We are so excited to interview musician Rebekah Fitch for More Precious today. Rebekah shared so much wisdom on disciplined work and praising God in all you do. Do go and check out her music!
Book on my bedside table: The Screwtape Letters
Coffee order: Americano
Song I listen to on repeat: Sober II (Melodrama) - Lorde
Dream holiday destination: India
Question I'm always asked: “So, now you’ve graduated, what are you doing this year?”
Tell us a little about who you are and what you do
I’m a musician and a songwriter from Belfast, and I’ve just finished studying Music at Durham University. I’m currently in the process of moving back home and this year I’ll be taking a year out to focus on my music – writing, recording, gigging, practising, you name it. I’ve released a few singles to date, and am currently working on an EP, which I’m really excited about – it’s all kind of in the “alternative pop” genre- if that’s a thing!
How did you get into music? What made you decide to start a career in it?
I’ve always loved music – I grew up with my dad playing his music around the house (pre-iPod days…) and learnt instruments from a young age. I also made up dance routines to my favourite songs from about the age of 6 or 7, but let’s not get into that! It was a massive part of my school life, and I was in as many different groups as I could possibly join. I always knew I would love a career in music, it’s every young girl’s dream to be a singer, but it never seems very realistic or doable.
I actually decided to study music at university after doing work experience in things like law and marketing. I just found that nothing else compares to it. I’m a very strong advocate of doing something you love, not something that you’re told you should do because there are lots of jobs in it, or you’ll make a lot of money. If you love what you do enough, you’ll probably find a way to make it work.
What are your highlights? What do you love most about being a musician?
Performing is just amazing, and it’s such a privilege to be able to play songs that I’ve written in front of so many different people who want to listen. You definitely get a real buzz off that! I also love how it brings people together and how it can be such a collaborative thing. Real magic can be made when creative minds get together – it’s definitely a gift from God! I also love how it’s such an amazing way of expressing yourself, you can really see into someone’s mind and heart through their music.
What does your average week look like at the moment?
To be honest, I’m not really sure yet! Since the end of June, I’ve been abroad a couple of times, had friends to visit and led a Scripture Union camp, so I’m definitely not settled into normal life yet! Once all the hectic-ness of summer dies down, I’ll be able to figure out a structure for my week, which will probably consist of writing/practising, being in the studio from time to time, doing a few gigs, having meetings with people and sending lots and LOTS of emails…
What is your motivation to get up and get going each day?
A lot of what I do at the moment is working from home, and so sometimes it can be difficult to get up straight away when there is no specific time or place you have to be. However, we all need to learn to be disciplined, and it helps that I’m getting to do something I love every day. This year, I’m trying very hard to make God my motivation for everything – the music industry is a difficult place, as it is easy to be motivated by earthly things such as money, success or fame, but if I write music for His glory and to bring Him the fame, it will be so much more fulfilling.
I try and make some space for God each morning. I think it’s an amazing way to start your day, getting in the right mind-set and devoting that day to God. I always have time to scroll through Facebook, so why shouldn’t I have time to rest in God’s presence? I find it hard to let go of everything going on in my mind and just be still before God, so this is something I’m still working on!
How do you find routine as an independent musician? Where does God fit into that?
A lot of the time, no one is holding you accountable for how hard you’re working or how much you get done, so it can be a challenge to make your own routine and stick to it. Church and other small groups are regular things that can be a great help in setting aside time for God. It’s also great to have the flexibility to be able to give some of your time to other things, whether that’s in Church, or somewhere else.
How do you go about writing a song? Where do you start?
One of the beautiful things about songwriting is that it is different for everyone, and there’s no right way to do it. I tend to start with the melody, as that comes most naturally to me. Other times I’ve started with a chord progression, or even produced a rhythm and instrumental backing to get the feel of the song before I actually write any of the melody or lyrics, and this can be good if there’s a more specific genre or style you’re trying to write in.
Sometimes I’ll have a lyric-splurge and just try and get everything out on the page, then pick and choose what phrases or words might be good to use. It can sometimes take me months to get lyrics right, especially when you want them to flow naturally but also pack a lot of meaning in.
What is your journey of faith? Have you always known Jesus?
I was very fortunate to grow up in a Christian family, who were very encouraging and open in their faith, so I’ve had great support in my faith, and been to church and Christian events since I was very young. Since going to university, my faith has become fully my own, and I’ve grown in a more personal and independent relationship with God.
How have you learnt to trust God with your decision-making and plans for the future? Has there even been a time this has been particularly difficult?
This is one of the hardest things, because a music career is usually driven by ambition, which can so easily become selfish. I’ve been learning to remember to have perspective – we are only here for a short time and our true home is in heaven, so we should be thinking and acting to build up our treasures there rather than on earth. It’s easy to get caught up in the fast-paced nature of business and earthly success, and it can be hard to not compare yourself to others who are doing the same thing. However, true fulfilment can only come through Jesus and living a life for Him - chasing earthly ambition will never leave you satisfied and so when I’m tempted to live my own way, doing it for myself and not for God, I need to remember that. His reward is greater than anything we could ever achieve in this life.
What has God taught you through music so far?
It is a gift from Him, and so we should use it to honour Him. Everything I can do is because He enables me, and we can worship Him through all sorts of ways, not just through writing explicitly worshipful songs.
A piece of advice for your younger teenage self?
Go for it earlier! Write more songs! Don’t be embarrassed about what you do or thing it’s an unattainable goal.
What advice would you give to someone struggling to know what her gifts and passions are and how to use them for God?
I think when we are younger, it seems as if the only talents you can have are either to be smart, sporty or a music/drama type, and so if you don’t have one of those, you don’t have a “thing”. I’ve spoken to a few people like this, but the gifts and passions God gives us are not limited to these. There are so many other gifts that come from God, maybe they might not seem as obvious, or take longer to develop, but they are just as valuable. We need lots of different parts to make the body of Christ work well, and that might include social work, public speaking, caring for young kids or elderly people, cooking… the list is endless!
Rebekah's new single 'Not Myself' comes out on the 27 October with a launch gig in Belfast. If you're a Northern Ireland reader we highly recommend you check it out!
Find out more at www.rebekahfitch.com