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INTERVIEW: Rebecca Saxton
Hi Rebecca, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi! Thank you for speaking with me. I have been busy promoting my new single MY TIME (available to download on Spotify, Amazon and Youtube). I’m also securing some gigs down on the South Coast. Most excitingly I’ve been asked to feature in the Chichester Festivities next year.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “My Time”?
MY TIME is my first single that I have released. Although I have featured on tracks for other artists and DJ’s, this song is all about me and my sound. It’s a positive, motivational song that I hope people will connect with and feel uplifted by. It’s about reaching the end of the line, seeing that wall in front of you and then finding the strength to get over it.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I have overcome many obstacles in my life, from heartbreak and horrendous relationships to self-harm and feelings of poor self-worth. MY TIME is about making the decision whether to crash and burn or get up and really live every day like its a gift. There is no other alternative for me. I refuse to drag myself through every day just existing and not living. “Get on! Get up! Get On!” are lyrics underlying the main melody pretty much throughout the song. I was sectioned when I was 20 for having Anorexia Nervosa and I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I was 28. These things only scratch the surface of what I’ve been through, but as long as you have hope, you can live another day and things do get better. The song finishes with the lyrics “Now life is moving on and I, can’t stop look back or wonder why, My Time is coming around.”
Any plans to release a video for the single?
I haven’t decided yet. It’s very hard to balance the workload (anyone know of a Personal Assistant?!) At the moment I am focusing on writing more material and performing live.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was exciting because Tom E Run is a quality producer and I don’t know how he does it, but he hears opportunities in the song and takes it to a new level. The writing process was pure indulgence for me. I love letting all the emotions bubble up inside of me and then releasing it all into lyrics and music.
What role does London play in your writing?
London has played an important part in my life for over a decade. It has given me the opportunities to perform in some of the best places, including the House of Lords, Juju’s and DSTRKT nightclub in Piccadilly. I’ve worked in radio in Hammersmith and managed to reach a wider audience. However, London has an anonymity that the South Coast doesn’t have. In London nobody seems to recognise anyone else on the streets and I lose myself a bit. I find it difficult to connect with my creative self. The South Coast is quieter and slower and I can actually hear my own thoughts!
How Ray Charles and Paloma Faith has influence your music?
Ray Charles and Paloma Faith do what I call “singing straight”. They’re not affected or trying to imitate another person (although Ray Charles did start out singing the music of his predecessors). They have a realness to their voices and a very subtle arrogance towards conformity. They aren’t trying to be purposely subversive or different for the sake of it, they are just being true to their own writing style and sound. The temptation is always there to slip into the character of someone you idolise because you’re following a model that has already worked – it’s safe. I try to stay rooted in my feelings and my own vocal sound. Plus, Ray Charles piano playing is awesome. It reminds me of the early ragtime music which I love so much.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
I have a second single called ONLY ONE FOR ME. I’m hoping it will be released this Autumn. This is about the excitement I felt when I met my husband. It’s playful and has a much smoother sound to it. I am also writing a lot of other songs. Some have a traditional gospel sound to them and some are upbeat and more jazzy.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The newest material will be ready for spring next year – I hope! But obviously I still have ONLY ONE FOR ME to come out this year.
Any plans to hit the road?
Definitely. Perfoming live is the best thing. You can follow me on social media to get the latest gig information. I’m hoping to have a list of dates confirmed in the next couple of weeks.
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What else is happening next in Rebecca Saxton’s world?
I’m speaking with local newspapers and increasing my appearance on local radio. I have an interview on the 24th October with Radio Respect which is the only radio dedicated solely to mental health. It’s important to promote my material, but it’s also important for me to reach people on a personal level too. I hope both my music and I will give hope to those who listen.
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