BETTY: "We need Pride because the world is sliding back into a dangerous, conservative time"

The band behind The L Word's iconic theme tune is playing the Radio DIVA Women's Stage at Pride in London.


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Erin Schaff

 

One of the most hotly anticipated acts performing at the Radio DIVA Women's Stage at Pride in London has to be BETTY. This kickass, feminist band has been making music for decades, but you might know them best as the creators of The L Word theme song. We cannot wait for the moment they play it at Pride in London and the crowd inevitably goes wild. We spoke to Pride veteran and BETTY rock star Elizabeth Ziff to find out what else they have in store for us.

 

DIVA: Do you remember the first Pride BETTY performed at?

ELIZABETH ZIFF: The first Pride Alyson, Amy and I played at was 1986. It was in a hidden away in a field area in Washington D.C. No other bands would perform for Gay Pride for fear it would hurt their career. We wouldn’t dream of NOT performing. People were brave to be there. We had an amazing time and blew the roof off the mutha! We haven’t looked back since.

 

Wow. Over thirty years of performing at Pride - that's incredible! Why do we still need Pride?

We still need pride because right now the world seems to be sliding back into a very dangerous and conservative time. We have to push forward and make sure that all people are equal and safe, especially women and LGBT people. And it’s an important political statement to stand with other like minded people and declare your love and your right to love and to be free.

 

100% agreed! We all know and love you from The L Word. What was your favourite ever episode?

All the ones I wrote …. haha. I like a lot of the episodes. It was an important show.

 

What challenges have you experienced during your career because of your gender or sexual identity?

That’s hard to say because I’ve never been in the closet so I have nothing to compare it to. I do know that in the beginning of our career we had a lot more people telling us how and what to be as women in music. The music industry has never been very feminist friendly, but here we are 30 years later still going strong and bringing back vintage gay! Rise up!

 

What can we look forward to about your performance at the Radio DIVA Women's Stage at Pride in London?

Look forward to high energy, fun music from our old and new CDs and some brand new stuff with a political bent. With some anger towards what is happening in America right now. FUCK TRUMP.

 

What are you working on now?

We’re working on new music to record as well as promoting women’s and girls' empowerment through music with our non-profit thebettyeffect.org. Also, I’m single so I personally am working on meeting a lot of British women…

 

Should be a fun Pride in London then! What else is coming up for BETTY?

BETTY is doing a tour in Vienna, Berlin, Stuttgart, Cape Town and Johannasburg South Africa this summer. And along with that tour we will be back in London for an intimate show on 1 August at Greennote in Camden. For more information check out: greennote.co.uk/production/betty/.

 

See BETTY perform live at the Radio DIVA Women's Stage at Pride in London in Leicester Square on Saturday 8 July.

 

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