With multiple television appearances and performances with world-renowned musicians, UK musician Becky Bowe has just released her new single ‘Don’t Darken My Door’ via Two Bridge Recordings. She is the winner of BBC’s Pitch Battle 2017 and has performed with famous acts such as Will Young and Kelis. Her previous single ‘That’s How Love Works’ reached number 9 on the UK iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart. This songstress is making waves all before her upcoming EP release. We find out more about this rising star in this interview.
What are some of your earliest memories of music?
My earliest memories of music came from my Nana’s piano. She used to play all sorts of nursery rhymes, the most memorable song was ‘Puff the magic dragon’ that was always playing somewhere in her house. Other than that, my parents had a varied music taste so I was always surrounded by different genres of music.
How do you fill your downtime? Do you still play the keyboard?
I play piano/keyboard at least everyday for a couple of hours because of my work, but don’t necessarily use it for downtime. For downtime, I really enjoy colouring, watching movies, listening to new music anything that keeps my mind relaxed.
Take us through your songwriting process. Are there any particular steps you take when putting music together?
My songwriting process can vary. Sometimes I will be feeling like I just want to play some chords on piano and then I’ll just start humming some melodies, but sometimes it’s the other way round. If I’ve had a really rubbish day lyrics will most likely come first. Then I try to figure out some sort of melody. My best songs have always come from the most relaxed situation, so when I’m doing jobs, when I’m sitting watching TV…everyday activities as my brain is then most relaxed.
Studio work and music creation or performing and interacting with a live audience, which do you prefer?
OOOOOO this is a tough one. The studio and creation is always so much fun but can be quite tedious especially with the amount of repetition involved so it takes a lot of patience to really get the correct sound and vibe you want but it’s so much fun experimenting with the different ideas, sounds, instruments, but I think I’d go with performing and interacting. I’ve always been a chatterbox, so on stage if people are interacting with me while I’m singing and performing it’s the best feeling, as it’s just like having a good chin wag with my friends.
What is the most memorable response you have had to your music?
The most memorable response was when I released my first proper single in 2018. I can remember the amount of love that people showed the song and how well it was received where I lived, that’s what really kept me going. There are so many memorable moments probably many I’ve forgotten but the important thing to me is the love that’s shown towards my music.
If you could put together a radio show, what kind of music would you play?
GREAT QUESTION!!!! The music I’d play would be very varied but within the same vibe that I like. It would be a mixture of RnB, Pop, Soul, Blues, Jazz, Rap the works. I have so many favourite artists and songs within this sort of realm.
Name five artists and their albums who would appear on your radio show
Emily King – Sides (Acoustic Album)
PJ Morton – Gumbo
Daniel Ceaser – Freudian
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
What would you like to achieve with your music? What does success look like to you?
I would love my music to just be enjoyed and loved as much as possible. Success to me is people listening to my music to escape or feel better…just to be able for them to feel any sort of emotion. Music is a gift and to be able to write and sing my own music, and put it out in the world is leaps and bounds better than I ever thought I would have been able to do. Either way, I feel I’ve achieved what I want in my music, I just hope people listen to it and love it!
Does your single ‘Don’t Darken My Door’ set the tone of your upcoming EP release?
Don’t darken my door I feel captures my new vibe I wanted to create. My EP represents growth and I feel this song really shows the growth within my music. My other songs play with some of my older styles mixed with this new vibe so I feel this new single really helps set the correct tone.
One last thought to leave your fans with?
Keep listening to new music and supporting new artists. Any support is good support! P.s I hope you like my new single and enjoy my new music coming out!! Eeeee
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