We meet with Bebe Rexha, the New York bred alt-popstar, and she shows us a whole lotta crazy.
It’s easy to love a pop princess, right? A guilty pleasure and a shower time essential, a good pop tune goes a long way. What Britney Spears brought to the table circa ’99 demonstrates this perfectly. She was untouchable – any tune kissed by her raspy, sexy vocals turned to gold dust. It’s rare to stumble across an all singing, all dancing songstress but Bebe Rexha goes one step further.
Before Rexha took to the microphone, she was penning lyrics for likes of David Guetta, Pitbull, Eminem and Usher. Brushing shoulders with superstars got her noticed by Warner Music, who signed her on and her rise has since been stratospheric. Her EDM infused track “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy” has clocked over 30 million streams and it’s easy to see why.
How did your career in music begin?
I started writing songs at home and I would collaborate with a lot of different producers. I learned to play the guitar and piano and I immersed myself in anything that was inspiring musically.
You have over 153,000 fans online. A star of the internet age, how do you like to connect with your fans?
I love asking them questions and talking to them. I love staying connecting through Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook. Whenever I can I will do video chats!
If somebody was describing your music to a friend, what artists would they compare your music to?
Honestly, I don’t know because music is heard so differently from every set of ears.
What style of music do you listen to personally?
I’m a fan of every type of music. From opera to jazz, RnB & rock.
Before embarking on a singing career, you racked up some credits as a song writer for Eminem’s track, “Monster”, featuring Rihanna. Why does singing appeal to you more than songwriting?
Singing appeals to me more because I can interact with my fans and feel their energy when I perform live. That’s the best feeling in the world.
If you were to sing a cover, what tune would you choose?
“Killing Me Softly”, the Lauryn Hill version.
You also co-wrote and featured in David Guetta’s track, “Hey Mama”, with Nicki Minaj. Who else would you love to collaborate with?
Chris Martin from Coldplay and Kanye West.
You will be supporting Nick Jonas on tour later this year. Jonas aside, who would you love to support on tour and why?
I’m excited to be a part of Nick’s tour. It’s going to be a fun time. If I were to jump on another tour after, I would love to support Coldplay.
This month you released the video to your latest single “I’m Gonna Show You Crazy”. Can you tell us what you were feeling when you wrote this song?
The song is a message to myself. When I wrote the song in my bedroom it was my form of therapy. It’s about accepting yourself and all of your imperfections. Showing the world it’s ok to be different.
In the beginning of the video numerous criticisms are launched at you for your style of music. Have you experienced such negativity towards your music in the past?
Yes, I definitely have. But I never let it faze me. I always follow my heart and do what I love.
The video showcases your unique sense of style. How would you describe your sense of style?
My style is street wear, grungy yet still glamourous. I call it ‘grunge glamour’.
What do you have in the pipeline for this summer?
I will be on the Vans Warped Tour, finishing my album and then gearing up for the new year! All dates can be found on my website.
Words: Christopher Maul.