Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Beth Keeping

Tell Us about:

Your latest single you have released:

The single is called “I’m not looking for a friend”. It’s about situationships (friendships that are borderline romantic) and knowing you’re worth more than question marks. I wrote it with my producer Kaity Rae and it’s fun and the lyrics are fierce and the production takes you on a journey through twists and turns that reflect the way you feel in these situations. One moment you’re feeling really positive and the next you’re frustrated and unsure where you stand. There’s also a short film that’s just come out to accompany the song – it was created with my incredible friends Sarah Sawyer McCarthy and Eleanor Jackson. They heard the song before it came out and really resonated with it and wanted to bring it to life creatively through film. It was an all-female production and I have a little cameo near the end.

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

My first song was called No Hard Feelings, and I remember being so proud of it and excited to release it. I didn’t have many fans at the time, but I held a big launch show in London and all my family and friends came along. Things have changed a lot since then!

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

Probably the title track of my first EP “Fool” – it was the first song I wrote that unlocked a deeper level of honesty and vulnerability in my writing. It took me a long time to finish, but a lot of fans love that one, so it shows how powerful an honest relatable lyric can be

Your favourite song to play live:

Probably one of my earlier songs ‘Building Bridges on the Dancefloor’. Some of my fans filmed themselves doing a dance routine to the track when it came out, and whenever I play it at a calm intimate gig I catch their eye and struggle not to laugh because they’re dancing in their seats…

Your most emotional track:

I released a song in 2020 called “He’s Coming Home” about my Grandfather who passed away during the pandemic. It’s actually a happy song, but I cried a lot when I wrote it!

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

It just feels like walking into a room full of friends! I love to play intimate shows where I can share my music and the stories behind the songs, so there’s nothing nicer than sitting down at the piano in that friendly atmosphere and having a chat and a sing

The hardest track to play live:

I have a song coming out in May called “Plane Tickets” that’s about being single. It’s very vulnerable and touches on emotions we don’t often talk about, so it will be interesting to see how I’ll feel playing that live and how it will be received.

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

A flask for hot water, and earplugs… I’m a very light sleeper

Describe your fans in three words:

Passionate supportive friends

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

I have a whole playlist on Spotify! It’s hard to choose just one, but my friend Vic Allen has an incredible break up song called “I Can” which is heart wrenching.

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

I’ve just released a short film for “I’m not looking for a friend”, and I have more music coming in April and May. I’m also currently planning a headline show in June that I’ll be announcing very soon!

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