Beyond The Woods Meets: Rebekah Fitch

Rebekah Fitch is an Irish alternative singer and songwriter. Her most recent songs have been released alongside some totally unique extras – a short film, a tapestry, and an entire game! We caught up with her to ask where her inspiration comes from…

What made you decide to do these? How did you come up with the ideas?

Haha, well like all of the best ideas, the overall vision of doing a visual EP came to my crazy mind while I was trying to fall asleep one night. I realised that one of the things I love most about what I do is the creativity and the collaboration that’s available, working with talented people that I love to make art that I’m really passionate about. I’ve always wanted to assemble a team around what I do, bringing in the creative strengths of other amazing people I admire to make projects that go beyond the music. So I tried to make a visual parallel for each song, one that was unique to the meaning behind the song and allowed it to flourish into something that would further develop everything it contained. I just love when artists expand their music into a wider creative world, and so I wanted to challenge myself creatively to do that.

How has the pandemic impacted your creativity? Did it give you time to work on things or just generally slow everything down?

Hmm, it’s been a mixed bag I think – very challenging. For me, when gigs weren’t able to go ahead, I had to find a multitude of new jobs and ways to survive, so time to be creative was very limited. It’s felt like being on pause for 18 months, just when I had moved to London, ready to take on the world! But I’m just so grateful that I’m still getting to make music at the moment, even if it’s at a slower pace. I’m learning to be patient with it and not blame myself for any lack of progress. What’s the rush?

What are you most looking forward to as the world slowly gets back to normality?

I’m a very social person, so being able to hang out with friends again was just such a blessing, for my mental health, for my day-to-day happiness… Career-wise, I just can’t wait to get back in the motion of it all – the writing, the recording, the visuals, the gigging – feeling like there’s a sense of growth and movement, riding the wave of it all. That gets me excited.

If you could collaborate with any other artist, who would you choose?

Oooh…  So difficult to pick just one! It would have to be someone who I really admire, am influenced by, and I think is ahead of the curve creatively, but different enough from my own style that the fusion we would make would blow people’s minds. Maybe Childish Gambino, or James Blake??

What have you been up to lately?

So recently I’ve been planning a UK and Ireland Tour for the end of October/start of November, which I am SO pumped for! It feels amazing to be working towards something tangible, especially something that you can share with other people in a magical moment. I’m heading to Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Dublin, and the Belfast and London with my band!

What’s your proudest moment/achievement as an artist?

I would say my headline show in The MAC Theatre in Belfast is still my proudest moment. It was my biggest headline show, and completely self-organised and self-promoted. We sold out all 350-seats, and we had full band, a string ensemble (which I wrote the arrangements for) and a light show! I couldn’t believe it all came together, it was just electric, and I felt so supported.

What’s the last song you listened to?

Well Lorde’s album came out today, so all of that on repeat!

What’s a controversial opinion you hold?

Love Island is the worst invention known to man!

What’s your favourite foreign word?

Omg what an excellent question! I’m a big fan of those videos where they find all the words that sound the same in one language, and form a whole sentence with them. For example, “the green worm goes towards the green glass,” in French is “le ver vert va vers le verre vert”. Genius. Need to fit it into a song somehow.

Rebekah Fitch

Rebekah Fitch is a new Irish alternative-pop artist, combining a love of melody with thought-provoking poetry; powerful vocals with vulnerability; and forward thinking production with enigmatic visuals. The power of music is in its ability to carry a message, and this is exactly what Rebekah does.  

With influences ranging from Florence and the Machine and Daughter, to Kanye West and Childish Gambino, she was hotly tipped in Hot Press and The Thin Air’s 2019 Watch Lists, even before she sold out Belfast’s The MAC Theatre with a 350-seat headline show. 

Drawing from her fascination with experimental electronica, she produces unique sonic worlds around her fresh, memorable melodies. Her dynamic multi-instrumental live shows, complete with mesmerising live-looping, flute, and impressive vocal ability, have attracted serious attention and are now in constant demand. 

She has already amassed over 100,000 Spotify streams, has performed in the SSE Arena (and for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge), and was one of five nominees for Best Emerging Act in the Northern Irish Music Prize. She has toured the UK and Ireland, performed live sessions for Sky One, BBC Two and  UTV, and gained early commercial success with playlisting on Cool FM, U105 and Dublin’s FM104 (as their Select Irish Artist). Her songs have made No. 6 in  Chordblossom’s Top NI Releases 2017-18-19, and No. 75 in The Thin Air’s Top Irish Releases of 2019. With two critically acclaimed EPs already under her belt, 2020 promises the release of new music.

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