Hi Becca, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you so much! I’ve been doing pretty well. Excited to be creating and releasing music. I think being in quarantine has given me space to explore creatively and focus on sharing what I’ve been working on.
Can you talk to us more about your new single “Past Life”?
Sure! I wrote “Past Life” a few years ago actually so it’s been a long time coming. I wrote it about deep love and longing so there is a nostalgic feeling in the song. There is also an existential wonder about connection with others and self.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I think the song was inspired by my own personal feelings and curiosities rather than a particular event. I write mostly from a stream of consciousness type of approach.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
I would love to release a video with this track but I am still exploring options for how that would look for this song. If anything, it will probably be a simple visual video.
How was the recording and writing process?
The song didn’t take me very long to write. I remember writing it alone in my room one late night just pondering my own inner world. Like I said, that was a few years ago now! The recording process was so fun. I worked on this track with my dear friend, Eric Leva. I remember we rode electric Bird scooters to dinner one night from his apartment, and by the time we were leaving the restaurant there was only one scooter left, so we both rode back on the same one, which was hilarious. Then we got back and recorded “Past Life” in his apartment!
Who influences your songwriting, and how?
I would say my main influences include Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morissette, and Ani Difranco. I am mostly drawn to a lot of folk artists and pop singer songwriters. I also grew up listening to a lot of musical theater and Disney music as well as worship music from growing up in church.
What role does Los Angeles play in your music?
The reason I moved to Los Angeles was because I knew I would have community here. My musical community has played a huge role in my music and it’s been especially exciting to see some of my peers succeed in big ways.
How did your perspective and experiences change as you moved away from small town Philadelphia to LA?
I actually moved to Boston for college for 4 years before I moved to LA. I loved living in Boston and so moving from there to Los Angeles was a huge culture shock. I moved here without a car or a job and had to figure out how to survive and thrive here which was extremely challenging for the first few years. I think moving to LA changed my perspective of the world and connection with others. You never know who you will run into here!
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
That’s the plan! I am currently planning my next EP, and I’ve even begun writing songs for the following project. With all that is going on in the world, creativity and music have been my saving grace these days.
What else is happening next in Becca Roth’ world?
I’ve been working on recording the last couple tracks for my EP, and the plan is to just keep recording all the songs I’ve been writing and putting them out into the universe! I’m excited to share who I am with people and I hope the messages in my songs will inspire connectivity.