Created by director and filmmaker Crystal Moselle (Skate Kitchen, Wolf Pack) HBO’s new series Betty follows a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through the predominantly male-oriented world of skateboarding, set against the backdrop of New York City. The 6-episode Skate Kitchen spin-off series stars real life members of the Skate Kitchen skateboarding collective: Dede Lovelace, Moonbear, Nina Moran, Ajani Russell, and Rachelle Vinberg.
The show’s raw, slice of life style is soundtracked by a dreamy soundscape composed by Aska Matsumiya, who drew upon elements of shoegaze and trap to create the score. Of the project, Aska says “Writing the music for Betty allowed me to be in touch with a side of myself that remains youthful and raw and spontaneous. It was really so much fun and I tried to let that momentum carry the music.” The album also includes an eclectic selection of tracks featured in the show by artists such as Cigarettes After Sex, Ruby Haunt, Otha, Bebel Matsuymiya (Aska’s daughter), and Rosehardt (aka Caleb Eberhardt who plays Janay’s friend Donald in the show)
Betty premiered on HBO May 1 and airs every Friday at 11:00 PM ET/PT.