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Music maker Singer Becky Hill says she only went on The Voice UK to get out of doing A Levels

Singer Becky Hill talks about her experience on The Voice UK, her great time touring with The Script, and why she wants more women to get involved in the dance scene.

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Dancing queen Becky Hill.

Dancing queen Becky Hill.

Dancing queen Becky Hill.

She’s the UK’s ‘queen of dance music’ – and now Becky Hill is hoping that her success will inspire more women to join her in the scene.

Powerhouse singer and songwriter Hill, who shot to fame on the first series of The Voice UK, is such a powerful force in music these days that she gets top billing over ‘the king of dance music’, David Guetta, on their current smash hit, Remember.

A member of the LGBTQ+ community, having recently come out as “queer” – “it’s the most fitting identity for who I am” – Becky says: “It’s a shame really that there aren’t more women filling up more spaces or being singer songwriters in dance music. It’s a very male-led genre and the balance really needs to be brought up.

“I like to feel that I’m bringing some female energy into the space and hopefully it will set a precedent for other women as well that want to excel in that area.”

On a Zoom chat with Magazine+, Becky, who is 27, admits that she only entered The Voice nine years ago to get out of sitting her A Levels – Britain’s equivalent of the Leaving Cert.

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Becky has released her debut album Only Honest on the Weekend.

Becky has released her debut album Only Honest on the Weekend.

Becky has released her debut album Only Honest on the Weekend.

Some people will do anything to skip off school. “I definitely did,” she laughs. “It was the reason (for doing The Voice). I didn’t really second guess it. I went out on a whim, never really took myself too seriously and just had a really good time and a massive laugh…and that’s the kind of thing I carried through my whole career.”

It was always her dream, she says. “I remember growing up wanting to have this pop star job and thinking it isn’t going to be feasible because people like me and the place that I was from don’t do stuff like that.”

However, Becky’s drive to establish herself as a major artist when she got the opportunity hasn’t been an easy ride – she got dropped by her first record label - but she’s been tenacious and hands on in her pursuit of success.

“I love being a businesswoman and always have been,” she says. “And it was really when I got dropped from my first label that I realised the business potential. I set up my own label with my manager. I had all my money that I got from my first record deal to release my own music and do my own music videos and get remixes and artwork, and I went for it.

“By the time I got to Polydor, the label I’m with now, I knew what it took to make an artist, and it takes a lot of money. Me and Polydor are equal partners. They respect me and I respect them. We work equally and it’s a beautiful relationship.

“I kind of love the business side of it, and I think that shocks a lot of people when they hear me talking in a very business way about the industry. But it is a business. I run my own business. I’m a freelance musician technically being employed by Polydor, who are investing in me as an artist and making money out of my music, and so am I.

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Becky's debut album Only Honest on the Weekend.

Becky's debut album Only Honest on the Weekend.

Becky's debut album Only Honest on the Weekend.

“But I never let the business come into my music. That’s very personal and a selfish creation. I love writing music. I also love it when it does very well and I’m successful.”

Becky feels that it’s only through her recent collaboration with superstar French DJ and producer Guetta that she’s finally getting the recognition she craves and deserves.

“He’s a legend in the industry…he’s been making music since I was a child,” she says. “I’m a huge, huge fan of his, and it was really nice to know that that was reciprocated as well by him…to actually want to be a part of my record and be so open about it.

“I kind of feel like I hadn’t really got the respect in the music industry, even though I’ve had MK do a lot of songs with me, I’ve had Wilkinson do a couple of songs with me and Sigala has done a couple of songs with me. They come back and want to work with me again, but I felt that the public hadn’t recognised that until David jumped on my record. Now the public perception is getting a little stronger.”

Becky, who has just released her first album, Only Honest On The Weekend, was on tour with The Script last year when the pandemic suddenly shut down the live entertainment business.

“I love them,” she says. “I first met Danny when I was 18 and he was one of the coaches on The Voice. I was on it for the first season, so I’ve known him for nine years now. It was lovely going on tour with him and it felt like it was a full circle moment.”

Even though it was The Script’s tour, Becky soon had their audiences eating out of her hands.” I think I really gained a few fans from that, so I was very grateful to The Script boys for letting me come along,” she says.

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Becky with The Script.

Becky with The Script.

Becky with The Script.

Although her performances are high energy, Becky says that off stage she initially struggled with fame. “I suffer quite a lot with social anxiety, especially meeting strangers for the first time,” she reveals.

“But I’ve learned not to be afraid of somebody when they approach me. I always smile and say hello and talk to them. Lovely people will always get a lovely reaction.”

She feels lucky to be making a living from a job she adores. “I know that a lot of people would kill to have the job that I do and to get into the industry,” Becky admits.

“I took advantage of the opportunities I was given, and I had the belief. A lot of people don’t believe in themselves and, of course, a lot more don’t get given the right opportunities.

“I’m very appreciative that my parents did jobs that they didn’t necessarily love, just to pay the bills. Now I’m watching both of my parents in their retirement and I see how much happier they are in their relationship and in their life. I think they are great people and I wouldn’t be where I am without them.

“We all still get on like none of this ever happened, although I’ve had to have words with my parents in the past about, ‘guys, can you stop shouting about the fact that my song is playing in this shop, please, because I’m trying to keep my head down here,” she laughs.

Since revealing her sexuality on a Twitter post, Becky says she’s had some hilarious reactions from fans. “Somebody did get their boobs out the other day to me while I was singing on stage,” she tells me.

“The whole thing (coming out) was sparked off by a band saying, ‘It’s Pride season soon, when are you coming out?’ So I think it didn’t really come as a massive shock to anybody. I’m so glad that I did it because I feel that I can really be the camp woman that I always have been, and since coming out I’ve been wearing more sequins and more feathers.”

  • Becky Hill’s album, Only Honest On The Weekend, is out now.

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