Following on from the rapturous response to her recently delivered singles “Get This” and “Cool Whip” earlier this year, both of which found radio support from BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo and Jack Saunders, and received DSP support from Spotify NMF UK, Fresh Finds, Fresh Finds Pop, Peach and more, “awkward pop” pioneer Belot looks to continue her impressive streak to deliver the bouncing new single “V.I.P’.
Much like the previous offerings we have heard from her these last few months, “V.I.P” stands as a wonderfully fun and upbeat listen. Channeling another heady dose of shimmering production against her own quirky persona throughout, she is continuing to make 2023 one of her most impactful years to date.
Adding about the new track, she said, “I can honestly say V.I.P was a song I never expected to write. V.I.P was a classic case of making the music before writing the lyrics. I have to make it clear that this song is totally conceptual at least for the moment, rain drops of Champagne are still very much their full and extortionate price. My co-writer and I had started playing around with this sort of groove, at first it started off being a bit of silliness, but we kept going and eventually we were like… we HAVE to use this. It sort of had this nostalgic energy, we both grew up listening to Eminem, Dr Dre, 50 Cent etc. and we were all about it. (It goes without saying we have absolutely nothing on any of those artists but we can try.) We both sort of knew what a beat like this demanded from a song and so we went in, full force. This song is about glitz, glamour, success, redemption. It just had to be. The story of becoming the biggest artist one could be.”
As well as releasing her highly-acclaimed EP ‘Harmless Fun’ in 2022, she also saw out last year with a flurry of live performances, including a sold out headline show at London’s Paper Dress Vintage, support slots with Michael Aldag, Caity Baser, Dora Jar, Cate Canning, Ellie Dixon and Pip Millett, as well as festival highlight at Latitude.
Belot is a pop fanatic. She adores pop – she lives it, breathes it, and devours it whole. Well, she’d have to. Her own songwriting – deliciously infectious, hilariously engaging – is pop in its purest, most ruthlessly enjoyable sense. It’s crafted by a student of the genre, someone who wakes up in the morning with a song in her head, and won’t rest until it’s down on tape before breakfast. It’s what allowed her debut EP to become such a surprise success – and it’s what is driving her to undreamt of heights.
Brought up in North London, living with her Mum and older brother, she was surrounded by music from a young age with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys and Al Green being regularly played in the house. She’s always naturally gravitated to music, and would write songs in the bath as early as she can remember.
By the age of 8, she was teaching herself guitar in a quest to put her bath time warblings into some sort of construct. Aged 12 Belot had progressed to a laptop and recording, using Logic. Music was clearly the place she felt she could best express her emotions.
She fluked her way into the Brit School at the age of 14 and throughout her time there she started to formulate her own vision of the sort of music she wanted to make and how she wanted to be perceived as an artist.
Her musical journey continued – soaking up music of The Strokes, Phoenix, Andy Shauf, Flume, Alt J, Metronomy, and the aggressive dubstep of Kill The Noise.
“I love pop. Always have! And I’m not afraid to say it,” she exclaims. “I think for me, a pop song is something that is going to be so catchy it hurts. I’m going to wake up in the middle of the night and it’ll still be stuck in my head.”
From hereon in, at the quietest moments of the day and night, Belot is set to be your companion, shaking up your life and providing something unique, and truly addictive.