Fiery haired Alice Bentley from Glasgow releases her equally as fiery new single “Perfect Stranger” on Friday (27th March – not that anyone knows the date anymore) and it is guaranteed to get you out of bed/off the couch, forgetting about the isolation situation, and having a dance around the room.
Opening lyrics “The city lights shine a little brighter without you in my life” set the tone of the single – it makes you feel like you’re driving fast past all the city lights with your hands in the air. I’m already excited to have it in my playlists; for summer, for driving, for staying in, for going out – for everything really! The perfect, bouncy, upbeat pop track is the follow up single to “Come Up” which was released earlier in the year – both tracks leaving you excited to see what’s coming next. I caught up with Alice to find out a bit more about the pop superstar in the making;
Who is Alice Bentley?
I’d love to be able to give you an answer but I still haven’t a bloody clue aha! I think that’s the fun in all of this (and without sounding cliche) its about finding yourself learning who you are as a person. Maybe ask me in a year and I’ll have a better answer..
What made you decide to start releasing music?
I’ve always wanted to do music and I think this last year I really struggled at having something to give me a drive. It just felt like the best time to dig into a new project and be proud of something I was doing.
How long have you been writing for?
I’ve been jotting things down for years but it wasn’t until the summer of 2018 when I started seriously thinking about writing. I think before then I was more just writing bits and bobs down as a sort of therapy more than thinking about the structure of writing a song. Its been really good learning about the process of writing and it’s probably the thing I enjoy most.
Your new single, “Perfect Stranger” is out on Friday; what’s the story behind it?
The story of Perfect Stranger; I was on a night out with my best pals, (I’d maybe had quite a lot to drink aha!) and I’d bumped into an ex and ended up having a big ol’ cry in the toilets of the club I was in – I think every girl I’ve ever met has been in a very similar situation. It’s mostly about in the past, feeling all these emotions you had for said person and then seeing them and realising you don’t know them anymore..
What’s your favourite thing about both of your releases so far? What are you most proud of?
I’m pretty proud of the fact that I’m doing this completely alone. Obviously I’m very lucky to have friends who work in the music business who can lend me a guiding hand but overall I’m doing this alone. It’s been really rewarding emailing people, learning all the behind the scenes parts of releasing a track and just getting to know more about the music industry.
What’s your writing process, do you have a melody first or the lyrics?
When I’m writing I usually like to listen to a couple of tracks from different artists I like and get ideas from them. I’m a huge fan of music from the 80’s so I’ll always have a listen to stuff from that era and be inspired by that. I like the get a melody down first but I will always have little snippets of lyrics in my head.
Who are your main influences?
Oh my god, I don’t even know where to start. I love Muna, Clean Cut Kid, Lorde and The 1975. That kinda pop vibe but then I’m also a huge fan of Radiohead, Portishead, Nirvana and The Chemical Brothers. My most played song of 2019 was The Waterboys – Whole of the moon. Its a bit all over the place, aha!
If you had to describe your music to someone who hadn’t heard it before, how would you describe it?
I start any email in regards to my music with “My name is Alice Bentley and I make pop music.” I think pop music gets such a bad name. I LOVE pop but if you don’t like pop this probably isn’t for you.
If you could write with any artist, who would it be and why?
Clean Cut Kid. I am OBSESSED with them. Their music is the definition of Happy Sad. I highly advise you go listen to ‘Stay’ right now aha.
What are your plans for after the crazy lockdown scenario? Will we be able to catch any gigs in the future?
I did have a plan to do a gig in May but that obviously will not be happening. I think for just now I’m just going to carry on releasing music as much as I can and take it day by day. It’s a pretty scary time for everyone at the moment so I think for now thats the safest and smartest thing I can do.
“Perfect Stranger” is out on Friday and you’ll be able to stream it from all the usual places. Find @AliceBentley__ on insta also!