Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Rebecca Riedtmann to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m from Surrey. I’ve been into music for as long as I can remember. I was writing lyrics and coming up with melodies long before I could play an instrument.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I have such broad tastes that it would be hard to list them all… but I grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac, The Hollies, Blondie, Suzanne Vega... More recent influences include Frazey Ford and Gillian Welch.
How would you describe your sound?
I usually describe myself as ‘Americana and soulful blues’, but you can hear many different styles in my music. There are elements of folk-rock, soul and country in there too.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
I have released four songs as singles from my album (the entire album in now also available). A Better Me was the original debut single, and I’m proud to be able to say that it features harp from Tom Moth (of Florence + the machine). The song is about liking yourself more seen through the eyes of another. It’s definitely one of the sweetest songs I’ve ever written. A reviewer recently described it as ‘powerfully intimate’.
What’s your local music scene like?
Busy! There’s a lot of local talent around.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I spent the last year recording my album, so I will be busy promoting this at shows and on the radio. I'm especially excited about a gig at The Green Note on 5th April - it's really a very special venue. I also have an EP ready too, but I’m trying to hold back from releasing it and pace myself! I’m always writing new songs, so I’ll be hoping to get some of these recorded in the studio this year too!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Frazey Ford! Or Stevie Nicks or KT Tunstall!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I guess that I always went into this with the priority being to make good music with good people. I feel really blessed that I have such a fantastic band of talented musicians around me. I couldn’t / wouldn’t want to do it without them.