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Interview: Rebekah Fitch

Irish alt-pop songwriter Rebekah Fitch performs with a sense of purpose and ardour. With the recent release of her new single ‘Dust’ – an ode to letting go and moving on with life after a sudden loss, we caught up with the multi-talented artist below, to discuss her latest single, creativity and party tricks.

Hi Rebekah, thanks for chatting with us here at GigSoup! How’s it going?

Hey guys! Doing really well thank you, thanks for taking the time to talk!

You’ve recently released your new single ‘Dust’ which is an ode to moving on after a loss. How do you work best when producing tracks? Give us all of your tips!

I try to vary my songwriting process a lot; so I don’t fall into the trap of writing things that are overly similar. It’s also more stimulating creatively; challenging yourself to come up with ideas in new ways.

With this particular song, the melody came very quickly over a chord progression I was playing on the piano. I actually ended up re-writing some of the lyrics about five months after I first ‘finished’ the song, as I didn’t feel like it adequately conveyed everything I wanted to say. It’s often a good idea to re-evaluate your work and not just settle for the first draft. I’m quite a slow songwriter, and a slow processor – I need time to mull things over and decide how I feel about them.

Once I have the song, I normally produce a detailed demo myself, as I usually have a strong idea of what kind of world I want the song to live in sonically. Then I’ll take it into the studio, tweak bits, re-record and elevate the song with a producer.

Interesting! Did you face any challenges during the recording process of ‘Dust’?

This is probably the first song I recorded where the challenge in the vocal recording wasn’t producing big, powerful notes; but in harnessing fragility and emotion – recreating the brokenness of how I sang it when I first wrote it.

When did you start writing music and singing?

There could be multiple answers to this question! I mean, I was writing songs for a band I was in when I was ten years old- does that count? We never did any gigs, but we did have band practice after school, and even featured in our school magazine.

I loved being apart of the choirs in school. I started performing solo in school concerts when I was around 16, and slowly, slowly, started to do it more. I would say that I properly started focusing on songwriting when I was about 19/20. That was when I was consciously trying to improve as a songwriter.

Who are your musical icons?

When I think of my top musical icons, there’s a common thread. People like Bjork, Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Ray, Lady Gaga, and FKA Twigs – Female artists whose music has a multitude of layers to it, and who have carefully crafted a whole world around their artistry. It is so multi-dimensional and multi-faceted, it continually draws you in and is exhausted – there is always more to uncover. Others I love included Radiohead, Son Lux, Kanye West, Childish Gambino – artists who are exciting and push creative boundaries.

If you could collaborate with any artist (living or dead) who would it be and why?

Big question. Alive, it would probably be James Blake. His inventiveness means he’s continually setting the trends of what the future of music will sound like.

Overall, I think I would collaborate with the composer, Ennio Morricone. He sadly passed away earlier this year, but he’s been my favourite composer since I was about 14. Working with him would undoubtedly create something timeless and transcendent. His music has the sense that it’s always been there, it’s always existed like its part of the fabric of our world.

Do you have any cool party tricks that we should know about?

I can touch my nose with my tongue… and I’ve been known to do the splits!

What’s next on the agenda for Rebekah Fitch?

More adventurous and more ambitious projects – I’m always challenging myself and seeking to improve my artistry and songwriting. I love pushing boundaries and getting experimental with my creativity, amalgamating different art forms to elevate the impact of what I want to say. I have a few more releases lined up, which I can’t wait to share!!

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