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Bec Plath Interview

 

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I discovered her today and really liked what I heard from this talented singer songwriter. Love the tunes and thought an interview was a must.

http://www.becplath.com/

1. Are you happy with the response to the new EP so far?

Absolutely happy.  The response on AirIT has been incredible.
 
2. How were things different recording wise compared to the last EP?
 
My
first EP was basically a university project, that I had remixed for
release.  It was done quickly and cheaply.  What was good with that
though is that the songs still shone through on their own merit, despite
inexperienced production.

This time around I employed Guy Cooper from Serotonin Productions to
co-produce the EP with me.  We spent a lot of time in pre-production
and really planned out what we were going to do with the tracks.  I am
really happy with the outcome.  It was nice to be a lot more in control
of what direction, production-wise, the EP took. 

 
3. What has been the inspiration for the new EP?
 
There’s a variety of inspiration.  Obsession and What I Was Looking For are inspired from relationships; Absent Mind comes from an analysis of myself and my quirks.  At The End Of The Night
was written whilst on holidays in a beautiful place in northern NSW,
Yamba.  It was such a lovely and relaxing time, I just didn’t want to
leave.  It made me think about how stressful and busy life can be, and
how necessary it is to take time just to breathe and relax. 
 
4. What inspires you when writing your songs?
 
Lyrically,
life!  Initially what spurred me on to start writing was the breakdown
of a relationship (I think this is quite a common ground for most
songwriters).  However, more and more I get inspired by more than just
love and heartache…interesting people that I see on the bus, for
example; even my own craziness!  Writing is such a a therapeutic
excercise I find. 

Musically, is a bit more magical for me.  I usually get this
feeling that I’m going to write something and will feel the need to sit
at the piano.  Quite often I’ll just write something on the spot, then
and there.

 
5. How the internet & social media played a part in getting your music out there?
 
It has provided a great platform for people to hear my music.  It allows people from all around the world to listen to my music.
 
6. Do you think Airit & AMRAP are fantastic tools in getting your music played on radio?
 
Absolutely!  For my previous EP, community radio stations from around Australia were serviced by AMRAP.  Just recently my song ‘Obsession’
made the Top Ten accessed for airplay on community radio.  I have had
great success on community radio, and AMRAP has certainly assisted in
getting my music to a great audience than I could do on my own. 
 
7. What do you hope the new EP will do for your music career?
 
I hope that more people will get to hear my music and it will open doors to more touring opportunities and radio airplay. ]
 
8. What advice can you give to somebody wanting to make a music career?
 
Get
out to local gigs and meet bands!  Not only are you supporting the
local scene, networking is imperative to succeed in this industry.  You
never know who you will meet. 
 
9. Who has been your greatest help with your music so far?
 
I
think support from community radio has been amazing.  My music hasn’t
yet been played on radio stations like Triple J or commercial. 
Community radio fills this gap of giving emerging artists, such as
myself, air time.

Also venues, such as X & Y Bar in Brisbane that have supported
me and given great opportunity to play gigs on weekends, when other
venues wouldn’t as yet, just because they believe in my music.  That is
such an amazing compliment. 

 
10. What is next for Yourself?
 
In the next few months I am playing a number of EP launches:

Thursday 21 July – Low 302, Sydney NSW
Friday 22 July – Builders Arms, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 6 August – Beetle Bar, Brisbane QLD
Friday 9 September – Pacific Hotel, Yamba NSW

All
of this whilst finishing my final semester of my music degree at
university!  So hopefully will also be graduating at the end of the year
too 🙂


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