Local singer songwriter Rebekah Wilson will launch her debut EP Reprieve later this week but for the performer has admitted she wishes she had have released her work sooner.
belfastvibe team member J’aime Rachelle meets Rebekah ahead of her weekend release.
J’aime: So what influenced you to start writing?
Rebekah: “I don’t really know what influenced me other than my passion and drive for doing what I loved.
“While it was always something in the background, I accidentally wrote something I was genuinely pleased with in December 2013 and that’s what got me started into writing for performance and recording.”
J: What age were you when you wrote your first song?
R: “Music has been my passion from I was a toddler and I was writing my own music and lyrics from maybe about 5/6 years old.”
J: Wow that’s really impressive! What’s the general response been to your music so far?
R: It’s been great! I never thought people would be so positive about it, particularly the artists and local media I look up to so much.
“If I knew the response would be so good, I’d have started out a lot earlier.
“The main reason I didn’t start earlier was cause I was too scared that people would think it sucked.”
J: Who are your role models in the music industry?
R: “That’s a tough question. Locally, there’s quite a few bands that I knew and loved a few years back who’ve really taken off like More Than Conquerors and SOAK so they give me motivation to keep pushing.
“It goes without saying, Terri Hooley’s sheer passion for local music is something I couldn’t neglect.
“Internationally, I’ve always admired the likes of LynZ and Kitty from Mindless Self Indulgence, Chantal Claret, Jessicka Addams, Avril Lavigne and Hayley Williams as they show that being a woman in the music industry isn’t a bad thing and we shouldn’t be belittled for being a minority in the industry.”
J: What would you say is the main theme of Reprieve?
R: “People have been pointing out themes and it makes it seem like a bit of concept EP, but in my head it’s just a bunch of songs I was pleased with thrown together onto a CD.
“I’m a sucker for love songs and most of the things I need off my chest are in that vein so the first and final track are about that – one break-up song and one forever-and-ever song.
“The title track Reprieve was written about my lack of freedom but from the perspective of a depressed Rebekah.
“Looking back at it now, it’s probably more about depression than I originally intended.”
J: Would you say music has helped you through mental health issues like depression?
R: “Music is the only thing that really helps me through tough times.
“Perhaps appreciating it more so than writing it because when I’m low I just can’t express anything I’m feeling.
“But I know that I feel on top of the world when I’m in a venue with my favourite bands shaking every organ in my body with their music, or when I’m singing my lungs out to my favourite song.
“There’s just something about music that is so indescribable but makes us feel so good. There’s always something we can relate to and there’s something for everyone”
J: Thanks for your time Rebekah and thank you for being so honest! One last question, what advice would you give to other young girls or people who have had mental health issues before, that are wanting to make their own music?
R: “Go for it! Don’t have any shame – if it’s something you want to do and it’s something you love, you can’t go wrong with it no matter what others think.
“There are so many opportunities in the music industry, whether it be on the stage, behind the stage, in the studio, in the venue or behind the laptop in your bedroom.
“Just find something you love and go out and make sure you have a good time.
“You’ve one chance to do it and if it makes you happy, then it’s the right thing.”
Rebekah’s debut EP Reprieve is released on April 25 and will be available in local record stores or order/download HERE
Rebekah’s debut single Nothing (Me & You) from the EP is available for download now at HERE