Can you talk to us more about your latest singles “Self Sabotage” and “Closer”?
I’m so happy these songs are out in the world! They mean so much to me and speak on emotions I know many of us face. I want people to realize that we are more alike than we are different. I think if we can do that, we can be more understanding towards each other, and a bit more considerate.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write these song?
I wrote both songs this past Fall. There were moments when I could feel myself getting caught up in these habits of sabotaging myself and the relationships I had established. I think I was doing this because in a way it felt most comfortable. What I was writing about was happening in my life in real time – when something’s going on, writing about it eases the feelings and helps me reflect.
Any plans to release a video for any of the singles?
We actually had a full video shoot planned, but unfortunately had to postpone due to COVID-19 concerns. I take health and safety concerns very seriously.
How was the recording and writing process?
The day we wrote Self Sabotage only came about because one of the writers, Prince DCF reached out to me on through Instagram DMs about working together. By the way, DM’s are the way sooo many people meet and start working together in the music industry now! I’ve actually blindly reached out to writers many times myself, and most people are just so down to try things out and get in the studio together to see what can happen, It’s really cool. DCF (co-writer) then introduced me to Nathaniel Motte the other co-writer, and Self-Sabotage was born! Nathaniel actually produced the song as well, he is insanely talented.
Closer was written by Paris Carney, Micah Jasper, and myself. Micah produced the song as well – another incredibly talented songwriter and producer. Both of the songs came together so easily and naturally. Fun fact, the vocals on Self Sabotage are the ones from the day we wrote the song! A lot of times, you go back in the studio and record fresh vocals for a song, but in this case we were in love with what was first laid down, so we kept it! Closer also has a pretty interesting fact, that the whole song came together in only a couple of hours. Paris and I have written a ton together and Micah is such an incredible producer, so it just clicked.
What made you want to release two singles?
My team and I just kept going back and forth on which one to release first, and I think it was actually over a phone call we realized – why not both at the same time? There are few rules if any in the way music is released, and I’m always happy to get more and more out there for my audience.
Are they somewhat connected or were you intending to show two different sides of yourself as an artist?
They’re definitely connected – I mean, they are about the same relationship. But they’re also different sides of myself as an artist sound wise, which makes me love having them out simultaneously even more. Hopefully listeners can get a good sense of the variety of music I have coming when listening to this double release.
Speaking of sides and growing up as an artist, looking back into now almost a decade since your inception into the scene and becoming (for better or for worse) a staple of the last decade – how does that make you feel?
You know, Friday has become one of my favorite things to perform when I do shows – because it is one song EVERYONE knows every lyrics (whether they’d like to admit it or not). There is something to that song that can really bring a little moment of joy and nostalgia for everyone, and there isn’t much more I could hope for from someone attending my show. But yes- it also came with some really difficult things about self worth I had to overcome at such a young and soft age.
Would you say having that sort of stigma attached to you has made things much harder for you?
Totally. I had very little confidence getting back into writing and recording after that experience, and even though I have come along way, it still is something that effects the way I treat myself almost every day. I have learned, there really isn’t an end point, so I just try to keep pushing forward and growing, but doing so with as much grace as I possibly can.
There’s a said thought that goes “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” – how would you say this applies to you?
My experiences have only made me stronger, and sometimes in a roundabout way! Before the strength comes, it’s also easy to feel pain – which as long as you’re kind to yourself, it can only make you grow and continue to lift you up higher.
Does these two new singles mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Definitely more new material! I have never stopped writing and I feel this music has reached a different level for me, which makes me just ecstatic to get it out there in the world.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I keep a list of potential album titles on my phone that is always evolving, but so far, no date. You’ll know as soon as I do 😉
Any plans to hit the road?
Right now I have a tour planned across Australia in May. I have been so so excited about it, but honestly, we are all just taking things day by day, hour by hour with what’s happening in the world right now. We haven’t had to cancel yet, but no matter what we’ll make sure everyone’s health concerns are put before anything, it’s the right thing to do.
What else is happening next in Rebecca Black’s world?
With this extra time at home, I’ve really been able to stay positive by focusing on my YouTube channel and socials and being able to stay connected with my audience. I am nothing without my fans and being able to spend so much time connecting with them makes every single day better. They’re my life! Being back at home with my family is also forcing to allow time for more creativity to which I could really use – and I’m back in the place where it all started for me! I’m always keeping everyone up to date with my life on Twitter/IG: @msrebeccablack. Stay tuned!