MIAMI VALLEY — Well-known in Dayton and vicinity, Paige Beller is a jack of all trades both in front of the crowd and behind the scenes.
A tiny dynamo who sings, writes, drums, plays guitar and bass, organizes and promotes events, and “climbs on things I’m not supposed to climb on,” Beller is a seemingly omnipresent whirlwind of action on the local music scene.
In addition to her solo work, the twentysomething artist has been spotted around the area with such bands as Jasper the Colossal, Paige and the Bel Airs, Duderus, Mayliner and Sidekick Complex.
She’s also a major force behind Ladyfest Dayton, an annual event which focuses on celebrating the creative talents of women.
During a rare moment of sitting still, Beller spent a few minutes answering some questions about her work, including an upcoming performance at the Miami Valley Music Fest, which takes place in Troy on Friday and Saturday.
Q. How did you get involved with the Miami Valley Music Fest?
A. I met (festival organizer) Brad Denson a few years back and he invited me to play the acoustic stage. I was also involved in the “Last Waltz: Such a Night,” which was part of the festival for two years.
Q. What were your previous Music Fest experiences like?
A. This will be my fourth year at the Miami Valley Music Fest. I have a great time every time I go. The first year, I had only planned on staying the first night, but everyone was so welcoming and friendly that I ended up staying until the zombies woke on Sunday morning.
Q. What can people expect from your performance at this year’s festival?
A. I will be playing with my band, the Bel Airs, and I will also be singing two songs in “Forever Young: A Tribute to Bob Dylan.”
Q. How does playing with a band differ from your solo sets?
A. Everything is much louder. The songs are mostly the same, but I love having the guys there to play off of their energy.
Q. What is it like for an independent artist trying to make a name in the music business?
Q. Tell me a bit about the importance of people coming out to support local music, and how thriving the local music scene is?
A. Dayton has always had a group of loyal show patrons. Out-of-town bands really sleep on it sometimes. They don’t think to play here, but when they finally do, they see that while the crowd might be small, it is very supportive. Not to mention the stupid amounts of talent in and around the area!
Q. What other projects are you working on?
A. I am currently recording the first of three EPs that I will be putting out under my own name. The Bel Airs record is down to the final parts. The Jasper the Colossal album, “Take Your Time,” is out at www.jasperthecolossal.com. Duderus is beginning to record a split album with our friends The Involuntaries from Indiana. I am knee-deep in Ladyfest planning!
Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341