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Art & Life with Reggie Becton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Reggie Becton.

Reggie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Where do I begin? I was born in San Diego but raised in PG County Maryland, which is right outside of Washington, D.C. Like most artists, I feel like I’ve been singing my whole life. However, I can remember trying my hand at making my own music around the age of 13.

After a couple of years of working on my confidence and honing my skills while discovering the sounds of artists like Marvin Gaye, Prince, Avant, and Brandy, I wrote a song that led to me signing a development deal with a small independent label in D.C. While there I was mentored by musicians who have written for some of the top voices in R&B, and that helped me develop my skills as a songwriter.

Unfortunately, while I was in college at Temple University located in Philadelphia, PA, the label began to dissolve, and I was back on my own this time looking to develop my personal sound as an artist.

After graduating, I decided to leave Philly. I hopped on a plane with a dollar, a dream, and an air mattress, and set out to the great LA. Being born in San Diego has made me always feel drawn to California and watching reruns of Saved by the Bell: The College Years each morning before school grew my desire to move at a very early age.

Six months into my time in LA, I released my first mixtape titled Timing. I recorded the project while sharing a one-bedroom Airbnb with two close friends. A year and a half later I released my debut EP, Phases. Both projects were self-funded and self-released, and to this day I remain an independent artist.

Since moving to LA, I have earned the opportunity to meet with A&Rs, open for artists like UK soul singer Daley, speak on industry panels, and participate in writing sessions hosted by major labels like Atlantic Records. Currently, I am working on the follow-up to Phases due out later this year.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I would consider my art to be storytelling. My medium of choice is music. My tools are my voice and sound design. I allow my voice to be my biggest instrument and inspiration; in doing so, my projects have become a depiction of my life told through the lens of my experiences at that time. With each full-length project I release, there is a broader message I am trying to covey, a lesson I plan to teach, or an idea I hope to foster. With each of my projects, I hope listeners take away something that can help them get through any situation they are currently going through. Music is a true form of therapy, and I hope my music can be that peace people often search for through sound.

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?
My advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns is to:

Find the balance. Find a job or a source of income that is easy to maintain or that connects to your overall end game or supplements an expense in your life. For instance, if you are spending a great deal of your income on food get a job at a grocery store or as a server; working for a food company normally means free food or a discounted price. If you are struggling with time, get a job that allows you to set your own schedule or has more flexibility like Lyft or substitute teaching that way you can spend more time on your craft.

Find passionate people to build with and who are willing to help you create the art you envision for free or at a low rate. Many of the people I work with are raw, upcoming talent and creative individuals who are very passionate about making music. They’re not in a space where their passions match their reality yet, so they’re willing to work for free or at a discounted rate. Perfect example – one of my really great friends always had the vision to develop a web series, but he always lacked the financial capacity. Through grassroots methods and finding likeminded passionate people, he developed an entire web series with the help of over 60 individuals who each contributed their time for free. Contrary to popular belief, people will work for free when provided an opportunity to work on something they believe in – even in LA.

Find joy in your current struggle. Even in the midst of chaos, there is beauty. Life is nothing, but constant change and adaptation to the decisions you choose to make, which means that you might not always like your circumstances or your choices. However, find joy in the fact that you’re still able to work on your craft and chase your dreams. You’re still able to turn your passion into reality. One thing that helps me stay rooted is the idea that despite my circumstances I have to keep pushing. A quote I live by comes from Joe Budden: “create through it.”

There is beauty in the sleepless nights and the days that feel like they’ll never end. The journey is the best part. Once you’re able to find joy in the hard work, you’ll begin to notice that the omens and signs of everyday life keep you aligned.

It’s all temporary but the lesson to be learned is forever!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My music can be heard on all major streaming platforms: Apple Music, Tidal, SoundCloud, and Spotify. Additionally, I have a few upcoming live performances at The Iron Triangle on June 11th and at an upcoming festival in May that I am really excited about but can’t announce just yet. You can find more information and stay up to date on my performance schedule through my official website: https://reggiebecton.com. You can also stay up to date on releases by subscribing to my YouTube channel Sireginald.

If you’re interested in supporting me and my artistry, of course, you can stream and download my EP Phases, as well as taking time out to come to a show or buying some official ‘Reggie Becton’ merch But, also just showing genuine love. Share your favorite track with a friend or a family member. Give me a shout out on Twitter. I love to interact with my fans, new and old, so also please follow me on all social media platforms at @ReggieBecton and hit me up!

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Priscilla Gomez, Mike Gaeto, Briana Edwards, Devone Monroe, Ronnie Bolden and Davonte Carson

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