Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Beth Keeping find out more about her…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I'm from Woking, Surrey, which funnily enough inspired the Jam's song 'Town Called Malice', although nowadays it's rather nice! I grew up listening to singer-songwriters like Delta Goodrem and Martyn Joseph who wrote their own songs, and they inspired me to start writing as a teenager.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
See above. My current influences are much broader, including pop-country artists, acoustic singer-songwriters and R&B singers from the '00s like Ne-Yo and Usher! My current favourite is a guy called Wrabel from LA who writes beautiful lyrics into upbeat catchy pop songs.
How would you describe your sound?
This record is organic pop with country influences.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My new single is called Strangers in the Same City and it's about what it feels like to break up with someone in a city like London, which can be huge and yet tiny at the same time... If the person isn't in your social circle you never know whether you'll bump into them tomorrow or never see them again.
What’s your local music scene like?
My local town of Woking doesn't actually have a music venue – I'm holding my EP launch in April in a wine bar because I wanted to do something in my hometown. Guildford however is nearby and has a lot of live music opportunities because there's a local music college.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Yes! I have an EP coming out on Friday 20th April, and I'm holding a launch night in London on 30th April to celebrate. Then I've got some very exciting UK tour plans for May which I can't quite talk about yet, but watch this space!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
My absolute dream would actually be Elton John, I'm SUCH a fan! Other than that Delta Goodrem as she was my main inspiration growing up.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I used to do quite a bit of busking, so I've seen lots of dance fails as over-excited tourists get down to my cover of Dancing Queen.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I'm challenging myself to be more honest in my songwriting, and writing the songs that I've previously been scared to tackle, so look out for that later this year! Also I post a lot of stupid stories on Instagram if you want to follow my sillyness – @bethkeeping.