After releasing her single Lovebug back in June, singer Beya's gone from strength to strength. We caught up with her to discuss the music industry and being a woman in 2016.
Words by Maddie Ivey
Hi Beya, You recently opened for Majid Jordan- Congratulations! What was it like to perform with them?
Ah thank you! It was surreal. I’m a huge fan, so the fact that I was able to open for their first-ever show in Baltimore was a dream come true.
We recently published a piece on our site by all-girl group Baby Queens exploring why is there such a shortage of female musicians. What are your experiences of being a woman in the industry?
Honestly, when I make music, I don’t think about being a woman, or writing to women. It’s just a form of self-expression that I hope my listeners can connect with. My experience in the industry has been extremely positive so far—my peers are very supportive of what I’m doing and encourage me to push my writing and sound.
What are your thoughts on Glastonbury 2016’s all-female stage? Did they need it?
It was really awesome to see what they did at Glastonbury. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized the importance of sisterhood and I admire the fact that Glastonbury had a women-only venue to harness that bond. In the future, I would like to see that same sentiment spread throughout the entire festival, without separate stages.
What advice would you give to those thinking of entering the music business?
Write down your goals. Stay focused. Stay humble.
How do you think the industry has changed over the last few years?
The internet is a powerful resource and because of it, I feel like the industry has changed significantly. Everything is immediate. If you want to know where someone is right this second, you can probably find out by way of their social media accounts. If you want to reach out to one of your favorite artists, they are only a tweet away. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it. Everyone has an all-access pass.
If you could say anything to any musician of your choice (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you say?
I would thank Amy Winehouse for not being afraid to be herself.
And lastly, who is your female hero of 2016?
Rupi Kaur. Her writing is powerful and I am glad she decided to share her book milk & honey with the world. I find so much strength in her words.