The rising artist Ber has earned praise for her heartfelt songwriting and angelic vocals heard in her early releases such as ‘Meant To Be’. That song has already exceeded 50 million streams, leading to airplay from Radio 1 as well as Zane Lowe and Travis Mills at Apple Music 1. She has also been embraced by a community of singer-songwriters, most notably when she performed as part of a supergroup at Barn On The Farm with Holly Humberstone, Maisie Peters, JP Saxe, Dylan Fraser and Flyte’s Will Taylor. Today, Ber unveils the official video for her latest single, “Superspreader,”
Who were your musical influences growing up?
“Mumford and Sons, The Beatles, Coldplay, alt-J, Fleetwood Mac, Adele, Earth Wind and Fire, and The Weepies. The first song I ever learned on the guitar was I’m Yours by Jason Mraz, the second was Little Lion Man. It wasn’t until college that I found a knack for songwriting and fell in love with pop music, and started truly appreciating Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and other incredible female artists”.
Tell us about your new single Superspreader – what was the inspiration behind the lyrics?
“Superspreader!!!! I love this song. It was one of the last songs I wrote while living in my uncles basement in Minneapolis, after a long year and a half of trying to get back on my feet after moving home to Minnesota during the lockdowns of 2020 and experiencing some extreme heartbreak related emotions for far too long. I was working two jobs at the time, and desperately trying to distract myself from those thoughts by filling my time with work, tinder dates and seeing friends, and it was so exhausting and truly just wasn’t working. I had the lyric “you still ruin my life even though we don’t talk anymore” scribbled in my notes for that whole year, and eventually I sat down with my friend Geth over zoom, and we spilled out this song. It was very cathartic to write, and truly is just a time capsule for that version of me that lived in her uncles basement and tried really hard to get over a dumb British boy”.
We love the video.. what can you tell us about the story behind the video?
“Thank you so so so much!! We really just wanted to show off Minnesota. This song is very much geographically placed here for me, so it felt right to film it with a team from here, at a cabin, in the woods. We found it quite easy to depict the isolation I felt at the time I wrote the song, that perhaps we all felt in 2020, and I love how cinematic it feels. I’m so glad you like it :)”.
Describe your music in 3 words
“Internalized indie pop 😂”
If you could collaborate with any other artist – who would that be?
Where do you get your inspiration from when writing songs?
“My songs are very, very autobiographical. Haha. I write about whatever is directly in front of me. No one or nothing is safe 😂 I find songwriting super cathartic and my therapist says that it’s good for me to write my emotions down, because again, they’re little time capsules for specific experiences or emotions and I’m really happy that I have this tool. My mental health is better for it”.
If you had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?
“You know, I wish I was a pro surfer. But I’ve never surfed in my life and know that I would be completely miserable at it”.
Have you got any gigs coming up?
“I can’t believe I’m typing this but I’m going on tour with SIGRID! In North America. And I’ve never looked forward to anything more. I have some more exciting things coming up too but first is tour with Sigrid, and I can’t wait to scream these new tracks on tour with everyone. :)”
By Siân Parker