Words: Amy Bell
If you're the kind of person that likes to relax in your bedroom, listen to chill pop music but need to find a new artist to listen to, Bee Arnold is your girl!
Bee has been releasing music for a few years now with her own original songs and some amazing covers featured on her YouTube channel. Being played on 'BBC's Introducing Essex' and 'Your Essex', we sat down with Bee about her new single 'Side Effects', why she got in to music and we asked her if she wasn't doing music, what else would she be doing?
Hi Bee, thanks for talking to ‘ReVamp’ today, what made you want to pursue your talent of singing?
Hi, thanks so much for having me! To be honest I have always had a strong love for music, ever since I was a little girl I would dress up as Avril Lavigne and pretend to be on TV. Plus I suck at everything else...
Who were your inspirations growing up, and do you remember the first CD that you bought?
I grew up listening to artists that my parents loved. My Mum liked the Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera and my Dad was more into The Beach Boys and Fatboy Slim! My first single that I ever bought on CD was 'The Ketchup Song by Las Ketchup'. I don’t know why but I used to be obsessed with that song and the dance that went with it.
Your single ‘Side Effects’, tell me a bit about the background behind the song?
So I normally write songs that are more bad ass, as in more independent woman and sassy lyrics. However this one was written not too long ago and inspired by my boyfriend. I was trying to go for a bit of an Ariana Grande vibe as I love her music so much but still tried to keep the Bee Arnold style.
What did you want the listeners to take away from the song?
I just wanted them to have fun with it and enjoy my story/song. The song is essentially about starting to have feelings for someone when you know it’s a bit deeper than just a casual hook up or friendship. I love writing music and I love sharing it with others.
You have been featured on BBC Introducing Essex and BBC’s ‘Your Essex’, how did that make you feel?
It was great! So exciting when someone who has a radio show and shows a bit of interest in your music. I mean it’s amazing when anyone shows interest in your music but when someone who has the capability to share it with hundreds and thousands of people and wants to promote you it’s a great feeling and experience. I’ve been in to BBC Essex to perform for them in the studio as well as be interviewed and everyone there is so welcoming and friendly.
Music has always been your passion, but what else did you want to do growing up?
To be honest when I was little I never wanted to be anything else other than a singer. I’ve never really had any other dreams or goals other than to sing. As I’ve gotten older I have had other interests such as working for the NHS as a paramedic. I know it’s a super hard job and the complete opposite direction of what I am aiming for but I love working hard. I think if I’m going to do something I might as well try to help others and have a job that is beneficial to others as well as myself.
Were there any inspirations when you were younger the reason you wanted to get into music?
I was a massive Avril Lavigne and Busted fan so when I watched them on TV and seeing them in real life at a concert it made me so excited. I wanted to be up there with them. Christina Aguilera was also a massive inspiration, I wasn’t always allowed to watch some of her music videos but her music and voice is always perfection.
What are your future plans for the rest of 2021 and beyond?
Everything is still a bit all over the place at the moment to be honest with you, I am hoping to release some more music this year and potentially have a few gigs towards the end of 2021 too. I’ve spent most of this year writing and working on my co-writing skills as everything else was pretty much put on pause. I didn’t wanna release anything without being able to follow it with a release party and gig so hopefully it’s not too long before we can get back to ‘normal’ whatever that is nowadays!