–Hi Victoriah, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you I’ve been good! Just busy getting everything finished for my next single.
-Can you talk to us more about your video “Hands Up”?
Yes! Hands up is my first single and video from my EP that’s coming out very soon. Hands up was also the first song I did after recovering from a deadly facial infection which caused me to have emergency surgery and being sick for 3-4 months. So it’s kind of the piece of music that brought me back to my life and gave me encouragement to continue.
-Did any event inspire you to write this song?
It was actually a track that was sent to me 4 years ago – and it has been stuck in my head since. So my first time in the studio after getting back on my feet it was with the producer behind Hands Up – he convinced me to jump in the booth and just give it a try. It was very intimidating especially since I had no control over my facial muscles and just had my whole mouth cut open under surgery. But I also think that’s why the song came out so great. Because I went into the booth with no expectations which allowed me to grow and take myself vocally to places I usually fear – because I had absolutely no expectations whatsoever.
-How was the writing and video shooting process?
I came up with the concept of the video, styled it and edit and help color correct and direct it. I was very particular that I wanted it to be more than just a “sexy” video. I wanted it to show my capability of dancing and also show my personality, which I think the Iphone footage that the dancer and I shot ourselves and just kind of free-styled to does. Our chemistry is great, fun and it’s crazy to think we literally just met at rehearsals a couple of days prior.
–What role does LA play in your writing?
I started and created my entire adult life in L.A. I moved here right after high school alone without knowing anybody. So naturally my experiences and struggles, relationship and friendships in L.A. influence my writing.
-How does your dance background influence your music and the other way around?
Every time I do a song I have to feel it – feel it in a way that makes me want to move or where I can imagine me or my dancers performing it.
-Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
No, I think the reason why I’m attracted to collaborating with someone else is because they bring something to the table that I don’t. So working with them that “something else” is what I want and that all start and comes from their approach. Seeing someone create art is a beautiful but also such an individual thing. So I would hope when I’m collaborating with someone they are attracted to what makes me unique. And together we can create something special with both our different approaches and style.
-How’s your new EP coming along?
Great! I’m so super excited to release it. It is so very much different from anything I’ve released and different from the way most people see me. It’s a lot darker and sad which contradicts my very outspoken, positive and excited personality.
-Any tentative release date or title in mind?
-Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! I’m currently working on performing in the U.S. and I would love to connect with the younger high school crowd. To be an inspiration to follow your dreams, to be different and overcoming obstacles.
-What else is happening next in Victoriah Bech´s world?
Well to keep up with my world you should definitely follow me on Instagram @Victoriahbech. Besides that I’m in the middle of finishing my music video and a dance video for my next single! And as always I spend most of my free time working with and hanging out with the kids and women at the biggest American shelter in skid row in downtown L.A.