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INTERVIEW: Elisabeth Beckwitt

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Hi Elisabeth, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey! I’ve been great! Very busy, but that’s always fun. Thanks so much for having me!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “One More”?

“One More” is the fourth track from my debut full-length album released December 2016, “Then We Do.” The song is about my struggles with addiction and the constant battle of recovery. Addiction can be an uncomfortable subject for some people, and I believe that music is for talking about the uncomfortable and sharing stories to connect with each other. The most important thing you can do in life is love yourself and others, and I can only hope that this song will help accomplish that. I never would have gotten to where I am today, five years clean, without the love and support from my friends and family.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Often on the road to recovery there are moments where you feel like you have failed, like you haven’t truly accomplished anything because that desire and hunger are still there. This song was born in one of those moments. Writing this song was a form of therapy; of unravelling the knots in my stomach and turning them into music instead of pain. Writing this song helped me come to the realization that the victory is in CHOOSING, every day, every minute, to stay clean. We are so much stronger than we believe.

Can you tell us more about the upcoming video?

We knew we wanted to keep the video simple, and showcase the emotion of the song through a dancer’s body. Therese Ronco was the life of this project; she choreographed an incredibly raw and vulnerable contemporary dance piece that paired beautifully with the ballad. Randy Alan Shaffer, of Vibe Entertainment, recorded the video in a one-shot format to keep you entranced in the movement. I am extremely proud of how this project came together!

How was the recording and writing process?

I recorded the entire “Then We Do” album in West Nashville at Big Punch Music. For “One More” we wanted to keep the audience as connected as possible, so we decided to record piano and vocals simultaneously. This allowed me to really perform the song, and the emotion came across much stronger. The writing process happened similarly; once I sat down and decided to write this song, the emotions and melodies poured out of me.

What role does Nashville plays in your music?

I love living in Nashville because I am constantly surrounded by people who inspire me. I went to Berklee College of Music in Boston MA and moved down here in January 2015. My favorite part of living in Nashville has been forming friendships with fellow graduates of Berklee who I hadn’t gotten to know while we were in school together. I have become a much stronger songwriter since moving to Nashville; from listening to songs by my peers and playing in various Writer’s Rounds around town. I am constantly growing and changing as an artist thanks to this city.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

“One More” isn’t necessarily a new single because the album came out in December, but I do have a little something in the works. I’m currently writing for short EP that I want to record after my touring schedule slows down a little. I’m hoping to take things in a slightly different direction stylistically and I’m really excited!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

It’s still in the very early stages, but you can expect to hear some new music this Fall. I won’t know the title until all the songs are chosen but I think we’ve More or Less come to an early decision…;-)

What other aspects of addictions would you be exploring on this record?

I will be delving into the aftermath of addiction; some of the things it leaves behind. The depression, the loneliness, lack of self-worth, among other topics.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I am currently on an acoustic tour in support of the new video for “One More.” We are performing in cities surrounding Nashville from now until June; including Chicago, Indianapolis, Atlanta and Asheville among others. Full dates and details are available on my website!

What else is happening next in Elisabeth Beckwitt’s world?

Like I mentioned before I’m working out some new music, so I should be getting back into the studio in a couple of months. I’m also in the process of putting together a band to bring with me on tour which is super exciting! You can sign up for my email list if you want to stay updated, you can find it on my website!

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