It’s no great secret that Scotland’s music scene is a thing to be proud of. So we here at TSA have teamed up with Scotland’s very own New Hellfire Club to bring you a monthly pick of who we think are doing epically well right now. Keep your eyes out for these up and coming bands. This is TSA and New Hellfire Club’s ‘Pick of the Month’.
Hi there Rebekah! Glad to have you in for this month’s Pick Of The Month in collaboration with the TSA and ourselves, NHC, I just realised that you are possibly the youngest musician we have had gracing this interview page, so I will try and mind my P’s and Q’s. So, start us off then by telling us a wee bit about yourself, like when you started down the musical road and what got you inspired to take up the guitar in the first place?
Well I started singing at the age of 8 when my auntie found a week-long theatre summer school where I ended up getting my first ever solo (up until then I hadn’t ever sang or was even that interested in singing) and it’s just went on from there. I’ve been gigging for the past 7 years and writing songs for the last 6. I started taking up guitar because I grew up listening to a lot of bands like Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Blur etc. and I wanted to be as good as that – I’m not quite there at the moment but I’m still working on it!
You attend quite a lot of open mic type events across the city, as well as your gigging and live music videos. Do you feel that these different avenues are important to keep up at this stage in your career? Do you need to be playing the guitar and singing as much as you can at the moment, or is it more to do with your love for performing that keeps you as active on the circuit as you are?
I definitely feel that continuously doing gigs and putting up videos is essential at this stage in my career as you need to get your name out there as much as possible and you can’t let people forget about you after spending so much time building up your profile. I’d say it was a bit of both, of course I love doing what I’m doing but I believe it’s crucial to be playing whenever I can – even if it is just a live video or something like that just to keep up the momentum.
Tell us a bit about your musical influences then, do they affect your own songwriting and playing? Do you often hear other musicians that you yourself love bleeding through a bit in your own music? Was there anyone outwith the musical sphere who inspired you to take up the guitar and pursue your dreams?
I am very inspired by Stevie Nicks and I like to think that she has influenced the way I write although I am also very inspired by Fiona Apple and I think some of my music is quite similar to her style. Outwith music my dad influenced me taking up guitar and always encouraged me to learn it but my mum has also really encouraged me to pursue my career in music. They’re not the type of parents who tell me to ‘get a proper job’ because they fully support me and I couldn’t be more thankful for all of their help.
Who else, in your own opinion, should we be looking out for in the Scottish music scene right now, is there anyone that you love playing alongside yourself that we should be taking notice of too? Feel free to name drop some talented friends, we love a bit of name-dropping!
I definitely believe you should be looking out for Liam Doyle, he has some really great songs and is very talented, also Mandulu & Hephzibah/Kodak Ghosts as they are two great singers and have a very unique style.
What would you say is the best venue to play in Glasgow? Why this choice? Are there any venues that you specifically want to aim at playing one day soon, why this choice?
So far, my favourite venue I have played is Òran Mór because I really love the atmosphere in the place but the people make it that much better too. I’d love to play the main stage at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut someday because there is just such a good vibe in the place and so many great bands and artists have played there so it’d be cool to follow in their footsteps.
So, tell us about the rest of your year and beyond then, what’s next for Rebekah Kirk? Any big plans in the pipeline you can share with our readers? Any big gigs coming up later in the year we should know about? The floor is yours!
I have a support gig coming up on Tuesday 26th September in the O2 ABC2 supporting Kawehi who has nearly 200,000 subscribers on YouTube and I have the Big Cartel link for the tickets pinned to the top of my Facebook (www.facebook.com/officialrebekahkirk) and my Twitter (twitter.com/rebekah_kirk). I was also asked to headline a night of King Tuts Summer Nights this year but couldn’t because of my age… however I am looking forward to doing it as soon as I can! In the next year I am hoping to record and release my first EP which I am very excited about and can’t wait to get more of my music out there.