Becky CJ: 'I want to continue connecting with people through my music'
Having taken TikTok by storm with her hilarious series of Tinder Nightmares videos, South London’s Becky CJ is now turning her hand to creating her own unique brand of delightful alt-pop music.
Becky recently released ‘Losing Your Perspective’, a track which layers dark pop melodies, shimmering bass whirs and electronic sounds to create a whirlwind sensation that is held together by Becky’s magnetic vocals.
‘Losing Your Perspective’ is the lead single from Becky’s upcoming EP ‘Woman’ which explores her sexuality and falling in love with her best friend.
We chatted with Becky about her brand new single, her songwriting process and her musical ambitions...
Which musicians first made you fall in love with music?
As a kid my parents would play Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, ABBA and David Bowie a lot and you basically can’t not fall in love with music listening to them so I think classic artists like those lead the way for my love of music.
What sets your music apart? What is unique or at least uncommon?
I think that I try to stay true to my influences and the music I love and so that sets me apart. I love musical theatre so I definitely have a lot of drama in my music but I also love pop and I think the influence there is undeniable.
Can you tell us about the story behind your latest song ‘Losing Your Perspective’?
'Losing Your Perspective' was written whilst in the midst of a very confusing friendship that seemed to be blossoming into something more. My friend - who is now my girlfriend - had never had a relationship with a girl before and I had this feeling that she was losing grip on who she was every time we hooked up.
I wanted to write something about the confusion of falling in love with someone who doesn’t fit the mould of what you’d expected for yourself and I think the song encapsulates that well.
Where do you usually gather song-writing inspiration? What is your usual song-writing process?
I have a few different processes and they’re quite mood specific, which probably isn’t very productive. If I feel a bit low/reflective or if I need to process something that’s happened to me personally, I’ll sit at the piano and it will be a very emotion-driven writing session.
When I just want to write and be productive, I’ll start with a bass line or a drumbeat and I’ll produce something at my laptop with a mic and be a bit more methodical about it all. I would probably think more about song structure and a lyrical theme ensuring I’m adhering to the songwriting ‘do’s.’
Can you remember what the first ever song was that you wrote?
I don’t know if I remember specifically the first, but I started writing properly in my first year at uni. One memorable song was called ‘Age, Name, Status’ which was a sassy number about going out, getting drunk and meeting people. A lyric I remember clearly is ‘break my heart you can try, but you’ll never see me cry over a guy’ yet 20 year old me had little idea that I was gay and very unlikely to cry over a man again.
What is a typical day like in your life?
A typical day for me has been very different this year! I generally try and stay as productive as possible since a lot of my usual work is not possible due to the Pandemic. Currently this includes trying to write regularly, come up with content for my socials and work.
Work includes writing songs for library as well as some operational management work I do for a music agency. I am lucky to have just moved in with my partner and she has a great work schedule so my approach to the self employed life has become much more structured with that inspiration.
What are your ambitions as a songwriter and musician from here?
I think my ambition will always be to just keep going, to be honest with my work and ultimately keep writing enjoyable music. Of course I want as many people who could like what I write to hear it, so I have ambitions to keep growing my audiences and commit to being heard but I’m not driven by a need for my music to be everywhere.
I am lucky to be able to write music for lots of different things. I wrote the music for a new musical last year and I also love doing the Tinder Ballad videos I’m doing at the moment which are just kind of a laugh.
Basically, I want to continue connecting with people through my music and utilising all the different avenues I’ve established to be able to do that.
Can you tell us about the best live show that you have ever played?
That’s a difficult one but I think I’m actually going to say it was at a wedding last year. It was a super intimate event, in amazing surroundings and it was just beautiful. It’s so nice when you’re booked for something private and the client just let’s you do you and you’re there because they already know and like your music.
There’s something super nice about singing as people come down the aisle, although I am so emotional that it’s dangerous – I’m always holding back tears. Not the most rock and roll answer but that one has stuck with me!
If you were a song, what would you be and why?
I’d say ‘Delirious’ by Susanne Sunfdfør. The song is just epic and powerful but also emotional and I hope I am all those things?!
What can we expect from you within the next six months? Any releases planned? Future gigs?
I have another single coming on the 25th of March, which I’m really looking forward to sharing. Then I have a full EP coming in April so lots to look forward to! I haven’t planned a gig yet as I’m still feeling tentative about dates in regards to the pandemic, but I hope to play some gigs in 2021!