Boop Oop A Doop: Rarely has an artist been so perfectly named. “Betty Who” is an appropriate moniker for the Australian synth-pop artist. Not because she’s an anonymous figure in the modern, brutal pop world but because she seems to have been spending the first few years of her career discovering herself, working out what she wants her signature sound to be and, of course, growing up. Hence, her last EP was called Betty, Pt. 1 and her album is called Betty, despite the fact that they’re preceded by two albums and two EPs for RCA Records. She’s an indie artist now, going it alone, and she’s at the beginning of a new chapter. Shea Couleé also plays.
We spoke to Who in 2018, and she told us that, “The place that I’m at in my life right now, personally as well as professionally, I’ve gone through a lot of changes. When you’re 20-something, you think, ‘This is my grown-up life now.’ I think most people have experienced that or are going to. This EP, in a lot of ways, is very representative of that. I had to move past a lot of stuff and put a lot of experiences in the past that I’ve had to overcome in my own personal way. So that when I went in for this record, I felt like I didn’t have any of those little voices in my head holding me back or telling me that I couldn’t do it or I wasn’t good enough. Although those voices can also motivate you. Somebody tells you you can’t do something, it makes you want to do it even more.”
“I think I have a large musical interest,” Who added. “I listen to a lot of different music, I’m inspired by a lot of different genres of music, and I think that can seep into my music more now than ever. I think it’s less one- or two-dimensional. I’m trying to make this record four- or five-dimensional. I also think that the stories I’m telling are a bit more grown-up. My experiences are more complicated, and I think something that I work with a lot in my songwriting and struggle through a lot is telling a really complicated story. People can feel more than one way at once. I think I’m trying to capture a lot of that emotional depth and intelligence in some of my songs.”
Boop Oop A Doop: The event takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at the Novo.
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