Beth Hart believes she is basking in a golden period of success. On War In My Mind, her first new album album in three years, the 47-year-old singer songwriter paired up with super producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) for what might be her finest work to date.
To celebrate the new record, Hart sat down to talk Lana Del Rey, getting married, and following serial killers on Twitter in the latest Indie Mixtape 20 Q&A.
It’s 2050 and the world hasn’t ended and people are still listening to your music. How would you like it to be remembered?
For me the whole reason why I do music is it helps me to get through stuff. It would be nice if the music was needed by anyone to make them feel better, like it has made me be able to get through stuff, that’s all.
What’s your favorite city in the world to perform?
Oh god that’s a hard one because there are so many man! I really love Saint Petersburg, Russia. That’s killer there. Paris is great and of course New York.
Who’s the person who has most inspired your work, and why?
It’s impossible; there are so many people. Strangers, family, friends, my husband, the people I’ve worked with in the business. My pains, struggles, bi-polar, alcoholism, god, the devil. Everything! Everything affects it. If I really had to choose one person, it would probably be my Dad. Because that was the greatest pain in my life, losing him when I was little. Not to death or anything, he went to the can for a while and then when he got out, he had this whack-job wife who wouldn’t let him have anything to do with me.