Belle Morte

Tell us about yourself.

I’m the singer and songwriter behind Belle Morte project. I played violin at a musical school, and I started to compose my own songs at 15. So I believe I can say all my life was somehow connected to music and I always knew I have to make something big.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

Belle Morte is “a one woman band” from Belarus, Minsk playing something in between symphonic and gothic metal. The idea behind Belle Morte is combining the beautiful and innocent part (Belle) with malicious and twisted one (Morte). The first single “Mercy” released on Dec 9, 2017 belongs to “Belle”, while the second one will be all about “Morte”. EP release is scheduled for January 2018.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

I hate giving labels, but as this just has to be done, I would say it’s closer to symphonic metal and I’d like to encompass some progressive and gothic metal elements as well.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

“Mercy” is about the feeling you get after someone you got close to turns his back on you and you keep guessing if that was something you did or said if you should try harder, if this happened accidentally and that person doesn’t realize what impact his actions have, or was this all on purpose. As an introvert, I’m always afraid to be too pushy or intrusive and eventually just let it go, even if this means losing a person forever. So “Mercy” is about how desperately you feel when you have to let go, but don’t want to.

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Tell us about the problems you are facing as a musician.

It’s always hard to get out your shell and start showing your work to real people, who are not your friends and can provide honest feedback. Each song is a personal story and it means a lot to me, so it is hard to open up.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

“Mercy” was an extremely simple one to compose. One day I was sitting by the piano and somehow the verse melody just came out – and I liked the warm feeling it gave me. Then I wanted to make a contrast at the chorus, something that could sound powerful and dramatic. Eventually I had a lot of fun trying to write it all down in Guitar Pro as it resulted in  4/4 – 5/4 – 6/4 – 3/4 – 6/8 – 3/8 – 7/4 rhythm changes.

Arrangement Sergey Butovsky (my good friend and sound producer) did was targeted towards the same thing: make a stronger contrast and show song dynamic – we had very little changes here as it was clear from the beginning.

Eventually we had 2 recording sessions (not counting one more for the backing vocal).

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List the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

“Mercy” is the only single I have now and it was released on December 9th. Nevertheless I got a lot of positive feedback. Blogs that supported me so far:

http://www.thrashocore.com/news/news/5125-les-news-du-15-decembre-2017-belle-morte-news.html

https://heavymetaltshirts.net/ (will be posted within a month)

Belorussian radio https://vk.com/radio_stalitsa

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goals.

My music career is at the very beginning. I’ve been composing songs for 15 years, and as a teenager always wanted to join a band. This eventually happened, but as we were all too young and inexperienced, this came to nowhere, which was frustrating. We stopped playing together, but I never left the dream of making music and started preparing to do this alone.

The big changes happened when I met Sergey Butovsky, Ivory band front-man: he did all the arrangement and sound producing for my songs. Before that I just wanted to know if the songs I wrote were worth listening and anything good could come of it. When we completed first songs, I understood they were.

My short-term goals are releasing EP and making a music video. Besides, I have a list of songs waiting to see the world, so LP is also an option. And for sure I’d like to find musicians willing to join the project and make more songs together.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

I never write songs when I’m feeling happy. Composing for me is a relief and the only helper when I feel sad and depressed. And inspiration comes from everywhere – sometimes I can feel fascinated by a single word as it gives an impulse.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song.

To me, a hit song should have something people can easily relate to their experiences. Lyrics are extremely important for creating a strong connection with the listener, and a singer should make an effort and translate the message in a way that leaves no doubt it is truthful.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Get close to your colleagues in music world (no matter what genre), ask questions and learn, learn, learn. And remember that any band can be perceived as a product. Make sure you are consistent with the message you are trying to deliver in the band name, music, lyrics, visual assets, personality and public image – this is what helps to stand out.

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

“Mercy” is the first single, the second one is planned for the end of December, EP is planned for January and I also started to work on the music video. So I can say all the big things are yet to come.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

It always starts with me, piano and a couple of chords. I play them on the loop with something like “mmm” instead of any lyrics till I feel I got to something worthy. And then the words usually come naturally.

When I have the music and lyrics, I show it to a couple of friends and ask to share their thoughts. And after that I pass this material for arrangement and talk to the sound producer to outline what impression the song should create. We polish it step by step, record instruments, and when the arrangement is ready, record vocals and back-vocals in the studio.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.

I’m really open for any suggestions here, and I believe collaboration can create very powerful songs. As a reference, I’m really into “Passenger” by Disturbed and Maynard from Tool – I’d be proud to do something this significant.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for purchase of your songs.

https://soundcloud.com/bellemortemusic

https://bellemorte.bandcamp.com/

https://vk.com/bellemortemusic

http://instagram.com/bellemort9

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

My happiest day was my 18th Birthday – together with my band we had an all-night rehearsal, and there we had a striking moment when everyone started playing perfectly. It was a feeling that we all were more than the sum of the parts and I understood this is what I want to do in my life.

The saddest day was when I had to drop my vocal/arrangement classes as I was working on 2 jobs and was exhausted. I was walking to the office, when I realized I’m using exactly the same path I do every day, I have exactly the same tracks in my player, and exactly the same thoughts in my head. And I must change this at any cost; otherwise I have nothing to live for.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

When you don’t have a million dollars it’s easy to say you’ll be helping community or spend it on charity. The truth is – I don’t know. I would definitely make a music studio in my house, hire a chef to cook and some more people to take care of my daily routine and focus on music.

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Tell us about your song.

“Mercy” is Belle Morte’s first single. Lyrics and music are done by Belle Morte, arrangement, sound producing, mixing and mastering are done by Sergey Butovsky.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

I have an everyday work to make a living, so all time left when I’m done with the job I strive to spend on music-related activities. I have 3 vocal classes/week, which I visit in the morning, and I try to dedicate some evening time to music which can be watching educational videos/reading theoretical materials, polishing old songs I have or composing new ones.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.

Roxette – the sound of my childhood. Always felt a strong connection with them.

Tori Amos

Corey Taylor

Adam Darski

Nightwish

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music.

I’d reply with a quote: “this would never end because I want more”. At first I wanted to check if anything good can come of the songs I had. Now when I had the first single and it got a lot of positive reactions, I can’t wait to release the second single and EP. And I hope they will be successful enough so I can focus on LP, compose new songs and make tours.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.

As the number of artist grows dramatically each day, it’s very easy to overlook the real talent. You must be creative and somehow different, or chances are you’ll get lost. In the same time you can’t just say to yourself “ok, I need to be creative” – this should come organically as you reflect on the person you are/want to be, message your music should deliver, emotions it should create etc.

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Tell us the reason you are into music.

I was into music for all my life, starting with violin classes when I was 5 and until now. I was always fascinated by the effect music can make: it can cure you, when you feel broken, it can inspire you, and it can return you to the certain moment in past and it can make you feel you are not alone.

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference.

It doesn’t really matter for me if this is something old or something new: I like both. Listening to the old songs has a power of immediately bringing you to the past and gives you this warm feeling only music can give. But new music opens a new world; make you hungry in terms of looking for more trends and inspiration.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

The first stage performance. I’ve never been so nervous in my life, but afterwards when the people came up to us and told they loved the song, it meant everything to me.

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Tell us what you would do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.

I see a lot of injustice around me, and I like to believe I can be the one helping people who can’t stand out for themselves.

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