Betsy has a backstory that you just couldn’t make up. It’s full of stuff ike the fact that she was born on a goose farm in rural Wales or that she studied fashion at Central St Martins which led to her designing for swanky fashion house Balenciaga in Paris. Thankfully Betsy ditched it all to return to Wales where she lived in a caravan in her brother’s garden and dedicated her entire existence to making music.
Fast forward to 2017 and Betsy’s gutsy self-titled debut album is the pay-off from her career switch up (though if her vids are anything to go by, she’s clearly putting her fashion background to good use). Betsy’s album is essentially the Cher album you didn’t know you needed in your life (though it skips on Betsy’s best song ‘Time‘).
We asked the pop oddity all of the essential questions.
What’s your worst habit?
Drinking. Damn drinking, it makes you do terrible things and slows your brain – take heed kids. Just say no!
Tell us about a recent dream you’ve had…
OMG last night I was the princess in a medieval castle and I was running around frantically buying petrol so that I could set fire to people who were trying to climb up the wall and kill me. Light [laughs]!
Do you believe in magic?
OF COURSE – oh oh oh its magic, you know, never believe it’s not so.
Who is the most famous person in your phonebook/dm’s?
I know them all darling! Only yesterday I was brunching with Brad and Partying with Clooney. Jerry Hall is my neighbour! Oh and I once sat one seat away from Pharrell at a dinner [laughs].
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I’m dyslexic and reading is tricky but love a graphic novel.
What are you scared of?
Is punk dead?
Vivienne Westwood is making sure it’s not.
If you could go back in time, when and where would you go?
To Stonehenge when they were building it to work out how in hell’s name they did it!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Fuck it! Nothing Really matters in the end!
What’s your greatest regret?
Those last couple of vodkas last night. Not wise.
What’s your biggest fail?
Letting worry, stress and sadness rule my life and wasting so much energy on being thin.
How was high school?
I hated the start of high school. I looked terrible and had no friends and lived in the library. Things got better as I got older. School just didn’t suit me. I didn’t like being a child,
Is sex important to you?
Ooh yes, I just love handsome Latin boys, but when the nights are cold and dark there’s nothing like a cwtsh [cwtsh is Welsh for cuddle] on the sofa.
What’s the worst thing anyone has ever said to you?
PERSON IN BAR: ‘Oh it’s amazing isn’t it?’
PERSON IN BAR: :You are a man right?’
What is the closest you’ve ever come to death?
When my dog ate a dead pigeon, not only was the pigeon dead but he went all floppy and I thought he was going to die. Poor little bugger. Then he threw it up and he was fine.
Have you ever broken the law?
When and why did you last cry?
You know what? I can’t remember… which is weird for me. I remember crying at my gran’s funeral half way through my performance of ‘Diamonds are Forever’.
Is the glass half full or half empty?
Full then empty then full again.
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
‘Whole Lotta Love’ by Led Zeppelin.
What’s the biggest problem facing humans as a species?
Is celebrity culture going to destroy us all?
We have far worse things coming our way than celebrity culture, as annoying as it is.
What’s your writing process?
I have to have something to say. So when I sit down to write the song can write itself. I start with chords, then melody and lyric, then I add in the synths and string hooks.
What do your family think of your music?
My mum liked it! I’m sure my brothers find it funny, they think I spend my life sat in the park with a guitar musing [laughs].
How would you describe your sound?
EPIC DIVA POP.
What would your biography be titled?
“Tales of the Old Hag That Used to Sing.”