INTERVIEW: Veronica Belmont from the Carps' "Veronica Belmont"
Remember that track "Veronica Belmont" by the Carps that we posted last week? Well, as it happens there's a real live person that inspired the track: outgoing Mahalo Daily host Veronica Belmont. Veronica didn't have any connection to the Carps up until they named a song after her, but she did have a connection to RCRD LBL, oddly enough. I've known Veronica for years, but the song's appearance on the site was pure coincidence, I found out about it when Faith-Ann posted it up the other day. Anyway, since I had an in with her I figured I'd grab Veronica for a few minutes and ask her how in the hell she ended up inspiring a pop song.
So how did you first find out about the song?
The girlfriend of Jahmal from the Carps emailed me to let me know that they were releasing the song on the new EP. She sent me a link to their MySpace page, which is where I heard it for the first time!
Did she mention how they ended up writing a song about you?
They told me that they were fans of Buzz Out Loud [Ed. - A podcast Veronica used to host], and that they thought it was a good title for a song about "people on the internet and feeling like you actually know them."
Have you heard from the since?
Yes, I've traded some MySpace notes with Jahmal, and he commented on my blog post about the song. They're great! I teased them about stealing my "Google juice" and he promised it wouldn't happen! I was, of course, joking around about the Google juice thing. Kind of.
How many times have you listened to the song?
I've probably listened to it 10 times or so now that I have a copy of the track.
Were you relieved that it's actually a pretty good song? It would be pretty rough to have a song written about you that you couldn't stand. I wonder if Scarlett Johansson actually likes that Teenagers song about her.
Yeah, I don't really know what I would have done if the song were bad. Probably just try to ignore it. But I find myself humming it, and it's in the vein of music I listen to anyhow! So yes, definitely relieved. Either way, it's extremely flattering!
Are you going to make the song the ringtone on your iPhone or would that be too weird?
That would be a bit bizarre. Ryan already gives me a hard time when he hears me listening to it. "Are you listening to your song again?? You love that song."
Are they making a video?
Jahmal's girlfriend said they would be making a video for the song in the next few months, but they haven't asked me to be in it or anything. I totally would, though! *hint hint*
I'll see what we can do! What's funny for me is that Faith-Ann posted that track and didn't realize you had a connection to RCRD LBL.
Yeah, it was hilarious when I saw the blog post on RCRD LBL! I was getting quite a few emails about the song (someone even sent me a remix they found) but that must have been kind of weird to see on your site, huh?
It was the definitely the weirdest moment to date.
I should write a song about The Carps.
If you write a song about the Carps we'll definitely post it. Or if you want to get really meta, you could do the Veronica Belmont remix of "Veronica Belmont".
Haha! But seriously, I have no musical talent.
Thanks for chatting with us!