We had the good fortune of connecting with Fay Blackmore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Fay, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I have always thought of myself as a very risky person. Most of my life I have been taking risks often on a whim of thinking I am in control or that the universe has my back. As I have gotten older the risks I take are definitely more thought out. Now when I think about risk I try to assess if this going to be worth it. If what I am hoping comes out of the risk doesn’t happen, am I going to be okay?
For as long as I have been in Music I have been taking risk after risk, gamble after gamble. Somehow I always have enough money. Sometimes I wonder if it’s all just some silly game the universe is playing with me and as long as I just keep doing what I am inspired to do that I am going to be taken care of.
I remember when I first started taking my music career seriously. I spent 6 months to save up $10k and just took a plane ride over to Italy and England for three months to work with a music producer I had only met once in a dingy dark club in Los Angeles. We of course had already made a single over seas and we had been talking a lot before I just took the risk.
When I got back and had 9 finished songs I was ready to show the world, not knowing the industry and being as innovative in thought as I try to be, I thought about how I could create my own success. I had previously been pretty great at event production so I decided to get my music out there I would start producing events again and put myself on the lineup. I took a risk every time I did that. Because not only was I putting all my time and money into the events, there was always the possibility that the event would fail and I’d lose everything. Somehow, likely because I am highly organized and driven, the shows were always successful. I wouldn’t never lose money, everyone would make some and it was the talk I’d hear for month and months after. It even gave talent buyers the impression that I was a headliner because of all the fliers I was headlining so I kept getting booked as a headliner.
I just think when risk taking you should never be reckless. Taking risks should always be carefully coordinated. You either need to have 99% faith you’re going to make it so you win &/or you’ve got that much faith in whoever else you are taking risks with. But remember if you don’t take risks, you are probably not going to get a whole lot out of what you can experience in life and in your careers.
There’s been plenty of times I have refused to take risks, probably more often than not. Intuition is your friend, remember that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I will try to define what I think might set me apart from others. When I am creating music I never ask myself who I want to sound like. I always allow myself to just cultivate a sound that feels true to what I am enjoying sound wise and who I feel I am. I sometimes wonder if that’s totally backwards because of how many musicians I know really try to sound like other artists. I just wanna sound like whatever BELLAVOLENT is.
What I guess what I am most proud about is that despite all the obstacles that were put in the way between music and me I always found a way to express myself through sound as well as visually. I am most excited about the fact that I will keep sharing new music and music videos I have been dying to put out! I am also very excited about songs I am currently working on and collaborations that are coming to life as well. More than anything I am excited to see how the music I create progresses over time as it can only get better from here.
There was nothing easy about getting to where I am professionally, it’s still super hard and I have a long way to go. The only way I have truly overcame challenges is by reminding myself that there is no way I can give up. To me giving up looks like my soul dying. I’d be a lifeless body moving it’s way through life until death if I gave up on my desires. So I just always find a way, there’s no way around it unless I want my soul to die.
One of the lesson’s I have learned along the way that really stick out like a sore thumb is that people lie, they manipulate and no matter how hard they work to earn your trust most of them are not trustworthy. Maybe it’s because I am a woman that I have fallen pray to many slimy lying manipulative dirtbags in the music industry or surrounding the music industry posing as someone helpful when they are just praying on others. That has been my biggest lesson, I constantly hope that I am done learning that lesson, that somehow people like that will just repel themselves from me. I like to think I have gotten better about getting away from the BS but I imagine any and every industry has snakes waiting to use and abuse others in it.
As far as what I want the world to know about BELLAVOLENT, she’s a kind beautiful person who just wants to make music that’ll uplift your hearts and elevate your mind. She wants a smooth landscape of melodies to come thundering into your entire bodies and shift you into alignment. If you wanna learn more about me and my brand BELLAVOLENT you are welcome to follow me and contact me especially if you also kind and have no manipulative intent.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite spots in the city huh? Love it. So let’s say one of my best friends is visiting for a week, where would we go? First thing that comes to mind for me is NATURE! Los Angeles is so full of nature I feel like people from out of town always get shocked by that. I often take people to Switzer Falls, almost any Topanga hike is sure to be lovely, Eaton Canyon Falls, I also like Franklin Park, you just can’t go wrong with hikes in LA. Or take a quick drive to Big Bear or Joshua Tree.
I can only eat organic now so my go to dining spot is Tocaya Organica, but I have also enjoyed Amara Kitchen, Sage Plant Based Bistro, Cafe Gratitude, True Food Kitchen & others.
Somewhere to drink…. hmmm…. it’s been a while but I certainly miss going to bars. I don’t wanna list any cuz I am not sure which ones survived the pandemic. I would definitely do some solid searching around to see where we could go that would make for a good time in this day and age.
As far as hanging out I would likely just go wherever the parties are. Woodley Park parties, parties at the beach, parties in underground venues, mansion parties, so many places to party. It’s been far too long since I got to have a friend tour the city with me thanks to the pandemic I am sorry that this one isn’t my best answer. Wherever music is, let’s go there.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Well here is the fun part, getting to shout out other people! I want to shout out Lorenzo Montanà for taking a risk with me and producing my debut album DREAM. He really was the start to my musical success and I will always appreciate him for that. I wanna shout out Ryan Moody for being an amazing mentor when I was first getting into playing my music live, without him I wouldn’t have gotten a solid crash course on how to create a proper set and how to successfully play live. I wanna thank everyone who supported me along the way and those that are still supporting me today. Cait Cuneo of Violet Grae for helping me transform my vocal performance + so much more. I would start shouting out people individually but I don’t want anyone to get bad if I miss their name. But there are a lot of you and I wouldn’t be where I am without your love, support & encouragement. Who I really want to shout out are the music artists that inspire me everyday to create music. There are many that I don’t personally know I will miss shouting out here but I definitely wanna shout out Eriel Indigo for her constant love, support and inspiration. I also wanna shout out KillWill aka Will Champlin for being such and amazing vocalist, musician, producer, support and inspiration that he is to me daily. Other music artist friends I will do just quick shout out that you should all check out are Aftrlyfe, Savant Tali, Eko Zu, Jackie Vae, Duke Skellington, Keith Snow, Nico Luminous, Govinda, An-Ten-Nae, Stephan Jacobs + so so so many more!