Belfast alt-pop artist Rebekah Fitch has released her new single, No Pressure. We asked her the BIG questions . . .

Speaking about the track, she says, "There's an unrelenting sense of needing to prove yourself, make change, be an activist, show your determination and not take no for an answer, but I still sign my emails off with No worries if not, whatever suits you, no pressure!’"

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Rebekah was included in Hot Press and The Thin Air’s 2019 Watch Lists, along with being nominated for Best Emerging Act in the Northern Irish Music Prize. Two more singles and an EP will follow this release.

Tell us three things about yourself . . .

Let’s see… I used to have pink hair, I’m an eldest child, and I’m getting married to a Mexican next year, so I’m learning Spanish!

How would you describe your music?

It’s alt-pop - I love strong melodies, but with really interesting production, new sounds and textures that create a unique world. It ranges lyrically from very emotive to very tongue-in-cheek, but I always want to have a message with every song and write something that people respond and relate to. I also love pushing creative boundaries in my production and creating something cinematic that has a bit of drama to it.

Who are your musical inspirations?

Anyone who has intelligent lyrics that are well-crafted, I have great respect for. Anything immersive that transports me, challenges me, excites me. I’m a real fan of actively listening to music, consciously paying attention to every part of the production, the lyrics, the tone of voice etc. I love artists that create a full world around their music - I’m not a minimalist! Artists who push creative boundaries, like Son Lux, Sigur Rós, Childish Gambino - it’s unusual and sonically provocative.

What was the first gig you ever went to?

I think… it was Bryan Adams? I went with my dad to the Odyssey Arena (now the SSE) in Belfast, wearing entirely red and black because that’s exclusively what I wore when I was 11. My dad made me do my homework before (ie learning all the Bryan Adams songs) so I could sing along to everything. It was awesome! We still go to concerts together, he has good taste.

What was the first record you ever bought?

I remember eagerly waiting for the first Girls Aloud single to come out - I was probably six or seven? It seems crazy to think of buying physical singles now, but I definitely rinsed that disc, perfecting the dance routine with my friends.

What’s your favourite song right now?

I’m learning about a lot more about Latino music and Latino artists right now, which is so new for me. One song that means a lot to me is Privilegio by Emmanuel. It’s such a stunning love song - which usually is not my thing at all, but this one is special. And as my Spanish gets better, I understand more and more of the lyrics, so it just keeps getting better!

Favourite lyric of all time?

I love the line, "They judge me like a picture book, by the colours, like they forgot to read", in Brooklyn Baby by Lana Del Rey. It’s such a powerful way of voicing frustration at people making judgements around what they first see of you, what’s on the surface, especially as a female artist. By basing all your assumptions on what you initially see, you miss uncovering the wealth of depth and detail that someone brings.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Tough one, you don’t want to ruin a song you love by over-listening, but I’d have to say So Will I by Hillsong. It’s so profound, it blows my mind every time I listen to it, and it manages to fit in the whole story of the universe and the meaning of life. Hard to beat that.

Where can people find your music/more information?

All the usual places! Connect with me on Instagram, send me a message! It’s @rebekahfitch - I’m also on Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music. Just search Rebekah Fitch! My website is here. I’d love to hear from you. When you create something, it’s truly amazing to hear how people respond to it.