American artist Becky Krill stopped by MoggBlog to chat about the latest release ‘Little Girl’, what’s in store for the rest of 2021, dream collaborations and lots more!
To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound.
Lush. Melancholic. Layered. Introspective. (I know that’s 4)
Introduce yourself (yourselves) and your hidden talent!
Hi! I’m Becky from Brooklyn, New York. I’ve been working for tech startups for the last 10 years while spending my free time writing music, performing around the city and escaping to the mountains in Maine every chance I get. I’m currently working for Artery.is (where pre-pandemic I was a performer on their platform) to bring their brand new product, Bramble, to market. My hidden talent? Cooking! I’m really good in the kitchen.
What made you decide that music is the right path for you?
I love doing it. It wasn’t so much a decision as a life-long love affair.
What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?
I generally write the music first but I often pull lyric ideas from notes I take on my phone.
Do you prefer performing live or recording, and why?
I prefer my time in the studio because it’s more creative and I’m mostly at ease there but there’s really nothing like the rush and high that come with performing and looking people in the eye as you sing your heart to them (even though I do get pre-show jitters every single time).
Who are your main musical influences and why?
Sara Bareilles for her vocal style and melodies. Ani Difranco for her attitude and commitment to authenticity – and both of them for their incredible songwriting ability. I’ve also been largely inspired by Motown, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, TLC and Paul Simon – all for different reasons. I am heavily influenced by GOOD songs – regardless of genre.
If you could change about the music industry, what would it be?
I’d go back to when music was precious and valuable – when you needed to buy the cd or the record and then spend hours listening to the whole thing and reading every liner note.
What would be your dream support gig? Bonus points for place/venue.
Without thinking too hard about this, the first few artists that come to mind are Maggie Rogers, The Head and the Heart, Alabama Shakes, HAIM, MUNA and King Princess. It would be a dream to play Gillette Stadium, Brooklyn Steel, King’s Theatre, Red Rocks, The Strand Ballroom & Theatre in Providence Rhode Island and of course, The Hollywood Bowl.
If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
Rick Rubin or David Foster.
What’s the best advice you’d give to your younger self?
Fail forward (you will anyway).
Give our listeners some music recommendations that we should check out!
My bandmate David Gagne has a solo project called FANTAZMZ which is very dope. I’d also recommend folks check out Myles Bullen from Portland, Maine who I’ve also been collaborating with on the production side of things. He’ll be releasing some of our new work together soon!
What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?
Promoting the fuck out of this album, some travel as always and I’ll be getting right back into the studio in September to get cranking on the sophomore project. I’m likely going to be laying low on the performance side of things for the remainder of 2021 and instead working on putting together a tight live performance over the winter in hopes that COVID will somehow be gone next summer. I’d love a summer or fall tour in 2022.
What’s the music scene like where you are from?
Brooklyn has a vibrant music scene. I’ve missed it a lot through the pandemic. Before the pandemic I spent a lot of time at Gamba – a gallery and performance venue run by Chris Carr and Melissa Hunter Gurney. Chris also runs the Brooklyn Wildlife Summer Festival which I’ve performed at the last couple of years. I’ve met a lot of my music connections through Gamba & BK Wildlife but there’s always something happening in New York City. Kerry Blu of The Empire State Music and Arts Festival also does a lot of work to build and sustain the music community here in the city.
Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?
It wasn’t until I looked back at all 10 songs that I’d recorded that I realized the story the songs were telling all together. The inspiration was different for each song. I really just set out to make the absolute best songs I could while being vulnerable and raw as I processed some intense feelings. These 10 made the cut and I’m grateful they tell a story that I hope resonates with and is comforting and enjoyable for others.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
See my answer to question 7.