We had the good fortune of connecting with Bella Corich and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bella, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
My mother always tells me that from before I could even speak I was interested in sounds.

Ambulance sirens, commercial jingles, stranger’s coughing on the street , the announcement bell on the train; whatever noise I heard around me (as strange as it might have sounded) I would mimic it.

I believe as a child, even without any comprehension of language, I was instantly attracted to sound and its effect on my ear and brain. This has unsurprisingly continued throughout my life. Running to a mid-week gig after a long day of school, spending hours rummaging through the music store for a new cool looking CD, and shamefully filling up the family computer with viruses as I downloaded all those songs for free on Limewire. One of clearest memories I have of growing up is of running errands with my father all across London where one day we found ourselves at Abbey Road. I remember standing by the infamous crosswalk where the Beatles stood so many years before me and looking up at the iconic white building and so desperately wanting to go inside. I needed to know what it looked like and smelt like and search every corner of that historical building. Every musical experience always ended in the same way – fulfilment, joy, and absolute wonder.

It was that feeling that quickly made me realise I wasn’t going to let up easy and follow the usual path of my peers. I wasn’t going to be a lawyer; I wasn’t going to be a banker: and I definitely wasn’t going to be a doctor despite my obsession with Grey’s Anatomy. From there I became labelled as the ‘art kid’ – always spending my time in the music building practising and staying late after school for my acapella group or finishing a painting for art class. It wasn’t a difficult choice when college applications started – I knew I was applying to art and music school. After my gap year I then started at Berklee College of Music in Boston and eventually found myself in the Production and Engineering degree where I spent almost every hour outside of class recording music in a studio.

After graduating I moved to LA and have worked in recording studios as a producer and engineer. It has been a whirlwind and have had incredible experiences working on amazing music and with artists that I grew up listening to.

That isn’t to say it hasn’t been easy – following your passion can be an incredibly daunting and scary process. Many people will try and change your mind to do something more ‘in line’ with what everyone else is doing. All I have to say is whatever give you that feeling of fulfilment and wonder wont go away – so you might as well feed it and the feeling will feed you back!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a music producer and engineer. I work mainly on pop and rock music and have worked on projects with artists such as MARINA, Matt Maeson, Georgia Parker, and Mom Rock. Being in a studio is definitely my happy place – just being able to see the music being made from scratch and being a part of the team that can build it up it something that is so rewarding. One of my favourite things to record is definitely a loud band and especially drums! I love to get my hands dirty with some distortion and crunch. Somebody once told me a good song with always have at least one really bold thing – whether it be a guitar part that is just out of this world loud or a drum fill that has so much crunch it might blow the speaker or a vocal that has a crazy reverb thats way too long but somehow works. Whatever it is I try to incorporate that element of bold into every piece of my work to always bring a sense of different and new.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
As cliche as it might be I would always say a drive up and down the Pacific Coast Highway – the first day I got my car I just drove and drove and drove by myself listening to all my favourite songs stopping every 5 minutes to take a picture of the cliffs and ocean. There’s just nothing like driving up and down the CA coast to me – you can make a pit stop at Broad St Oyster Company in Malibu and refill with the best lobster rolls of all time!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Sarah Fein – my best friend, sister from another mister, and daily inspo – she’s a badass female music manager absolutely killing it in the game!

Website: https://www.bellacorichmusic.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bellacorich/?hl=en

Image Credits
Photo of Album Art for artists worked with: NOT THE MAIN CHARACTERS, MARINA, Georgia Parker, Mom Rock

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