Our Artist of the Month for February: Becky Sikasa
Between neo soul and indie pop
February is going to be a musical one: our Artist of the Month is Beck Sikasa, singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist. And boy, is there a lot of music with Becky! Vocals, keyboard, guitar, violin – it seems that Becky owns it all and makes it all her own. That’s why she is considered an up-and-coming star in the world of neo soul. But Becky can do more than just neo soul. She is constantly growing her international fanbase with her colourful genre cocktail of neo soul, a pinch of RnB and indie pop. In other words, she has generated a lot of attention outside of Germany. Her lively and colourful music has a certain appeal. She considers James Blake, Sylvan Esso and Bruno Major, among others, to be her musical idols and sources of songwriting inspiration.
Next stop: Pop Academy Edinburgh
Her interest in music started at the young age of 4, when she played the keyboard with her mother. She also took the opportunity to learn to write her own lyrics. Becky includes many of her own experiences and emotions in her music. Her lyrics talk of lovesickness and how she deals with pain. She pours all of her creativity and emotions into her music. This is perhaps also the reason why Becky Sikasa has generated well over 32,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Her next few concerts have been announced and are partly sold out.
Becky has a feel for emotions
Becky Sikasa moved away from home to Scotland, specifically Edinburgh, to Napier University. There she studied pop music and first appeared in 2016 as one half of the German-Scottish duo “Lunir”. The band’s first appearances were in pubs, small cafes, on the radio, as a feature at 1Live, and appearances at international festivals and showcases. During the pandemic, Becky concentrated on her solo career and composing her own and new music. She eventually released her debut singles “Lullaby” and “Keeper” in 2022. Her tracks capture a light, airy mood with Becky questioning her identity, sense of belonging and connection. And as Becky’s Instagram posts demonstrate, her rehearsals are funny and spontaneous.
The new single “Crashing and Fall” was released on 19th January and along with three sold-out headline shows in three countries (England, Scotland und Germany), is really driving her rise. The latest single was picked up by BBC 1Xtra, BBC Introducing and BBC R1’s Chillest Show and the first three tracks of the EP have already been streamed more than half a million times – a fantastic achievement when you consider that they were released by Becky herself on her own label. With so many festival appearances and solo gigs coming up this year, 2024 will be a big year for Becky.
We wish her the best of luck – take a deep breath!
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