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Art & Life with Beck Pete

Today we’d like to introduce you to Beck Pete.

Beck, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
It’s interesting to be asked about my “story” because since I stopped being the freshest meat here in LA, and stopped casually going on Tinder dates to feel good about myself, I haven’t really touched on it. I guess my story is that I followed the route that everyone tells you to– “go to school, graduate, get a job, blah blah”– and worked a full-time job in advertising ~ anywhere from 40-60 hours a week for about 2 years. I like to be good at things. I was good at it.

That wasn’t enough. Music was, and always has been. So, since this story is intended to be brief, once I realized that I was miserable and that music was the only thing, I quit my job, I cut all of my hair off and I moved to Los Angeles. I made a choice to stop making decisions out of fear. I still check myself on that every day. Then as I started actually living my life and feeling real feelings, I realized that I had something to say. That’s when it all clicked for me. I am meant to be an artist. I am meant to write songs every day and sing them for people. That’s pretty damn cool.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
In a world where strength is encouraged, and expression of feeling has been painted as the opposite of strength, I’m over here arguing that one cannot exist without the other.

There is this idea that we always have to be “okay,” or that we will not be well-received. It is my opinion that we are strongest when we are honest with ourselves, and with others. I know that I can offer all of those things in tandem that to the world–Vulnerability. Honesty. Strength.

Hopefully, that will be the story that others tell about me one day. For now, that is the story I tell about myself. That is why I’m here and that is why I do what I do. To serve as a reminder of how important those things are.

In the future, I plan to continue releasing songs that showcase and facilitate communication about the sides of love and the human condition that others often avoid. The only way that we will move forward in any capacity is to normalize uncomfortable situations. We need to normalize communication.

Normalize feeling. Normalize heartbreak. I’ve had a lot of that (feeling and heartbreak) and I will just keep on sharing and hopefully making you cry until it’s normal to feel things.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
HAHA! I honestly don’t know how to answer this question. You just have to work hard. Work long hours. Be okay with forced minimalism. There will always be distractions, and I have found that it is better for me to find a source of supplemental income outside of the music world to keep me afloat so that I’m not doing musical things that I despise that lead me to hate music. If you want it enough, though, you will make it happen. Always. Regardless of financial challenges.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am most active on Instagram, honestly, and I feel like that’s where people can actually kind of MEET me virtually.

I’m on all of the things, though! Spotify, Apple Music, the works. If anyone is in Los Angeles, they can come to my shows and THAT means the world to me. I post all of my shows on my website.

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Image Credit:
Angela So, Robert Saxe

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