Having made us wait for two years since her critically-acclaimed third album, Perfect Animal, Becca Stevens is back with her stunning new LP, Regina. Blending genres including jazz, indie rock and pop, Becca has been championed for her hypnotising lyrics and intricate vocal layerings.
And this can be seen in her new album. Influenced by her thorough readings on Queens throughout literature, the album is a divine piece of songwriting, showing off Becca’s incredible talent and stunning voice.
Fresh from releasing Regina last month and with numerous tour dates lined up, we talked to the stunning songstress to find out all about her.
How did you first get into creating music?
I was born into a musical family. By the age of 2 I was performing on stage with my family’s band, “the Tune Mammals”! Both my parents are classically trained singers and my dad is a multi-instrumentalist. I grew up with a lot of good music around all the time.
You’ve spent the last two years studying various queens from history and literature. Could you tell us a bit about this and how it influenced your song writing?
The strength and divinity of these regal figures have been my inspiration for all the songs on Regina, and over time those same qualities have found their way into my artistry in the form of a writing platform that at time feels like my imaginary writing partner, & ultimately my muse. Regina had also become like an alter ego that I carry with me in my writing, performing, and daily life.
“This album is less personal than my records prior in the sense of subject matter, and yet it’s a much more authentic expression of my voice than I have ever managed to share.”
You’ve just released your new album Regina, can you tell us a bit about it?
Regina is an album inspired by Queens throughout history, literature, folklore, and my own imagination. Regina has also become my writing partner, platform, and muse. This album is less personal than my records prior in the sense of subject matter, and yet it’s a much more authentic expression of my voice than I have ever managed to share.
What’s your personal favourite track from the album?
Do you have children or nieces & nephews? Which one is your favorite? I could never pick either! But there are different things I love about each one.
You made a decision for this record to be released by Becca Stevens as opposed to Becca Stevens Band. Why was this?
I wanted to open up the creative process (both writing and recording) to more collaboration than ever before. It allowed me to be the common thread that ran through a very long elaborate process.
You’re currently touring. What’s your favourite thing about performing live?
Load in, load out, and sound check. NOT. Connecting with an audience, and the people on stage with me.
What else do you have lined up for this year?
Lots and lots of touring with my band, a wedding, and writing, recording, and touring with David Crosby.