Beth George, a London based alternative pop artist, announces her next single ‘Opaque Skies’, an electrifying lead track for an upcoming LP. Since captivating new fans during her low-key lockdown release, this single amplifies her established sound whilst maintaining her organic roots as a classical pianist with influences from the likes of Banks, Sampha, Jack Garratt, Massive Attack and Lorde. Amongst the ambience and fierce production, the song portrays a very apt message expressing hope within the chaotic mind which is the overall theme for part one of her upcoming LP. “MINDIFIELDS: I” is the first of three EP’s with the final project to be released in April 2021.
What inspired you to begin a career in music?
I’ve always loved creative writing and singing, I remember writing a poem in all my birthday and Christmas cards that I sent out to family. Then as soon as I started learning piano I fell in love with songwriting, my early inspirations being Eva Cassidy & Alicia Keys.
What differs you and your sound from other upcoming artists in the music industry?
I think it’s hard to put my music as a whole into a genre because with every song I take a different approach and my influences change all the time. I think it’s very easy to try and fit into a genre and use references to make your music sound like another artist but I try not to do that which gives every song its own character and genre. With my writing I try to be as creative as I can with lyrics whilst still getting the right message across, I just try and find ways to say things that haven’t been said in the same way before.
Your latest release ‘Opaque Skies’ is out now! Can you please describe the creative process and explain the inspiration behind the single?
So this one has been a long time coming as I wrote this a few years ago at uni, whilst reflecting on a really isolating time in my life and finally coming out the other side. I had a piano riff going round for a while which is my normal process and eventually the melody came to me with the opening lines. At the time I wasn’t sure what they meant to me but then as I dug deeper into them I realised I was subconsciously trying to let go and open up but my mind was stopping me. When I write melodies I try not to stray too far from the initial one because I feel like that instinctual idea is normally the best. The chorus lyric “Opaque Skies” refers to the entrapment of my mind, not being able to see or think clearly, whether it be a ceiling I was staring at or dark clouds that followed me even on the brightest of days.
In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?
I think this would have to be Leaning On because it was not only emotionally meaningful to me but also in terms of my music and what direction I wanted to go as an artist…it was my first release will always hold a special place in my heart.
Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as a musician, when you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?
Definitely listening to my favourite artists is my go to when I need a boost…it’s recently been “Figment Of My Mind” by Bruno Major that inspires me to write…I think it’s the chords and the feeling of the song that just moves me so much! Every song that moves me inspires me to write and make other people feel the same way.
Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?
Not necessarily a place but the feeling I get when I hear from people that enjoy my music is just the best, whether it be a little Instagram message from someone that’s discovered me or a new Spotify follower…they’re all wow moments for me and the reaction to Isolation Tapes has definitely been a wow moment for me this year.
What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?
To enjoy the process…it’s so easy to fixate on goals and getting the job done, but I really believe if you love what you do and are committed, things will naturally fall into place. Also not to take on opinion as gospel, I’m still getting my head around this one because I really value people’s opinions but I’m learning to trust my own!
What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?
At the moment I’m focusing on releasing the upcoming project and just writing the best music I can so I can keep releasing! A tour would also be on the cards eventually!
Did you learn any new skills during lockdown?
How to keep a rescue Doberman puppy entertained with only 1 walk a day is definitely a skill I’ve had to learn…and am yet to master.
Anything else you would like to add?
Just that I’m so excited to share new music & am so grateful for everyone that listens!!
‘Opaque Skies’ is available now via all major platforms.
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