Rebekah Vyce is a Singer Songwriter, Vocal Coach & Session Vocalist based in the beautiful city of Bath. Have you ever been to one of those gigs where the crowd falls eerily silent and hangs on every word? Rebekah has that effect on an audience. An experienced vocalist with a voice blending subtle tones of soul, folk & gospel. A songwriter of beautiful melodies that will stay in your head for days, and lyrics that are honest, full of stories, hope and integrity – Rebekah’s music will captivate you. Following on from her Debut EP ‘Small Beginnings’, Rebekah has just released her first full length Album ‘Breath & Dust’.
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1. Hi! We’ve been anxiously awaiting your album! You must be so excited. How did this process come about?
Helloooooo, yes very excited (and just a little exhausted lol!)! I guess the process for this started as soon as I’d finished the last one. I independently released my Debut EP ‘Small Beginnings’ back in 2012 – just to experiment, start the ball rolling, learn how to do it all and experience the whole process. I caught the bug back then and I think I’ve been leading up to this new album
ever since. Back in spring this year I finished writing the songs and started rehearsing with the band. I was in the studio for two weeks in May. Mixing and mastering finished in August and the ‘Breath & Dust’ album was released on Friday 9th October and is now available everywhere!
2. What’s the back story of your project and can you explain a little more about what you’re up too at the moment?
So, right now I’m busy with all the post-release promotion of the new album ‘Breath & Dust’ and I’m two gigs into an eight gig Album Tour! To me this album is about life in all it’s doubts, glories, vulnerabilities and joys. 10 songs written during a time where I feel like I’ve been coming to terms with my frailty, my mere ‘Breath & Dust’ and discovering that actually that fragile ‘Breath & Dust’ is a glorious and beautiful thing. The songs on this record are about me, but I believe that they are also about all of us. They are about my revelation moments. Moments of hope, moments of struggle, moments of discovery, moments of surrender and moments of both joy and sorrow. These are moments I believe we all experience. It’s about embracing who we are in all moments of life and realizing that actually our mere ‘Breath and Dust’ is capable of mighty things whilst not having to have it together all the time. It’s a revelation that has allowed me to become more vulnerable, honest, joyful and free than ever before. I hope you find a bit of that too when you hear it.
3. Was there ever a time that you felt something like this would never happen to you?
Constantly! I think the battle over your thought processes and the way you view the things you do or want to do as a creative person is absolutely HUGE! Somedays this is a battle I lose and I think too far ahead and despair that I will never succeed. Most days this is a battle I manage to win as I remember that all I can do is do my best, whilst maintaining my integrity and passion. What happens after that and how far it reaches is out of my control really. It’s hard to not compare yourself and your music to other artists around you. We are all unique and I constantly have to remind myself that our journey’s and our art do not all have to look the same. Theodore Roosevelt said ‘Comparison is the thief of Joy’ and this is something I try and constantly bear in mind.
4. What has made you feel so lost and how – if you have – have you overcome it?
I am what’s known as an independent ‘DIY’ artist. This means that it’s just me. I don’t have a record label, a team, a manager, an A&R person, a social media team. Nothing – just me. I made this record with the help of a few musical & creative friends, and I have done the rest. Covered all the costs, done all the promo, organized a tour, spent A LOT of time on social media, designed all the graphics, edited all the photos, made a video, dealt with all the logistics and done whatever I could to make it look/sound as professional as possible. All of that alongside the rest of my work as a Vocal Coach/Music Tutor. This has been an exciting and rewarding experience but it has also often been very lonely, frustrating and has left me feeling more than a little lost on many occasions. However, I have always had a strong sense of this being a role I was born for, something I am meant to be doing with my life. It’s something that I love and is the way I connect with people, process the world around me and tell my story. With this in mind I usually don’t feel lost for long, I just keep moving and trying my best.
5. What makes or would make you feel “found” either career wise or just life wise
The faith that I am created to create, that my life has a purpose, that God’s got my back and that he can work with the seemingly small seeds in my hand. I love connecting with people through my music. The moments where I feel like I’ve managed to put people’s feelings into words or their words into a melody – I feel like it’s all worthwhile when I make someone cry at a gig! It’s music’s job to help people feel, so therefore in those moments I feel like it’s job done!I think I can some it all up by saying that I feel ‘found’ when I am using the gifts that have been given to me, whatever form that takes.
6. Do you have any upcoming opportunities for people to get involved in?
I’m always up for working with other songwriters or musicians. As much as I love playing gigs just me and a piano and writing from the piano, I would love to write more songs in the future with guitarists and playing about with loop pedals and electronic production. Stuff that’s outside of my expertise. So if you’re interested in being creative with me then I’d love to hear from you
7. If you could do anything else at all, what would it be?
Oooo tough question. Music has always been my thing and I feel very blessed right now to be working in only musical roles. Alongside my Singer-Songwriter projects I teach vocals, songwriting, music theory and do session vocal jobs where available. I love to have my fingers in many musical pies. I was always quite academic at school and at one point almost decided to study human biology at Uni rather than music – I find it fascinating! So I guess if I had to pick something that wasn’t at all musical related then maybe something with biology – a paramedic or something. Or I could be a professional traveller – I would love to see more of the world. I really just hope that I can always do music.
8. What are you aiming for and what do you love about what you do?
When kids and young people find out what I do they often ask things along the line of ‘When did you first want to be famous?’ – quite honestly, the answer to that is:’Never’! I love music, it’s ability to communicate, connect, make us feel, give us courage, give us peace, give us space – it’s all about that for me. Singing and creating music is the gift that’s in my hand and I intend to use it to the best of my ability. I feel hugely privileged to bring music to people. It’s not about the size of my audience. Every single person that I can bring joy to through it is worth it. It sounds cheesy but I mean it. I hope that however big my audience gets, even if it never gets much bigger than it is now, that I will be always be satisfied with writing something that means something to just one person.
I heard some brilliant advice a few years ago that really helps me stay focused. That was that it’s our job to concentrate on the ‘depth’ of the work we do – the heart behind it, the quality, the integrity. It’s not our job to concentrate on the ‘breadth’ – how far it goes, how big our audience is, how ‘famous’ we are. Yes we should try our best and with that might come a large audience but I never want to lose sight of what a privilege it is to play music in the first place and all I love about it.
9. If you had any advice to give out to anyone in a similar career path what would it be? What would stop them from giving up?
Here’s a few…
1. Work on your skills, practise, practise, practise.
2. Work with other creatives. Find someone to bounce your ideas off who will be kind but
honest and constructive.
3. Don’t be too proud to ask for help or admit that you sometimes find it hard. Be real.
4. Surround yourself with people who will champion you, encourage you. (This doesn’t
mean that they have to completely understand you though! That’s usually impossible.)
5. If you write songs then write about what you know, be real, be honest in them, open
yourself up – people really respond to that.
6. Be kind to yourself. Always be yourself. Don’t beat yourself up for every little mistake.
7. ‘Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can’
8. Don’t compare your art to someone else’s. We all have a story worth telling and our own
way of telling it.
10.Any last words?
Thanks so much for having me. I hope this was an interesting read and that if you check it out that you love the new album – I’d love to sing to you at a gig sometime! You can get three tracks from ‘Breath & Dust’ right now over on Noisetrade FOR FREE!…