“Basic Betch” is a new song by musical artist Boozybetch—real name Wils—a musical artist who is best known for winning Best Pop Album of the Year at the Hollywood F.A.M.E Awards for his album, WTF. The album also received a Best Album nomination at the Los Angeles Music Awards.
In 2019, Wils came out publicly as gay to fans and was immediately dropped by the label that distributed WTF. Now releasing music independently, he is out with “Basic Betch,” a song that celebrates the partying lifestyle.
Wils recently discussed his music and career via an exclusive interview.
Meagan Meehan (MM): When did you first realize that you wanted to be a musical artist and how would you describe your sound?
Wils: At the age of 13! I entered a school talent contest and realized that I felt so free whenever there was music around me. I would describe my sound today as Electric pop with a sense of freedom.
MM: How did you come up with your alter ego, Boozy Betch? Is this a one-time thing or will you feature more songs by her?
Wils: Growing up in Singapore, I lived many years in a toxically masculine environment where any show of femininity was seen as weak or gay. It made me fear femininity. Boozy betch was a way to let the fear go. I know that a lot of conservative people in Asia are going to be very angry with the song, but it’s time for a change. I’m sure this isn’t the last time I’m tapping into Boozybetch but we might see a sweeter side of her down the road.
MM: What events inspired “Basic Betch” and did the lyrics or beat come to you first?
Wils: I’ve met some really wonderful, nurturing, loving, fun and wacky women over the past few years. They inspired “Basic Betch”. The song is about living unapologetically without trying to be something else. The beat came before the lyrics!
MM: What is your favorite line in the song?
Wils: “Can I get a vodka with a splash of white claw?”
MM: Will there be a music video? Has filming been delayed due to Covid?
Wils: Still on the brainstorm board! The video was delayed due to Covid. Covid may have changed the way the entertainment industry works forever.
MM: What has been the best thing about working in the music industry so far?
Wils: Its definitely having a voice to make a difference and connecting with people and bringing good vibes in their lives.
MM: What projects are coming up for you soon?
Wils: I’m working on a few collaborations and I just found out that I’ll be part of a book about inspiring others, so that’s cool.
MM: Is there anything else that you would like to discuss or something weighing on your mind? We would love to hear!
Wils: This has been a really difficult moment in life for a lot us. It’s vital to make use of this time to connect to what really matters: friends and family. Let go of thoughts that bring you no good. Show gratitude in the small things. And most importantly of all, find comfort in your own skin.
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