Making my first music video

A couple of weeks ago I filmed my first ever professional music video.  It’s for my first single, 35 Missed Calls which should be released in a few weeks.

And, later on today I’m getting a sneak peak at the finished video. I am really excited.

The filming was a lovely experience although it was VERY cold and sometimes wet, and sometimes extremely muddy. Jessica, the film’s producer had developed a really nice story for the video and it involved me skipping around our local countryside in Wellington boots and a beautiful Victorian style nightgown. But it was so cold that I had to wear a woolly hat and a poncho, diving into my Dad’s big winter coat between takes.

Other shots had me in a different outfit, singing to the camera with my ukulele. Costume changes in a van wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences but I was told ‘you have to suffer for your art’ ha ha.

I can’t wait to see the finished results after Jessica and her partner, Shaun have edited all the bits together. And I can’t wait for you to see it too. If you’re not already subscribed to this blog, make sure you do by entering your email address in the form on this page and you’ll be the first to know when the video’s live.

I’ve got to give a huge thank you to my Mum and Dad for keeping me warm during the filming and carrying all the stuff. They’ve got jobs as roadies when I do my first tour!

And big thanks to Distilled Records and Jessica and Shaun for letting me realise my dreams.


Zoë x

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Singing For My Supper

Following on from a couple of REALLY busy weekends, I was looking forward to a quiet one when my Mum got a facebook message:

“Would Zoe like to sing in the streets of Dumfries tomorrow?”

A little bit of an odd request, but it was all part of The Big Burn’s Supper – you can read more about that by following the link, but I got involved by singing (just me and my uke) on a Saturday afternoon to unsuspecting shoppers in the middle of Dumfries.

I was a little unsure at first but ended up having a great time. I started off outside but it was so cold I couldn’t feel my fingers so my Mum, who’s a hero by the way, spoke to the management of the indoor shopping centre and we got permission for me to perform in the warm.

I really enjoyed myself and I got loads of compliments from people of all ages and was even interviewed by a local radio station.

We gave a lift to my talented, musical friend Calum, who was also asked to perform, but he braved the freezing temperatures and stayed outside for about two hours. A huge gold star to Calum.

You should really check out Calum’s facebook page too, he really is very good.

We finished off the day with a bag of chips each and a lovely cup of tea at Calum’s parent’s (Our good friends Cathy & Liam)

So, overall it was a great day, not the quiet one I was expecting, but a wonderful one with some fab memories.


Zoë x




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I’m in the Dandelion Radio Festive 50 for 2011

What a way to finish off 2011. Today, Christmas Day, I discovered that I got voted onto the prestigious Dandelion Radio Festive 50.

This is a tradition that the legendary Radio 1 DJ, John Peel started back in the 70’s and it charts the most popular tracks that have been played during the current year. Following John’s death in 2004 the show eventually moved across to Dandelion Radio and Jeff Grainger featured me on his show in November.

So today, just after our Christmas dinner, we started listening to the chart rundown. I am absolutely over the moon to say that my song, 35 Missed Calls made it to 27. Wow!!!

This is a great way to finish this year which has been overwhelming for my music career. I’ve done loads of gigs, supported some fantastic people, got a record deal and have recorded what will become my first ever two singles! Eek!

Yep, sometime in the New Year, 35 Missed Calls is to come out as a single. If you subscribe to this blog you’ll be the first to know when it’s released.

Thank you so much for everyone that’s supported me this year and also to everyone that voted for me on Dandelion Radio!

Have a lovely and an awesome 2012. 🙂

Zoë x

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Distilled Records signs Zoë Bestel – Woo Hoo!

I think it’s only just sinking in, but yes, I’ve been signed by a record company!

The owner of Distilled Records, Steve, was at my CatStrand gig in August and approached me and my Dad afterwards and said, “We need to get Zoë into the studio.”

I didn’t really know that, “We need to get Zoë in the studio” meant he’d like me to sign to his label. But yeah, we’ve agreed to record four tracks for an EP that should be coming out very soon. So, Watch this space!!!

I’ve already been in the studio for a couple of days and I’m back again this Sunday. I can’t wait to hear the finished tracks.

And just so you know, the tracks I’m doing are:

Without You
Into the Night
35 Missed Calls
Little Secret

The last one, Little Secret, is my latest. I haven’t performed it live yet but I think it’s my Dad’s favourite. I don’t really want to give much away about it, but it’s funny and I can’t wait to play it live.

And, if you’re in the area, I’ve got a gig with other Distilled Records artists on the 19th November in Bladnoch. You can find details of that gig here.

Wow – I’m still soo excited! 😀

Zoë x

P.S I am ever so happy to tell you all, that I have reached 300 likes on my facebook fanpage! Isn’t that awesome? But please, if you haven’t already, like it. You can do that by clicking right here! Thanks 🙂

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