It’s always fun to get new music for us at the editorial office and even more fun when we get the chance to get to know the artist more! We got the chance with New Fresh Music to interview LA based artist Beck Medina!
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in California, and have been living in LA since 2011.
Who are your biggest artistic influences?
I love Olivia Rodrigo’s new album. Liz Phair is an all-time favorite. Right now, I listen to a lot of K-pop. Zerobaseone, Enhypen, TXT, Stray Kids. I like boy groups a lot. I’m really inspired by their hard work and dedication, their commitment to their fans. I often study what they do both musically and in their performances. I always study song lyrics, too. I’m still heavily influenced by the music I listened to as a kid – All-American Rejects, Cute is What We Aim For, Blink-182.
Tell me about how your creation part begins, and how is your workflow.
I usually come up with a concept first, then I browse instrumentals to find the one they matches the vibe of what I want to create. When I made my song “Dance,” I felt an instant connection to the instrumental. An entire vision of a whirlwind summer romance played out in my head. Once I feel that internal, “yes, this is it,” I bring the instrumental and concept to my co-songwriter Platon Emil and he helps me come up with a melody. From there, we go back and forth with writing lyrics. He records the demo and his backing vocals are always featured in the songs. I love his voice and want it to remain included in the finished product. Because it’s all done virtually, including my collaboration with my engineer, it usually takes 1-2 months to complete a song. I enjoy collaborating, but I’d like to learn how to professionally do more on my own to challenge myself to make more music within the same time frame.
Where do you find inspiration?
I’m a very emotional person so I’m easily inspired by just about everything. Of course, things that go on in my own life inspire me. Whether it’s just a daydream I’m longing to experience or something that actually happened to me. I try to jot lyrics down whenever they come to me or I sit down and write a poem to try to make sense of the way I’m feeling.
When is your favorite time of day to create your music?
This isn’t a mandatory process for me, but I love creating when the rest of the world is asleep. It feels like only me and my cats exist on our own little planet lol. I’m a fiction author, so I used to wake up at 4am and work on my manuscripts while it was still dark out. So cathartic. I need to adjust my rep schedule so I can have that routine back – I’m currently a night owl.
Describe how art is essential to society nowadays
Regardless of our individual histories, we all share the same range of feelings. To me, that’s the most beautiful aspect of art. There’s always going to be something for everyone. It has the power to bring the world together through universal emotions and experiences.
What motivates you to create?
I believe if you’re creating consistently, you open yourself up to the inspiration of the Universe. I’m always creating because I have to meet tight deadlines as an author. That helps a lot and has built a lot of discipline for me as a songwriter and a creative.
How do you define success as a music artist?
If you’re making the kind of music you genuinely want to make and it connects with the people who need to hear it the most, that’s a success. Also being really grateful and good to the people who take time out of your day to listen to your music. Never forgetting that people are giving you their time and energy is significant.
Does art help you in other areas of your life?
Art helps me with anxiety, focus, and getting a boost of energy. Maybe because I’m an auditory person, so the noise both wakes me up and soothes me. It also helps me process my own emotions. If I’m going through something – good or bad – I try to watch and listen to things that are similar to how I feel so I can move through it.
How do you develop your art skills?
Putting my work out into the world and getting feedback helps me the most. I’ve “failed” a lot in front of people, but it’s thickened my skin and made me a very resilient and confident person with a lot of experience under my belt. I’m really proud of the fact that I believe in my inevitable success and will put myself out there.
What is your next move?
I’m currently working on my next set of songs. They’ll have more of a dark/winter vibe to them. I have more confidence what I can do with my voice, so I’m looking forward to pushing myself vocally.
Where will we see you in 5 years?
I try not to think that far ahead. At least not with specifics. Five years ago, I wouldn’t have believed you if you told me I would be releasing music. I’d like to just continue to commit to being the best version of myself. My biggest goal is to never become complacent.
LISTEN TO ALL MUSIC FROM BECK MEDIAN ON SPOTIFY