Interview: Beth Sherburn

Charlotte Maxwell

Charlotte Maxwell is a Vada Magazine staff writer.

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Beth Sherburn has already been making her presence felt as a headliner at pride in Birmingham, Manchester and London. Beth has been at work recording her new EP, co-written with Chelcee Grimes (Kylie Minogue, The Saturdays), and will be exclusively performing her new material to fans on her tour dates in Glasgow and Birmingham next month.

Beth has also performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the UK, including the Wembley Arena and outdoors in Trafalgar Square.

Beth took a moment to catch up with Vada Magazine about her music, her influences and her future.

Vada Magazine: Are there any venues/cities that you’re particularly looking forward to playing?

Beth: I’m really looking forward to performing in all the cities! It’s great to meet my fans again and to share my new material!

I can’t wait for everyone to hear my EP and I can’t wait to get on the road again!

How would you describe your music journey so far?

It’s been a gradual journey, really! I knew I wanted to pursue a career in music from the age of 6! It’s what’s I’ve always wanted to do.

I’ve always worked hard studying music, going to local gigs for inspiration to write material, having singing lessons and getting involved in as many national competitions as possible! I performed in musicals (Don Quioxte) starring alongside George Costigan and Matthew Kelly. I attended gospel choirs and writing workshops, as well as performing at many world-class venues such as The Royal Albert Hall and Manchester Arena.

It’s been an amazing journey so far for me.

You’ve also supported The Saturdays on tour. What kind of reception did you receive?

The reception was fantastic! The Saturdays was an amazing experience for me. It was so amazing to perform my original material on stage. Performing at Wembley Arena really was a dream come true.

How did you feel about supporting the girls?

I was so excited. I love The Saturdays – I think they’re great! They were all so lovely and Molly always gave me good advice when on tour.

You’ve been performing all over the UK and getting some great media coverage. What has been your performance highlight to date?

Wembley Arena definitely was an amazing experience for me. I also loved performing at London Pride on the Main Stage in front of 20,000 people!

You’re very active on Instagram and Lorraine Kelly has showed her support on Twitter. What’s the best social media platform for us to get to know you outside of the music?

I am very active on all of my social media networks. I also have my website, bethsherburn.com, and I also like to meet the fans when I am performing on tour.

Your new single, ‘YOLO’, will be released soon. What was the inspiration behind the track?

One word sums this song up for me…YOUNG! It feels like you’re on a roller coaster whilst listening to YOLO!

There’s so much going on in this track and that’s what life is all about. ‘YOLO’ relates to everyone. YOLO is about creating amazing memories with friends, finding love and having fun.

Do you think it’ll have similar success to ‘Joker’ ft. Lil Wayne?

I hope so! I’ve had great reviews so far with ‘YOLO’, so fingers crossed. The support I have from my fans is amazing; I can’t thank them enough. I’m also excited for everyone to watch the ‘YOLO’ music video!

Collaborating with Lil Wayne must have been a great experience. Are there any other artists you would like to collaborate with on future tracks?

I would love to collaborate with Beyonce – she’s the ultimate diva! The energy she creates onstage is incredible.

I would love to work with Ed Sheeran. I think he is a fantastic songwriter and he seems such a genuine person.

You’ve been in the studio recording your new EP. What can we expect from that?

My sound has definitely matured – I have grown as an artist!

I like to be really descriptive when writing. I have pushed myself and this is because I have been experimenting more in the studio. I have been more involved in the production side of my music and I have loved it!

I’ve loved working on this EP. I wanted to raise the bar.

I’ve added more flavour into my music, filled with cool catchy hooks. I have taken my time this time around; it’s been more of a natural process for me.

I’ve listened to a lot of natural, different, quirky elements of sound and this reflects in my material.

Following your upcoming tour and releases, what’s next in the pipeline?

Hopefully, I will be performing at a few festivals later this year.  I also want to carry on writing and working with some fantastically talented producers.

Beth Sherburn will be performing at Audio, Glasgow on 30 March and at The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham on 10 April.

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