Bec Sykes is a singer-songwriter from the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Layering moody melodies upon minimalist piano and guitar, Bec uses her voice as an instrument and masters the art of emo-folk. Bec has spent the past eighteen months honing her songwriting skills and playing at many of Melbourne’s most beloved intimate venues including The Wesley Anne, Grace Darling, and Some Velvet Morning. Having been crowned the winner of Melbourne label, Pieater’s ‘Pie School’ competition in late 2019, Bec has recently been in the studio with Tom Iansek (Big Scary, #1 Dads, Airling) to record her first single, 'Edithvale'.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I would describe my music as moody folk. I've always had a love of melancholy. Growing up I was drawn to film scores and the atmosphere they created. I also listened to a lot of emo music at school. Vocally I admire singers that use their voice emotively and in an interesting way - I think artists like Sigur Ros, Regina Spektor and Elizabeth Fraser have influenced my vocal style. I love performances when it's just a singer-songwriter with their instrument and voice. I'm trying to lean into that minimalism and intimacy and to trust my intuition.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Quiet time, walking, nature, conversations and strong emotions.
What can punters expect from a Bec Sykes live show?
Me playing piano or guitar and singing sad songs.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
"You'll probably still feel anxious pursuing the things you want to do, feeling anxiety isn't a reason not to do them." - My psychologist
Also, "Be kind to yourself when you write." - Ainslie Wills
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'What's the Deal with David?' by Oh Pep
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'If You Call' by Angie McMahon (in a cathartic way)
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Absolutely Everybody' by Vanessa Amorosi
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I think it was Alexander Biggs, Ruby Gill & David Western at Common Rooms back in Feb. It was my birthday and I sat at the back in the corner and closed my eyes, it was the perfect introverted sad girl party. Seated gigs are my fave gigs.
Tell us about the bands or people in your local music community that inspire you.
There's so many! Some of my favourite Melbourne artists are Gaia Scarf, Charm of Finches, GraceJean, Low Key Crush and Half the Andes. They all have incredible voices/harmonies and they write clever songs and grab my heart and twist it in the best way.
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
I was lucky enough to win the Josh Pyke Partnership which involves a grant, so I'm planning to record an EP with the grant funds.View Profile Hide Interview