Rebekah continues to promote her Elements series as both a DJ and producer, Elements which she took from ‘her freshman EP released in 2014’. Rebekah debuted her Elements showcase where she grew up, Birmingham. She uses these showcases to convey her own music and of other artists, bringing Elements to three different European cities.
Q: You started Elements back in 2014 with an EP from yourself, did you ever imagine it would come this far?
A: Secretly I hoped it would! Upon discovering Malika Maria’s, I loved the idea for her to be able to join me either part of an album tour or a showcase, we just needed to figure out how it would work. The EP that came out was born from a concept of a simple and definitely been done before idea but I wanted to see how it would translate in to techno music. Bringing visuals to music and vice versa has always been one of my creative tools, so this whole project seems like a logical progression.
Q: You’ve played in Ireland a few times now, most recently in District 8 with Alan Fitzpatrick, are you excited to be coming back to bring your elements showcase with Paula Temple?
Q: I read that you grew up in Birmingham and started DJing when you were 16, throughout the years seeing multiple changes in the scene, how has your sound changed?
A: When I started out I just knew I wanted to become a DJ, one of those spur of the moment decisions! I really hadn’t developed a taste for a specific genre so I ended up buying all sorts of music, from deep house, trip hop through to techno. I really discovered techno when I was 17 and felt like I had arrived home, but mixing it was another thing, I just struggled with the loops and as a novice it was easier to mix more formulated house music, so I started playing Chicago and French house and it progressed down a house paved street until somewhere in the mid to late 00’s I was so unhappy and disillusioned with the house scene that I started a new path to discover my original passion for techno, the records I would secretly play when non of my friends were around. Ten years on and I am happier and more at ease with what I’m doing than ever, and the genre always keeps me satisfied with the amount of great music there is to be discovered.
Q: I’ve seen a lot of videos of you playing live recently, could you give us a run down of your set up?
A: It’s a real simple Native Instruments 4 channel Traktor set up, laptop, RME sound card, 2 NI X1’s controlling the channels and 1 NI F1 controlling effects. All of this through the Allen & Heath Xone 92 mixer. This works well for me as I really enjoy mixing 3-4 tracks as it allows me to build energy within a DJ set and have control over the tracks with specific cue points. I am not one that plays loops only, I still appreciate the tracks entirety but this freedom allows me to jump through different sections. Using the F1 mapped to effects is also an easy tool to have and a lot of fun whilst playing, not one to be abused though! Occasionally I bring the Roland Aira TR-8 along but it doesn’t sync so well with the Traktor software so its now saved for the forthcoming album tour which will be of a live hybrid set and a whole new way of performing.
Q: When you get into the studio, where do you find most of your inspiration coming from?
A: By the time I have reached the studio I may have already have the idea for the track on the go, recently I have been making a start on ideas on flights, in hotel rooms between gigs and occasionally late at night at home. More often is the case when I have some free head space and the moment catches me. Once in the studio I have a few pieces of kit I can come back to, to get some ideas going like the Doepher Dark Time, a nifty little sequencer and I recently added the Dave Smith Oberheim Ob-6 to my set up, so there are some really powerful sounds to be played around with in there too.
Q: How do you go about choosing your line ups for your Element showcases, is there different factors you need to take into consideration?
A: Mainly it’s about an energy within techno that I am looking for, leaning towards the more industrial sounds that are out there, possibly more UK in essence. I think the UK artists are more interesting in their choice of sounds and references to their past influences. But I am not biased that would be doing the scene a disservice! It’s also a home for the faster and harder sounds to be explored, I have had such backlash against “being too fast and too hard….” that I needed to create a place where there are no boundaries.
Q: Techno is really on the rise at the moment and is extremely popular for anyone into electronic music, how do you feel about the scene at the moment?
A: It’s just a wonderful time to be around it, to see the young kids really getting in to the sound all over Europe and beyond makes me super happy. It’s almost like I can see myself at a younger age experiencing it for the first time. It’s also exciting knowing the scene is going to be healthy for many years to come.
Q: How is 2017 looking for yourself and Elements?
A: I have my album coming out on Soma in April which I can’t wait to share with everyone and we have planned an album tour. Elements will have some more showcases around Europe and we have the next two EP’s in the concept to be released this year. And for the rest lets see…