BestFan blogger Ashley Fisher had the chance to chat with 17-year-old rapper/singer Becky G over the phone. Becky talks about how she feels when she hears her songs on the radio, the advice she’d give to her younger self, when we can expect new music from her and more! Check out the full interview below.
Ashley Fisher: Hi Becky! Thank you so much for speaking with me today!
Becky G: No, thank you for taking the time!
AF: My first question for you is kind of BestFan’s signature question and that’s who or what are you a “best fan” of?
BG: Does it have to be music (laughs)?
AF: It can be anything you want!
BG: Food! I think people are pretty surprised when they go out to eat with me and they see how much I can eat and all the different kinds of things that I eat.
AF: What’s your favorite kind of food?
BG: To be honest, it’s kinda hard to choose! I like anything spicy!
AF: Awesome! Let’s talk about your single “Shower.” It was released back in April and has been such a huge hit. How did it feel to have it land on the Billboard Hot 100 chart?
BG: It’s honestly pretty crazy to me because it’s all part of the dream actually happening, you know? It’s one thing to be an artist and make music, but once it’s starting to be heard all around the world – and your Twitter is blowing up by people in Japan and in Germany and in Canada and all these different places – it’s so surreal. For people to be listening to it…not even just listening to it, but buying it too, you know what I mean? Nowadays it’s so hard to really sell music. And for people to actually connect to it and wanna buy it on iTunes and put it on their phones and listen to it all the time, it’s crazy!
AF: What has the response from fans been like?
BG: It’s so incredible! I’ve had some pretty amazing encounters with fans, especially lately. I’ve been getting recognized more and more, obviously with the help of a song that’s been playing on the radio a lot (laughs). Fans are just so dedicated. I call them Beasters, I don’t even call them fans. My Beasters are so dedicated. They know things about me that I didn’t even know about myself (laughs). I think the most crazy encounters I have with them is where I meet them and they start crying! That feeling to me is just so insane because it’s like “Why are you crying?” And then I think about how I would feel if I was meeting somebody that I was a fan of. I mean, that’s kind of how I felt working with JLo so then I correct myself and I’m like, “Okay, it’s okay to cry!”
AF: I know that you can’t give away too much, but what can you tell us about your upcoming album?
BG: The upcoming album…I was actually listening to all the songs yesterday and I’m just so excited! I’m just gonna say be ready for more good songs with good stories. Being a writer, it’s so important for me to just tell a good story because I feel like there’s nothing better than a song with substance or a vibe that’s fun. And, you know, there’s some songs that are out there that don’t have substance but are still crazy catchy and crazy good. So I definitely have some of those, too. You can just look forward to a good album – something that’s gonna make you feel a bunch of feelings. You’re gonna wanna dance and you’re gonna wanna cry. It’s a mix.
AF: When can we expect the album to be released?
BG: When it’s out, it’s out. I want it out as soon as possible, for sure. I feel like I’ve been working on this album…I mean, I got signed at such a young age and now I’m gonna be 18. I think the most important thing is timing and also making sure it’s perfect. And I want my songs to be something that’s not just for now but that people can listen to two years from now, five years from now, and be like, “Wow, this is a great song! I remember when this came out!” So, I just want it to be perfect. So until it’s perfect…. It’ll be out…maybe closer to end of this year, top of next year.
AF: And speaking of being signed at such a young age, you were signed to Dr. Luke as a songwriter when you were 14. What have you learned over the years from working with him?
BG: I tell people all the time, the one thing that I’ve learned is patience. I’ve learned so much being around just the whole camp, all his producers and other songwriters – it’s always one big family and they’re all so caring. They all really love what they do but they all have different work ethics and I like to pick up on a lot of the techniques that they use and learn a lot about myself there in the process. Especially from Luke, I’ve learned about patience because sometimes when you’re making a song, you just want to get it done and you’re excited about it. But the most important thing is to take your time on it, take a few days on it – even if you finish it in one day, listen to it the next day with fresh ears – and that’s when you’ll really be able to hear it from a different perspective rather than, “Oh, this is so great!” or “This is so terrible!” So definitely just to have patience.
AF: That’s definitely a good lesson. Now, I want to ask you about touring. You’re about to be very busy opening up for Demi Lovato and Jason Derulo and even playing some dates on Katy Perry’s tour. How excited are you to get back out on the road and what can fans expect from your performances during these tours?
BG: I’m all about having a party on stage and encouraging the audience to party with me because I have so much fun when I’m on stage and I love being up there so much. I mean, for me, it’s kind of therapeutic because it doesn’t matter how tired I am from driving from the next city, or how many interviews I had to do before going on stage, or how hungry I am…I just go on stage and I forget about everything. I live in that moment and I’m just happy and I’m smiling and looking at people in the eyes and entertaining them. That, to me, is such an incredible feeling and I think people can really see that I love it so much, so it’s kind of contagious. Also, you know, for music, I’m going to be performing a new song on tour with Demi and then more and more new music with Katy and the same with Jason Derulo. People can just expect new music and a good time!
AF: Do you have any sort of backstage rituals or things that you like to do before you get out on stage?
BG: Honestly…I want to say yes. I do vocal warm-ups and stuff, but also, another thing is…I don’t like to think about it too much because I like for every show to be a little different and as natural as possible. I feel like people can tell…like me, as an artist, I can tell when something looks like…I guess you’d say manufactured. You know what I mean? Not genuine. Like they’re just hitting it and quitting it, next city. And for me, I love being on stage so I just take it and I hang out with my dancers – we listen to music, we talk about whatever. I’m tweeting on social media, talking to fans. And then I just run on stage and I just have a good time.
AF: Speaking of tweeting, what’s your favourite part about using social media to connect with fans?
BG: Favourite part for me? I think it’s just overall…everything in general. I mean, the internet changed my life, you know? I got discovered off of YouTube and I wouldn’t be where am I today without that and also with social media and the fact that I can connect with people around the world. I mean, now, having my Beasters community and family – my fans – it’s insane because they’re so dedicated! And these are people that I’ve never met before and I feel like I know. These people are family to me. They are helping change my life and that, to me, is just so incredible.
AF: Going back to your start on YouTube, knowing what you know now about the music industry, what advice would you give to yourself when you were just starting out and still making those videos?
BG: I would tell myself to just hang in there and you may go through a lot of “no’s” but eventually you’re gonna get to that one person that believes in you just as much as you believe in yourself. For me, those people were my team: Dr. Luke, The JAM, my management. These are all people who saw what I saw for myself. So I would just tell myself to hang in there. Me and my parents went through a lot. A lot. Me and my mom always talk about growing up…we would, as we called it, eat our “meals on wheels” ‘cuz we were always driving around to this audition and the next studio session. My siblings making sacrifices of hanging out at Grandma’s ‘cuz there was nobody to babysit them, and Dad taking another shift to make a little bit more money because we were living in my grandparent’s converted garage and it was a tough time.
AF: Did you ever think you would achieve all the success that you have?
BG: I definitely thought about and dreamed about it when I was younger and I saw myself doing it. But it still doesn’t take away from what I’m feeling right now…it’s still so surreal. I guess I can say I definitely saw myself doing it, but I never in a million years thought it would happen – and happen this quickly – and that it would be this amazing!
AF: Do you remember how you felt the first time you heard one of your songs on the radio?
BG: Yeah I remember! Of course! Every single time that I hear it, it’s like the first time to be honest because it’s so new to me. I don’t think it’ll ever get old. A lot of people that I know that are big artists say that it’s not gonna ever, really. It’s a great feeling ‘cuz it’s all part of it coming true.
AF: For someone who has never listened to your music, how would you describe your sound to them?
BG: My sound is…I guess you’d say urban, but still pop. It’s contagious and fun and very eventful, I guess, in the lyrics. You can always expect a good story. Whether there’s substance to it or not, it’s always gonna be catchy, it’s always gonna be fun and it’s always gonna make you feel some type of way.
AF: Awesome! Now, I know that you love JLo, but who would say is your biggest musical influence aside from her?
BG: Aside from JLo? Oh, that’s hard (laughs)! Her for sure just because, my whole life…Selena was my life. The movie and Selena Quintanilla. And Fly Girls…In Living Color. I loved that growing up. And everything about her was just…she’s an entertainer. She is more than just a singer and that’s what I saw myself doing. Also, just overall…Shakira, for sure. I remember being like 7 years old when “Hips Don’t Lie” came out and I was so crazy about it.
AF: I also have to ask you about CoverGirl. You are the youngest CoverGirl the brand has ever had. How does that feel and how did that collaboration come about?
BG: Being a CoverGirl is honestly one of the most incredible things ever because not everybody gets to say, “Hey! I’m an easy, breezy, beautiful CoverGirl!” And, you know, you grow up watching America’s Next Top Model and seeing Ellen DeGeneres and Queen Latifah on the TV saying that and now to be able to say that I’m one of them…it’s just insane!
AF: My last question for you is when can we expect a new single?
BG: Very soon! Probably even within the next two weeks. I’m going on tour with Demi – I leave Saturday – and I’m gonna be performing new music. It’s more, for me, just making sure that it’s the right choice. ‘Cuz we have so many songs…it’s not a matter of, “Oh, do we have the next single?” I know we have it, it’s just which one is it gonna be? It’ll be out soon, though!
AF: Can you give us a little taste of what it might sound like?
BG: A little taste of what it might sound like…it’s gonna have the same energy as “Shower.” I feel like “Shower” was really contagious and it’ll be the same feel and it’ll give you the same feeling.
AF: Sounds great! Thank you again so much for speaking with me!
BG: Thank you for taking the time!
Becky G is gearing up to head out on not one, not two, but three tours this fall (opening up for Demi Lovato on her Demi World Tour, Jason Derulo on his Talk Dirty Tour and Katy Perry on her Prismatic Tour, respectively) and will be releasing her debut album sometime later this year or early next year.
In the meantime, make sure to check out the music video for her hit single “Shower” below:
(Photo via Becky G’s Facebook)