Not many artists are as adept at producing chart-topping pop tunes as they are at underground dance bangers, but not many artists are like Becky Hill.
Since first grabbing the nation’s attention on The Voice back in 2012, the 26 year-old from the West Midlands has established herself as one of the brightest talents in the UK music scene. Already clocking up over 1.5 billion streams in total, she has released a string of hit singles under her own name, collaborated with producers such as Tiesto, Sigala and Jonas Blue and lent her songwriting talents to the likes of Oliver Heldens, Jax Jones and MistaJam.
It’s been a long time coming, but her upcoming debut album, Becky, is due for release in March 2021. She has just put out a single, Space, which blends her love of dance music with the more pop-orientated sound she hopes to explore in future.
Becky said: “I will never leave dance music behind and there are definitely those kinds of tracks in the mix, but it’s more of an artist album, one that’s full of songs that show off the different sides to me as well. I’m really excited about it.
“I’m just excited to get more people on board who have listened to the album and to convince them that every song I’ve put out is a really good one. There’s no filler on there, the whole thing is exactly the album I wanted to make. Hopefully they trust me enough to write an album’s worth of good songs.
Becky also has a reputation as a formidable live performer, but the current COVID-19 crisis has meant that she, like everyone else, has had to put live shows on hold for the time being.
She said: “It’s horrible, really. I love performing every bit as much as I do writing. If I had a gun to my head, I couldn’t tell you which one I loved more. Doing one without the other just doesn’t feel right. While I have really appreciated having all the extra time to focus on writing new music, I have desperately missed performing live. I even miss spending an entire day just to perform for half an hour at the end of it.
“I love what I do and it’s such a shame that a big part of it has been cancelled. Just seeing people dance, I miss that terribly. Hopefully it’ll all get back up and running next year. Obviously people’s safety is paramount, but I’m counting the days until we can all get together in a live setting.”
As well as her own music, Becky is one of the most in-demand songwriters in the country for other artists. But on the whole, when she is writing, the song tends to come first, then she decides where it goes.
She said: ”It does vary, but generally it’ll be a song written for myself that gets handed over to someone else. I remember doing a Little Mix session years ago and that was specifically for them, but generally these songs get cut after I’ve written them and usually they’re written for my project that don’t get used. I put the same amount of effort into each one of them though, as you want to do your best work, no matter where it’s going to end up.”
As well as her relentless writing and recording schedule, Becky has been busy most of the year creating The Art Of Rave, her hit podcast on Spotify examining the history of UK dance music from the perspective of those who were there at the time.
With so much going on, it’s no wonder Becky is excited about what the future has in store for her and needless to say, she has a plan: “Hopefully, world domination! I want to sell millions of records, I want to travel the world, play shows to good people everywhere I can. It’s taken me eight years to get to where I am just now, so I’m up for another eight years of trying to break the rest of the world as well.”
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