Combining enigmatic visual artistry, thought-provoking lyric writing, and genuine wonder, Rebekah Fitch is a new artist that will spark intrigue. The power of music is in its ability to carry a message, and this is exactly what Rebekah does. With a love for memorable melodies alongside a thirst for artistic and sonic experimentation, Rebekah is an artist always striving for something new, and not afraid to push the boundaries.
Hi, first things first – how are you? How has 2019 been treating you so far?
Hello! I’m well thank you. It’s been busy for sure, straight into releasing newmusic, but encouraging too as I was included on some very cool Ones To Watch lists.
You’ve just released your new single ‘Poison’ – how has the reception been?
People have been very kind! I always love hearing what people think. As an artist, you’re creating something that’s a personal expression, but also something you want people to react to and process. When people engage with what I do it’s super rewarding. It’s still early days too, so I’m hoping it will all continue to build and reach more people.
Can you tell us a little more about the single – what was your inspiration behind the track?
This song is one I wrote from an observational perspective. Of myself and of others around me. I wanted to call attention to the things that we allow to influence us, which is often things that we’re told to focus on by the media, and what we are told we should value about ourselves. We get hung up on superficial aspects, things that distract us from actually using our brains, and a lot of the time this is just a ploy to get us to buy into what people are selling. The song is a challenge to take back empowerment and control of what we value and what influences us. We are so much more that what the media tells us we are.
Do you find it easier to write the lyrics first or create the melody? Or does it depend on a track by track basis?
I’m normally one to write the music first, but that could be chords, melody or building the track first. I like to mix it up so I don’t end up writing things that sound samey. Lyrics can come quickly if you start with a theme or idea in mind, but sometimes I can write a whole song (minus the lyrics) and still have no idea what I want it to be about. In those scenarios you almost have to wait until something you’re passionate about comes up that matches the music – the music dictates what you write about. I like to spend a lot of time on lyrics, build in different layers of meaning and references, making sure every lines means something.
You released your debut EP ‘Broken Mind’ back in 2018 – how would you say this new music is similar or different to the EP?
It’s similar but definitely a progression. I have a clear idea of what I want to sound like, but I always want to experiment and develop that. I think this new material is punchier and darker – a lot of it is more indulgent too, especially the tracks that I haven’t yet released.
Will there be a music video for the new single? (we hope so!)
I put a lyric video out for this one, as the verses are quite lyric-heavy and I wanted to make sure people understood the message. It’s a bit different from my other videos but I love trying new things! It’s always amazing getting to create the visual side of your own music – I write with real attentiveness to how I see the music being, so making visuals that represent the sonic side to the art is so special.
You also went on your first tour of the UK and Ireland in 2018, can we expect more live shows in 2019?
Yes definitely! I’m working on finalising some right now! My next show is headlining the MAC theatre in Belfast which holds over 300 people. UK dates will be announced soon
Who would you say your biggest musical influences are?
I love artists that aren’t afraid to push creative boundaries and experiment with different concepts. People like Björk, David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Florence and the Machine. They’re all incredible performers too. I like a lot of music that challenges me – electronic stuff, like KLF, Portishead, Jon Hopkins – things that require active listening because there’s so much attention and thought poured in. You need to listen carefully to hear everything the artist is trying to convey.
Finally, what else can we expect to hear/see for the rest of 2019?
There are more releases to come in the next few months, so you’ll be hearing more new music very soon! Always gigging as much as possible too, I have some interesting ideas for new live shows so keen to bring them to life. I’m writing constantly too, so will be back in the studio any time I can no doubt!
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