North London-based artist Rebecca Phillips recently shared her EP ‘RP1’. The electronic EP highlights her first musical chapter and sonic exploration of her artistry. We caught up with Rebecca just after the EP release, which is a brilliant collection of tunes by the way!
Hey Rebecca, thanks for taking the time to chat to us!
Thanks for asking me along.
Your EP ‘RP1’ is very explorative sonically, how would you define your sound?
It’s hard for me to define but i’ll give it my best shot: Dysfunctional intimacy – hard and soft, electronic and experimental, lyric led filmic Storyscapes with twisted R&B sonics.
‘Burnt Peach’ was widely praised, what was the process for writing that particular song?
I always start with a story I want to tell and then the rest of the process is fairly unconscious. When I get stuck I just keep thinking how can I tell this story better or what do I need to say now in this moment (lyrically, sonically or melodically) and that intention allows me to create the narrative arc that I’m looking for – even though my work is fairly abstract, it’s all intentional. So I guess it’s a mixture of intensions and unconscious processes that oscillate to create the final piece.
Speaking of writing processes, do you write the lyrics or melody first?
Linked to the above question, it’s kind of however the story wants to come out – I try and do things in tandem, but when I have a story I do find myself writing a lot of lyrics. The melody then feeds off the lyric and visa versa until the song takes shape. I think the lyrics and the melody have to be in constant dialogue to create a track that I’m pleased with.
The artwork for your releases are quite stylistic. Who designed the pieces?
Thanks, I like it when art sparks more art and that’s kind of my aim with what I make: to create a three dimensional world so the listener also becomes the viewer. Paddy O’hara is a sick graphic designer and created a kind of digital still life with all the composite elements of the songs – the peach, the green vase and the pedestal as well as an amazing glitchy motion graphic video of a crazy, throbbing, strobing peach. And also the artist Kris Locke has been incredible – he responded to my work by designing a cyborg that almost lives in a parallel dimension but interacts online within the world of the tracks in it’s own way. The designs are on my Instagram for people to look at but I think both artists tap into a futuristic sensibility that I engage with in the music and film making that I do.
You self-release your music, do you think that gives you more freedom to explore your sound?
I think self-releasing does give me freedom, I also think there are some great labels that allow artists to explore their sound so there’s not one way to make it work for you.
Who inspires you to write music?
No-one person. Stories I want to tell are the catalyst. Creating music just feel like it’s an instinctive necessity for me, one that I can’t suppress.
Finally, what’s the one song you wish you’d written?
Jai Paul’s Jasmine.
Thanks for speaking to us Rebecca!
Thanks for having me!
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Featured image by Tom Marshak.