17 year old Lauren Rebecca kindly agreed to give Song Revelation an interview. She’s just starting to carve out a musical career, but she sounds great! You really need to check out some of her songs and see what she has to say about her creative process for writing songs, who she looks up to and what 2011 has in store for her. Read on:
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
A soulful performer who sings from the heart.
Q: What is your musical background?
Throughout the seventeen years of my life, I have enjoyed irritating my parents with my constant singing, whistling, humming and drumming at the dinner table. I have always had a deeply rooted interest for music.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
2010 has been a crazy year. I’ve been recording my acoustic songs as well as co-writing music for electro songs. I had my music played on Bristol radio throughout the summer and played at the Brighton Dome in the winter.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Watching performances of anyone always inspires me. I love seeing how singers perform. Hearing a song being performed live inspires me to write more music.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
I look up to artists like Adele, KT Tunstall, Ellie Goulding and David’s Lyre.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
I would love to write a song with Bombay Bicycle Club, I listen to them allllllll the time.
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
Bombay Bicycle Club, Two Door Cinema Club, Paramore, Ellie Goulding, The Killers.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
I write a chord pattern on guitar, and mess around with it, adapting it until I’m really happy with it and think it sounds nice. I then sing out a melody until I find one that has a nice catch. I usually write the chorus lyrics first and then write the verses.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
I live near the small town of Horsham and over the past year, I’ve been making making a name in the area at open mics and gigging in pubs. I live near Brighton as well which has a massive music scene and I love going to see bands play in the venues around the city.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I’m currently recording my new songs for commercial use. I’ve also been working with an electronica artist, The Mechanic Depressive, writing lyrics and melodies, singing and performing our music.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Playing at the Brighton Dome was incredible. I had to work so hard to prepare myself for the performance and I felt really accomplished as a musician after coming off stage. I’d never played to such a large crowd and it showed me what I can do when I put my mind to it.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
2011 is the last year of my exams and then I am taking a gap year and I can’t wait to focus on my music. In the summer of 2011, I want to perform at as many venues and festivals as possible and I’m really excited about what the year has to bring.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
Not yet but I hopefully I’ll have some more soon!
Q: What do you do to relax?
I’ve started reading quite a lot. At the moment I’m reading the 969 page biography of Hitler which is fascinating, although maybe a little bit weird.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
I’ve just had a website made which is really exciting, and a new facebook artist page. I’m currently working on my album which will be on the website soon.
Editor’s Note: Lauren Rebecca’s voice is soulful and her style is simple, not over produced but still has incredible depth. I really want to both listen to her live and interview her again in 12 months!
If you want to find out more about Lauren Rebecca, follow these links:
myspace link: www.myspace.com/laurenrebeccaMUSIC
web page link: www.laurenrebeccaMUSIC.co.uk
bandcamp link: http://laurenrebecca.bandcamp.com/