Reba is a 23 year old singer/songwriter from South East England. She is an avid music lover and has been writing music for many years, to no avail. Until she sent a version of her first single, ‘Gone Now (Okay)’ to her close friends who encouraged her to release it. Reba releases covers and other videos on her YouTube channel to a small audience but is constantly working on new original songs. Reba’s latest release is her debut EP, ‘Confessions’ which had been in the works since July 2019 and was released in February 2020.
Who is Reba?
I’m a 23 year old female singer/songwriter from West Sussex, England. I love writing, singing and listening to music! I also love video games, marvel, drawing and movies.
How did you get into music?
I have always loved music. When I was little, I was in my primary school choir which was really fun, we even did a couple shows too. I wrote songs now and then when I was a teenager but nothing good enough to develop or release. It was only really when I started uploading covers to YouTube that I realised it was actually possible for me to get make my own music.
Who are your Biggest influences?
I have so many! But I mainly find influence from Dodie, Leadley, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, My Morning Jacket, The Beatles and Tessa Violet.
What is your writing process like?
I sit with my laptop, keyboard with notebook and browse for different loops and sounds to use. I then build up the track itself before starting to mess with lyrics. I spend a lot of time writing lyrics because I want it to feel as genuine as possible whilst being catchy enough for people to want to listen to. The writing itself varies in difficulty depending on the theme of the song. Games was a particularly difficult song to write as it’s actually based on a card game and an experience of one of my friends; so getting myself in the mind frame of someone who’s been cheated on was quite tricky. When I finished the song I was chuffed that I’d managed it!
In April you released your debut EP Confessions , what was that like? which is your favourite track from the EP?
The Confessions release was both therapeutic and terrifying!! I’d put months of work into creating these really personal songs and was very aware that I would be revealing a lot about myself like my nightmares, crushes and relationships in a very public place. Mentally it was very relieving because I could almost cut ties with those feelings and experiences and move on to new things. My favourite track changed day to day, today it’s A Secret I’ll Never Tell because of the raw honesty in that song and I’m really proud of the lyrics.
What has been the best venue you have played at so far?
I have actually never played any gigs before! I was offered some gig spots in London weeks after Confessions release, but two weeks later we were put into lockdown in England. I’m hoping when things start to calm down from the Covid outbreak and things are safer for everyone, I’ll be able to get some gigs!
How would you change the music Industry?
If I could change one thing, it would be the death of physical media! It’s gutting that we could soon see physical music media like CDs die off, though records are making a come-back, shops like HMV and smaller indie shops could close and could be lost in time.
Who would you like to collaborate with?
I would absolutely love to collaborate with Dodie, Leadley or Wild Horse as their music genres vary, and is so meaningful to me and I’d love to put our creative energies together and see what we could create!
What has lockdown been like for you?
Lockdown has been a real mixed bag! It’s getting so much better now that things are beginning to normalise and I’ve been able to see my friends and family. I found some great ways to keep myself busy at home like gaming online with my friends (lots of Dead By Daylight, Monopoly and Portal 2!) and family quiz nights via FaceTime where we’d take it in turns to research our questions and be the quiz masters!
whats Next for You?
I’m currently working on some upcoming singles, which I’m hoping to get recorded as soon as possible and then hopefully some gigs!