario. I found my introduction into music as a child in Toronto, Canada where I taught myself to play guitar and started singing for my rock band when nobody else wanted to do it.
Talk me through your creative process.
My creative process is in large part a collaborative effort with my long time friend and producer Jesgee Beats. Typically I’ll start off with an idea that’s usually inspired by some kind of life event, a memory, or sometimes even a dream.
I’ll take that and it usually comes along with a melody and basic lyrics that most of the time end up becoming the foundation for the hook section. Lately I’ve been recording vocals, guitar, bass, or a combination of the three and sending/taking them over to Jesgee where we work together to transform it into what you hear in my releases. The pandemic played a big role in shaping our current process and actually strengthened our ability to work together. We began working online during quarantine and at some points I was even recording demos from my car before I was able to get my home studio up and running. We still continue to start most of our work through discord.
How do you solve productivity/scheduling problems and reduce overwhelming situations?
Productivity and scheduling typically isn’t a huge issue for me at this stage but I do find that when situations begin to get a little overwhelming or there is a lack of productivity being direct is a huge help. This industry is collaborative by nature. I’m responsible for the music while someone else takes care of videos or mixing, or whatever else needs to be done to take the music where it needs to go. I learned over time that being direct, keeping open communication, and taking charge of the scheduling or whatever other issue is the key. Set deadlines and communicate them firmly.
What’s the best advice you ever received concerning music?
I’ve received a lot of good advice over the years and I think the best advice given to me regarding music creation is to not get comfortable and don’t let genre box you in. I find that a lot of new artists will approach writing/producing new music in a way that is almost like a cookie cutter style where they take something that someone else in the genre has done well and replicate it over and over.
Sometimes artists feel like they can’t write a certain lyric or use a certain instrument or melody because it doesn’t sound RnB or Hip Hop. This kind of thinking crushes creativity. Artists should keep experimenting and evolving. Otherwise how do we grow and improve?
What is still your biggest challenge?
For me I’d say my biggest challenge is knowing when a song is complete. I can sometimes be a bit of a perfectionist or judge myself a bit too harshly before releasing a project. It’s really easy to overthink or keep making tweaks to your songs past the point where you should. Knowing when to take time away really helps and getting a second opinion from people you trust to give honest feedback goes a long way.
What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?
Don’t rely on the wrong people. If I could go back to the day I started I’d push myself to record everything as often as possible and to make connections with people that are just as passionate as I am. Starting out I formed a lot of relationships with people who just weren’t in music for the long-term. So many people have so much potential but lose the drive to keep pushing. I don’t think I can ever stop making music. For some of us it is a part of who we are. Find those people and push forward together or learn how to do as much as you can for yourself so you aren’t slowed down by others.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
There are so many amazing artists that I would love to perform with or open up for. To be honest I’m a huge fan of Post Malone. I’m incorporating more guitar in my music and performances. I think we could rock out together.
What are you focusing your time on now?
Right now I’m focussing my time on developing my new sound and releasing an EP. I’ve had a shift where I’m blending my RnB sound with more pop and rock elements to better suit my musical background. I plan on having the EP for release in November and it’ll be much more pop influenced than what I’ve released previously.
I’ve got a new song about a bad relationship called “Young Girl Games” featuring Coobie and Golden G dropping on September 30th.
How do you currently feel about the state of Hip-hop in general?
I think hip-hop is in a really cool spot. Over the past few years it’s really grown and become integrated deeply into the mainstream. Most modern pop music has more than a few hip-hop elements where there never would have been before.
Growing up I remember my mom throwing out my Eminem CDs and not understanding rap music as art. Now she listens to a lot of the same things that I do. I think now more than ever we have the ability to experiment with our production in the hip-hop space. We’re blurring the lines between genres. I think its awesome.
What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?
When things get tough in the industry there are 2 things that usually keep me going. I love when other artists or fans reach out on social media to let me know how much they vibe with my work. It helps to keep me pushing on and often times can even shift my mood to increase in productivity. I also really enjoy having conversations with them and hearing the music they make or connecting with them in general.
So I really encourage my fans to feel comfortable sending DMs on instagram or TikTok so we can connect. I can’t always respond to everyone right away but I try to do as much as I can. Secondly, I take a break from whatever is stressing me out for a while. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the responsibilities and forget why you make music in the first place. I won’t ever stop creating because it’s an outlet for me. When the stresses become too much I take a step back and just create for the love of creating. It’s important to take breaks and give yourself some breathing room to keep it fun.
How can our readers follow you online?
Follow me on TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube @HorizonWake. My music is available on all major platforms so head over to wherever you get your music from and search Horizon Wake.
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