Lara de Belder – Overtime [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Sexy Jazz Pop

Tell us a few things about your new song “Overtime”. What is the main idea behind it?

I started with the bass line for Overtime. I imagined it on a double bass and thought it had a bit of a cheeky swagger, then heard this walking chromatic blues bass for the pre-chorus which added a quirkiness. As I started to write the lyrics whilst feeling the groove of the bass it unfolded as a song about hypnotic attraction to someone. The idea in my mind is based on a few real life incidents. Imagine being at a crowded house party where everyone around starts to become a little bit blurred as your focus is completely drawn to this one person who seems to completely capture your attention and you can’t keep your eyes off them. The quirky blues walk captures the feeling as they come closer to you, then maybe they meet your eyes before they then pass by. The music then for me encapsulates a blurring between fantasy and reality but that hypnotic attraction remains throughout. The ‘do do do ba dow’ harmonies are also supposed to be part of this fantasy feeling and are inspired by close harmony female vocal groups from the 40s and 50s.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

Tough question. There’s a few for this one but I’d say right now ‘playin’ out a part again but will I stick it? Oh no…’ is one that resonates. Being an actor I like the idea of exploring the roles that we play as performers and also the roles we play in life – the narratives we create for ourselves out of our own experiences and beliefs. This lyric alludes to the fact I’ve felt this way more than once, and there have been times in the past that I was worried I was always going to fall victim to these hypnotic feelings for someone so strongly that I wouldn’t ever be able to commit to one relationship, aka to stick to the part I’m playing instead of being pulled off-course and going elsewhere.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

I’m a lover of lots of different genres, I’d say my biggest influences currently include Celeste, Melody Gardot, Jacob Collier, Erykah Badu, Jamiroquai, Lizzo, Robyn, Shura, Jessie Ware, Liane Carroll, Jamie Cullum, Amy Winehouse and Anaïs Mitchell.

What would you change in the music industry?

Gosh, another tough one as there are a lot of problematic elements of the industry. Right now I would say the fact it is so age-obsessed. I would take away the cultural obsession it seems to have with youth. It’s not healthy for anyone whether you’re very young or older. Age is something we have no control over so I’d prefer to see everyone feeling free to celebrate their real age in honesty instead of feeling the pressure to lie about it in order to attract more fans or label interest. It’s tough because there is a real encouragement of artists to be young or say we’re younger than we are. But the more we perpetuate it, the longer the culture will last.

Favorite film ever?

Impossible to say I have one favourite. I love Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – beautiful film! I’m a big fan of Labyrinth with Bowie and the Jim Henson team, and I really like Studio Ghibli movies and love Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away and Nausicaä

You’d give up making music for…

Probably Acting haha, my other passion. Or else, I’ve considered training to be a therapist or Life Coach. I’m really interested in psychology and have taken a lot of great courses that have taught me a lot about the power of the mind and engaging with life in a more proactive, empowering way. So I would seriously consider working with people in that area if not music.

Thank you!

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