- Becky Rose chats to Rob Barber about her theatrical influences, performing alongside animals and the best advice for aspiring musicians.
Becky Rose is in the midst of carving out a name for herself in the music industry. In the past four years she has taken to the road and performed at several hundred gigs across the UK. Her commitment to her craft has not gone unnoticed and in 2011 she was selected by the BBC to participate in their Musician’s Masterclass.
Becky describes her performances as very theatrical. She gains inspiration from film scores and fuses this with her own take on electronic pop. Although she is currently unsigned, I am certain it will not be long until she’s heard on the radio nationwide. For now, you can listen to her here.
Rob Barber: How would you describe your music? What has been your biggest influence?
Becky Rose: My voice has been described as powerful and my live songs are considered dramatic and theatrical. I’m influenced by whatever excites me at the time. Ever since I was little, I would always notice the music first when watching something on TV. Throughout my life, I’ve always had a score of my own going through my mind, and I think the reason my music style changes so much is because in a sense I’m writing the soundtrack to my life.
RB: What’s the strangest thing that’s happened at one of your gigs?
BR: I’ve had a lot of interesting experiences at gigs but when it comes to the strangest thing to happen I would say that being joined on stage by dogs is up there! I’ve had two gigs now where a dog has wandered onto stage, weaved between my legs and then casually left!
RB: Do you have any pre-show rituals?
BR: I tend to visualise myself performing in a stadium, a high-budget music video or a major festival to feel confident before a gig. It’s a chance for me to be on my own, get in the zone and envision success in the hope that it’ll show in that performance.
RB: What did you learn about yourself from your BBC experience?
BR: The BBC has been a huge launchpad for my music. Being chosen for their Musician’s Masterclass was such a compliment, it meant that I knew that they had faith in my music. The point of the Masterclass was to learn new skills, so it also helped me understand how I can improve my songwriting and producing. I’ve learned that you should always strive to improve and grow, as opposed to settling for the style that is most comfortable and familiar.
RB: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
BR: That the best artists are the ones that are true to themselves. ”Be yourself” can be regarded by some artists as a throwaway comment – and admittedly I have felt that before. This advice was emphasised at the Masterclass by the likes of Gary Barlow, Calvin Harris, Kissy Sell Out, and Labrinth. It really struck a chord with me that so many successful artists have done this.