We spoke with Belle Morte, the vocalist and lyricist of her namesake band, about her musical vision, their most recent releases, and planned projects. With our geeky game, we also got a glimpse of the person behind the performer. Enjoy this beautiful interview with Belle Morte!
Hello, Belle. I’m happy to be talking with you. How are you and your band doing?
Hi, thank you for having me. We are recording our second album and it’s an incredibly exciting journey for all of us. This time each song is a separate project where we dive into different music traditions and get inspiration from it. It will be different from the music we did before, starting from using a lot of ethnic instruments and incorporating different influences, to pushing the genre boundaries even more.
This sounds amazing! You have most recently released your new single “Blame Me”. How do you feel about the way people reacted to this single?
We were quite apprehensive because “Blame Me” was a departure from our usual style. We took a bold step by combining metal, ethnic Armenian instrument, and hints of jazz. It was an experimental and somewhat risky endeavor, and we were uncertain about how our listeners would respond to this unique fusion. However, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received so far. It’s incredibly gratifying to know that our fans appreciate and resonate with our creative choices. It reaffirms our belief that we made the right decision in exploring new musical territories.
Your last two singles featured an Armenian and Mongolian guest musician. How was the experience of fusing your own music with music from different cultures?
It was fantastic. Challenging, as we didn’t have an opportunity to meet all together in the studio, but incredibly rewarding. Music is a universal language, it transcends boundaries and connects people regardless of nationality, religion, or background. When I heard the captivating sound of the live instruments recorded by Ulziisaikhan and Lernik, it brought tears to my eyes. These collaborations have taught us invaluable lessons and expanded our musical horizons.
Wonderful. Do you have any new releases coming out soon?
Yes, we do! The next release will probably be the most romantic song that we ever did. It’s called “Black Waters” and it will also feature a special guest musician. We’ll announce the release date early in the summer.
Looking forward to it! In order to get to know you better and from a different point of view, how about playing an imagination game? I will set a scenario in an alternate universe with new rules and see how you’d react to the different situations. Ready?
Sure, let’s do this
In a universe where you are the queen of a country, what would be the first law you’d make?
I would establish a constitutional monarchy. I don’t think any person should have absolute power.
In a universe where humans can choose either to be able to teleport from one place to another or travel back and forth in time, which superpower would you pick?
That’s a hard one, I love both options. Probably I’d pick a teleport: it will save a lot of time and sounds environmentally-friendly. Moreover, I have a feeling that if given the opportunity to travel back and forth in time, humankind will misuse it. Altering the past could bring very unexpected consequences.
In a universe where you’re a necromancer, which dead musician would you like to talk to?
I would raise an army of musicians, forming the first-ever zombie label.
So many great musicians left us too early, it’s hard to narrow down the choice. I’d say Marie Fredriksson. Roxette music has always held a very special place in my heart and framed the way I approach songwriting a lot.
In a universe where money does not exist, but instead, people pay for things by making other people laugh, how rich would you be considered?
I would be a billionaire 🙂
In a universe where the senses of taste and hearing are mixed up together, what food would you imagine your music would taste like?
A decadent dark chocolate cake layered with subtle hints of raspberries and infused with a touch of fiery chili. A blend of sweet, bitter, and spicy flavors.
In a universe where a theme song plays whenever you wake up announcing the start of your day, what would your song be?
This really depends on the mood, but lately I’d pick Rotting Christ – Fire & Flame.
Thank you for playing, Belle! I hope you enjoyed this!
Have you ever faced any kind of sexism in your professional or personal life? How would you deal with sexist behaviour and what advice would you give young people around the world who face any kind of discrimination?
Thank you, I enjoyed it a lot.
And of course I faced sexism: sadly I think that’s something that can’t be eliminated fast, though I can definitely see how the situation improves over time. How I deal with sexist behavior depends on the situation. If someone unknowingly exhibits sexist behavior, I try to address it by speaking up and educating them. However, if it’s a deliberate act of sexism, I choose to distance myself from that person and limit my interactions with them.
To young people facing any form of discrimination, my advice is this: remember that you are worthy and deserve respect. Speak up against discrimination and seek support from others who have similar experiences. Life is too short to tolerate unfair treatment, so stand up for yourself and unite with others who share your struggles
Thank you for sharing your experience and advice! And thank you for giving us this interview. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for having me. Good luck with FemMetal and keep up the great work!
Being a feminist has been normalized as an irregularity through our patriarchal society, so I'd rather be called a "decent human" than a "feminist man". I breathe Metal and Rock and have a screwed-up sense of humour.