BEC returns to Second State for new 'Lost In Change' EP (Interview) | Soundspace

BEC returns to Second State for new ‘Lost In Change’ EP (Interview)

Interview: BEC

DJing has taken British artist BEC away from the humble surroundings of her Brighton upbringing to live in cities like London, Berlin and Ibiza. A culture shock that translates cleanly through her music.

As a producer her music has landed on labels such as Cox’s Intec and Beyer’s Drumcode and she just recently returned to Second State for her fifth EP on the Berlin based output.

We spoke to BEC about the new release, what she does to prepare for a gig and if she has any goals for her blooming career in the coming years. Grab the full discussion below.

You just released your Lost In Change EP on Pan-Pot’s Second State imprint, what’s the vision behind this one?

I wrote these tracks when I moved to Ibiza for the summer and got settled in my new studio. I had decided to make a move from Berlin, where I had been living for four years as I felt I needed a change. Lifes too short to not try living in a new country, but sometimes it can be daunting, especially when you first arrive. So the title of the EP and the acappella I recorded for the track really represented what I was feeling at the moment, a little Lost In Change.

Technically speaking, usually I write music with a mixture of hardware and software but ‘Lost In Change’ was written solely on my TR8-S and Analog Rytm. ‘State Of Flow’ I wrote using the Roland Cloud plugins which I was using for the first time. I named ‘State Of Flow’ after the book by Mihali Csikszentmihalyi which is about being in a state of consciousness where you disconnect and are totally absorbed in what you are doing, happily and often creatively. My move to Ibiza really helped me to bring this State Of Flow into my life all the time. I’m super happy with this release and proud to share it with the world.

And this is definitely not your first time on Second State, you must have developed a great relationship with the team at this point?

Yes, it’s my home label and everyone that’s part of it are like family! Pan-Pot have given me huge support from the beginning which I couldn’t be more grateful for.

And what’s one label you hope to release on in the future?

Ohhh there are many! Rekids, BPitch, Plus8, Planet Rhythm, Soma Records (ultimate favourite label ever!).

As a DJ you’ve played Watergate, EGG LDN and Burning Man, three very different dance floors, how much do you prepare for a gig before hand?

I usually prepare the first few tracks and then I just flow from there! I like to improvise, and see what the audience is dancing to the most.

And do you have any pre-show rituals or superstitions?

I usually always have a disco nap before, then coffee as soon as I wake up! If I have time I will meditate in my hotel room before leaving, or do a quick standing meditation right before getting in front of the decks where I really focus on getting thoughts out of my mind, to be able to just feel the music and flow with the energy of the dancefloor.

Despite your success as both a DJ and a producer, you’re still very early in your career, what goals do you have for the next few years?

Lots!! Mostly my biggest goal is to sign music to labels that I love. I’d love to play in countries I haven’t before such as Argentina, Peru, Chile, Japan and Canada for example. I’m also expanding my Curio music showcases, bringing it back next year after taking a break from it in 2019.

Before we wrap things up, what’s one lesson or skill you recently learnt that’s had a massive impact on your work?

Patience and to stay as present as possible! It’s so easy to compare yourself to others in this industry, or naturally just wanting to be at “the top” right away, without enjoying the journey of getting there. I feel I’ve learnt this lesson through mediation and now I feel content, happy and so ready for each step of the way to my ultimate goal.

BEC’s Lost In Change EP is out now on Second State.