Interview: Bebe Black
From the moment we first listened to I’ll Wait by Camden-via-Bow-via-Dorset’s Bebe Black we could hear a distinct buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing noise in the background. This wasn’t from the sound recording itself, but from the imminent flurry of music industry bods activating themselves and closing in on the young singer-songwriter with great haste. Previously performing under the name Bebe & Paulo, her music was first given recognition via last years Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent competition, at which point organiser and world’s most renowned dairy farmer Michael Eavis was left both greatly impressed and somewhat aroused with the band’s then-rockabilly blues musical stylings. Now emerging once more, this time armed with songs that would give the likes of Florence (and her machine), Adele and Paloma Faith a pretty good run for their money, Bebe kindly took the time to chat to us about…stuff.
Could you introduce yourself for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?
Dear Killing Moon,
I am 22 years old. My hair is blonde. I have a pet hamster. My favourite colour is red. I am a singer and also a songwriter. I like roses, lilies and the first daffodils of spring.
Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?
When Jessie J releases her album – that will be my favourite. She can sing the birds from the trees.
Bebe Black – “I’ll Wait”
Bebe Black – “Railway Station”
Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?
I heard my god-daughter’s school play was terrific this year, but unfortunately I couldn’t make it.
If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?
My boyfriend. I don’t get to see him much, so I think he’d appreciate it.
[KM: We couldn’t find a picture of your boyfriend unfortunately, Bebe. However, we google-imaged “Mooning your boyfriend” and, amongst other intriguing images, found this beauty which we think you’d approve of]
You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?
I would prefer everyone involved in said killing to be quiet for a moment to think about what they’re doing. I wouldn’t want to antagonise the situation with a poor song choice.
[KM: Fair play, Bebe. Your casual side-stepping in terms of answering this question properly simply meant we had to think of something appropriate ourselves, based on our in-depth knowledge of your personal music tastes. We believe this little gem is capable of diffusing any number of hostile and/or combat situations. Enjoy]
Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?
Killing In The Name Of, every time.
Bebe Black plays the Lock Tavern on 13th February, supporting Tribes.