What does it take to be a success?
Zoe Bestel describes herself as “a 14 yr old Singer/Songwriter armed with a pen, paper and a trusty ukulele.” She is much more then that let me tell you So how did a girls from the remote Dumfries & Galloway which is South West Scotland get her own record deal at 14?
How did you start doing what you do?
I’ve been singing since before I could talk. I started playing instruments when I moved up to Scotland aged 8. I play: piano, flute, oboe, recorder and a little bit of guitar – but it all started for me really when I picked up the ukulele last January. I heard a song I liked with a ukulele riff in and I thought I’d love to learn that and it just went from there. I started learning everything I could and then I began to write my own stuff. In the June I got my first gig.
Who supported you along the way?
My parents and my really close friends and all the local people who stop me in the street and tell me how proud they are of me.
What were the high points?
Getting my record deal. Going in the studio. Meeting all these fantastic musicians. Making my video and getting asked to play at The Wickerman Festival.
What were the low points?
Sometimes it can feel a bit lonely. It would probably be a bit more fun if I were in a band. I want to share the exciting journey with my friends and don’t want them to feel left out when something exciting happens.