INTERVIEW: Rachel Beck

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

Fantastic! I’ve just been busy getting ready for the Canadian Release Tour for my new record, “Stronger Than You Know.”

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

Warrior is a celebration of strength and femininity. I wrote it for my daughter, Nora. It speaks to my hopes for her as she grows into the powerful and beautiful woman I know she will become.

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

One day, my daughter had the song “Inner Ninja” by David Myles and Classified on repeat and she was making up all these ninja dance moves. It just got me thinking about what a little force of light she is and how I hope she carries that spirit and fearlessness forward as she grows up.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was so much fun! I had been hoping to work with director Mille Clarkes, a fellow Prince Edward Islander,  for a long time and we finally had the opportunity. We assembled an incredible crew (mostly female-identifying, too!) and had the best day. Mille, together with my long-time friend and choreographer Savannah Belsher-MacLean, brought my vision for this video to life so perfectly. It combines strength and beauty so wonderfully. And having my daughter, Nora, dance the opening sequence in the video was the best part of the whole experience! She had a blast on set, mostly hanging out at craft services, but she was so proud to be there with us and she did an amazing job dancing. We’ll remember that day for years to come.

The single comes off your new album Stronger Than You Know – what’s the story behind the title?

It comes from a lyric in the title track. The song “Stronger Than You Know” is about the forest — its strength, wisdom, and ability to help us find peace. The chorus is “Oh, she holds me close and whispers to my soul, ‘Breathe in and let it go. You’re stronger than you know.’” It’s about reconnecting with the earth and with ourselves.

How was the recording and writing process?

I was thrilled to team up with producer Daniel Ledwell again to create this record. He is a musical genius, but also the best human. He has been instrumental in helping me find my sound outside of the folk world in which I began my career. We took some creative risks with this record and I embraced a more electronic sound, but I’m so happy with how it turned out.

As for writing, I’m not a prolific writer. I won’t write anything for months, but then I will write a few songs in a few days. For me, it always begins with a melody and the lyrics emerge as inspiration comes. While I was working on this record, I was thinking a lot about the climate crisis and my children’s futures…but also about how to stay connected to the moment and to oneself amid all the chaos of life.

What role does Prince Edward Island play in your music?

I’m not sure how much PEI influences the songs that I write, but it certainly provides me with the most supportive, wonderful arts community in which to build my career. I have so many friends, mentors, and collaborators here who constantly inspire me.

What aspect of strength and resilience did you get to explore on this record?

Many of the songs on this record explore strength in some way, whether it’s inner strength, collective strength, or the strength we find in nature.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I’m doing 21 dates across Canada with my band starting February 14th. The full list of dates is available at rachelbeckmusic.com/shows

What else is happening next in Rachel Beck’s world?

I’ve got more singles and videos on the way leading up to my album release in June, and lots of tour dates coming up! It’s going to be an exciting year!

Listen: https://youtu.be/5UKyWobknxA

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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