We had the good fortune of connecting with BethBanger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi BethBanger, how do you think about risk?
As I continue to grow, I’ve realized that when I take a risk I get the most out of whatever I’m risking. That can be as small as changing up particular lyrics in a song to better reflect who I am, or as big as performing in front of tons of people. When I’ve taken these kinds of risk the pay off has been amazing for my growth as an artist and also as a human being. Now there are times when you do have to be smart about the risk you take. Like if I know I’m allergic to something and I choose to eat it just to be risky, that’s not a smart risk at least for my health. but when it comes to music and my life, I know that if I’m not taking a risk, I’m not growing. growth is a never ending journey. You should never stop growing, learning, and getting better at your craft.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My musical style has no limitations to it and once I discovered that I knew that I could create whatever I wanted to sonically. When you listen to BethBanger your gonna here a lot of different styles. Hip-Hop, R&B, rock, pop, some alternative sounds and so much more. I think the thing that brings all of this together and makes it sound cohesive is my voice. I don’t really sound like any of my artist colleagues. I’m not sure other people feel about that but I love it. so if you hear me singing a ballad on one track and rapping on the next, you’ll still be able to say “hey this is BethBanger!”
For me to get to this point professional and musically was not easy at all. I usually tell people it was more of a mental and emotional struggle for me. I was painfully shy and I was raised in a house where the music I make was not getting played. I had to really step outside of the goals and aspirations that my family had for me and think about what it is that I really loved, which is music. I had to force my self to get uncomfortable to do the things that I wanted in my head. I had to push myself. Even when I didn’t believe something sounded good or hearing my voice in the mic sounded weird, I had to keep pushing past certain fears.
I’ve learned so much about myself on this journey. I’m so creative when it comes to how I put my songs together, I am willing to learn how to do things myself when it comes to recording just so I can master another skill. I really just want people to know that you are more than what anybody says you are. You have the capacity to really shake the room around you and that you do not just have to stick to one thing, do everything that makes you happy.
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.
Okay so being from Baltimore and getting be apart of the music scene has been just a beautiful part of who I am. There are so many little clubs, bars, hole in the wall spots that on the outside don’t really look like much but when you get in that there its a portal to some of the best nights I’ve had. Of course I’m gonna say you have to visit The Crown in the city. from just being someone who liked going there for a good time, to getting to perform there has just made me ten times more excited to be in there in good company. I’m definitely more of a bar going kinda girl so going to federal Hill is a must. so much energy at night, good drinks, opportunity to meet and make new friends, it’s bomb. While your down in Federal Hill you gotta stop at Abby’s! they have amazing burgers. Just get the shrimp burger and thank me later. As far as hanging out I definitely love company in my own home. I have a home studio where most of my music gets made so this is where I do like to spend a lot of my down time. So if your a fellow artist or just a music lover then the studio is a prefect place to go.
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?
I give a lot of my thanks to my brother Benjamin Banger. He’s a producer and creative on the music scene and he’s been doing this way longer than me. I remember going to his shows, beat battle, DJ events or whatever else and just being really proud of him but at the same time wishing that I could get up on stage and communicate with listeners through music. During that time I was just very shy and just scared of the power that my voice actually has. Through a lot of ben’s encouragement, even if it was non verbal, he has really been my day one supporter. He’s honest with me about my crafts and the moves that I make in this business and he is just a prime example of treating others how you would like to be treated. I value every bit of advice or insight that he gives me. moral of the story…he’s my bestie.
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