One of techno’s most exciting rising talents at the moent, BEC’s rise to fame has been nothing short of extraordinary. Initially a designer by day, Rebecca Godfrey was approached by Pan-Pot at a London Warehouse Event, where their professional relationship evolved to BEC releasing her debut EP via the duo’s Second State imprint.
Since, BEC has played some of the largest festivals and most well-renowned clubs around the globe; from Watergate in Berlin, Egg in London, and ADE in Amsterdam. She has continuously proved her technical ability with two outstanding EP’s, and has backed this up with strong DJ sets that have often gone viral.
Bunker was lucky enough to get a hold of the busy Brighton-born artist ahead of her latest release, Sines & Breaks, to chat about all things production, inspiration, and future plans. Full interview below.
Hey BEC, what have you been up to lately?
Music. Music, music. I’m really focused in the studio right now and I’ve made the most tracks in the shortest amount of time that I ever have. I don’t want to break the energy or the flow so I’m going to continue until I don’t have any creative juice left!
Tell me about your latest release, Sines & Breaks. How did it come about – What was your inspiration for the record?
It’s a fusion between the inspiration from my early DNB, Breaks clubbing days in the UK, and the techno that I’ve experienced in Berlin. Hence the name Sines & Breaks. Sine is referring to a sine wave, a basic form of sound that is very commonly used in techno music. And breaks, are referring to breakbeats, and particularly the non four to the four percussive patterns. I wanted to create a more experimental EP. So my aim was to take these two simple elements of sine waves and breakbeats, and see which different outcomes I could come up with.
Being brought up in London must have exposed you to the strength of the UK’s electronic scene, particularly techno and jungle. Do you remember a specific moment where these genres in particular caught your attention?
I actually grew up in a small coastal town on the South Coast of England, half an hour drive from Brighton. I moved to London when I was 18 for 6 years. But both Brighton and London inspired me musically. I remember going to illegal raves on the beach in Brighton. Where you’d text an anonymous number, and get sent the address the day of the rave. You’d turn up and have an insane sound system powered by a generator. And people just going crazy. I’m not sure those still even exist! I’ll also never forget seeing Fatboy Slim on Brighton Beach in the summer, around the time of Pride. There were sooo many people there, it was just amazing. London brought even more memorable times. Especially in Fabrics good old days. I’d be split between attending DNB, Dubstep / Breaks nights and techno. It was always special to see Riccardo Villalobos play Fabric. I remember a particular time back in 2009 when they shut the club doors and he played till late in the afternoon – which was quite unheard of in London because of the stricter clubbing laws. I also used to go to Matter, a big club in the o2 arena, Plastic People, Dance Tunnel and Cable; All of which are shut down now!
What did these genres mean to you when you first began entering the dance music scene?
Everything. I drew all of my first ideas from these genres. And I still do.
You caught the attention of Pan-Pot very early in your career – how did that come about? How was it working alongside them and their label for your first few initial releases?
We met in London at a London Warehouse Event and connected instantly. This was when they were still thinking of names for their soon to be record label Second State. I used to go over to Berlin a lot before living here. So on a visit, we met up and I showed them my music. They really liked it and suggested I join Second State. Shortly after this, I decided to make the leap and move over to Berlin to pursue my dream of being a DJ and producer. I’m so grateful for their massive support over the last few years, it means everything to me.
You’ve exploded in the scene since your first release in 2016, what has been some of the best moments in the past 2-3 years?
I think some of the best moments for me have been seeing big names play my music. I still have to pinch myself sometimes as these artists have been my inspiration for years, and it’s so surreal to suddenly seeing them playing my own productions! I had Adam Beyer, 2000 and One and Drumcomplex all playing different tracks of mine at Awakenings festival in Amsterdam a few weeks ago. The sets were filmed so I even got to watch this back and see the moment the crowds went crazy! A really memorable set for me was playing sunrise at Sunwaves festival in Romania, such a unique vibe there and I had a lot of fun after I’d finished playing too!
What have you got planned for the rest of the year?
Lots! I’m heading to the US for Burning Man again this year and have some very exciting shows lined up there that have always been a dream for me to play, and this year my dreams seem to be coming true! Then in September I will be heading back to South America for a two week tour! I can’t wait, my last trip in May was just incredible. I felt a really special connection with the crowd, so I’m intrigued to see if it will be as good the second time round. October I have a busy month in Europe, and will of course be heading to Amsterdam for ADE where I will play the Second State showcase. November and December are yet to be decided. I’m already pumped for 2019 too!
Sines & Breaks is out now via Voight Recordings. Listen to the full release below via the Soundcloud player. Purchase link above.