Becky Hill – Believe Me Now Tour
  • Becky Hill

    Becky Hill

    Becky Hill’s second album, ‘Believe Me Now?’ is an effervescent, upli:ing dance record that insists on  credibility but reaches out confidently for its audience without once compromising on authen@city. Lyrics  reflec@ng on love, self-worth, living life and leEng loose sit alongside songs about loneliness, isola@on and  betrayal in a brilliantly empowering way. This wrecking ball of a record is ambi@ous, truly exhilara@ng and paves  the way for a type of dance music where uncompromising produc@on lives harmoniously alongside instantly  cap@va@ng choruses, as witnessed by the Chase & Status-produced, Pla5num-selling single, ‘Disconnect’. 
    HiEng the Top 10, the epically anthemic track perfectly treads the line between the rave and radio. “When I  thought about what had come before now, I realised I was missing a couple of things: specifically, the element  of euphoria but also, I wanted to create a much more mature, sophis<cated level of dance music in this album.  I think ‘Disconnect’ is the perfect example of that.” 
    Powered by Becky’s formidable vocal – which now extends to falseLo since having vocal surgery – ‘Believe Me  Now?’ is the album that will take Becky, already one of the UK’s most successful ar@sts, to a global stage. As  the @tle asserts, it’s @me to believe in Becky. She’s more than proven herself. “This has been a really cathar<c  record to create,” she says. “It was an incredibly direct and quick album to write because for the first <me I  knew exactly what I wanted to say. I’m really proud of this album and of what it says and what it stands for.” 
    Becky’s achievements – both with this album and her career to date – are nothing short of staggering. The  two-5me BRIT Award (2022 & 2023) winning ar5st who recently announced a headline UK and Ireland arena  tour has exceeded 10 billion career streams to date, plus six UK Top 10 hits, as well as a number 1 single.  Becky’s Gold-selling debut album, ‘Only Honest On The Weekend’soared into the Top 10 on its release in 2021 
    and featured the hits ‘Heaven On My Mind’ with Sigala and ‘Remember’ with David GueLa (150 million streams  and coun@ng), who also appeared on the top 5 anthem for female empowerment, ‘Crazy What Love Can Do’.  What makes this more impressive is that Becky has achieved this as a woman in an industry, and in a genre that is far from celebrated for its parity. As the recent report by the Women and Equali@es CommiLee (WEC)  concluded, misogyny in the music industry is “endemic” and Becky has felt that keenly throughout her career. 
    It's meant that Becky hasn’t just knocked the door down; she’s had to blast it if off its hinges. And now she’s  through to the other side, she’s making sure it’s le: wide open for the numerous female, queer and non-binary  crea@ves she con@nues to collaborate with. She has fought to be seen in videos, fought to be freed from the  restraints of being a ‘featured’ ar@st, fought for her credits, awards, sales and streams. Here is someone who  has persistently baLled against an industry telling her she wasn’t good enough, she didn’t belong, she didn’t  deserve success. Yet, despite this – or maybe, because of it – she has created a career that has far exceeded  expecta@ons not only of the industry but even for Becky herself. “There’s been a lot of poli<cs along the way, 
    but I will always use my plaNorm – and my pen! – to confront the bullshit. Yeah, it’s a struggle, and some<mes  I’ve felt exhausted, but the fight has been worth it.”  
    This is overnight success that has been twelve years in the making. 
    Becky, who is from Bewdley in Worcester, was brought up around an eclec@c mix of music. Her parents and  four older siblings filled her ears with pop, Motown, Northern Soul, classic rock, R&B and D&B. At 11 she took  herself to the gym and while on the treadmill began to discover her own tastes, gravita@ng towards house,  dance, trance, happy hardcore, and pop-punk. She began wri@ng songs on her pink guitar at the age of 13; by  16 she was in a band called the Shaking Trees with a “48-year old drummer, a 30-year old scien<st on keys, and  a 26-year old Russian chef on bass”. At 17, looking for a way out of sixth form, she successfully audi@oned for  the BBC talent show The Voice, finishing in the semi-finals. When it was over, she could have gone back to  pulling pints at the Cock and Magpie in Bewdley. Instead, she spent nearly two years diligently honing her skills  as a performer and writer, before signing to a label and co-wri@ng the double pla5num single ‘A*erglow’ for 
    Wilkinson, and, alongside collaborator and friend MNEK, the double pla5num-selling Number 1 ‘Gecko  (Overdrive)’ for Oliver Heldens.  
    Outside of her music, Becky’s cri@cally acclaimed podcast, The Art Of Rave, has just begun its second series  with dream first guest, Fatboy Slim. As well as a hugely successful Ibiza residency, Becky is a favourite at  fes@vals with storming sets at Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, and Manchester’s Parklife, which she will  headline this summer. 
    It was with all this in mind – performance, empowerment, persistence – and on the back of the success of  sales, streams and awards, that Becky, who recently turned 30, began wri@ng ‘Believe Me Now?’ The record  sees her reunite with both longterm collaborators such as Garage icon MJ Cole, MNEK (Dua Lipa, LiLle Mix, Beyoncé), Franky Wah (Jessie Ware), Karen Poole (Sugababes, Lily Allen, Kylie), ScoL Lowe (David GueLa) and Lauren Aquilina (Rina Sawayama). “I gathered the people I’ve become friends with over 12 years of being in the  music industry and told them my deepest, darkest secrets. Together we’ve bought everything to life that I  wanted to say in the way I wanted to say it.” She also began new rela@onships with Chase & Status, PARISI  (Fred Again, Ed Sheeran), Toddla T (Roísín Murphy, Stormzy), producer/ DJ duo Maur, dance music don Mark  Ralph and the chart-topping Jax Jones.  
    Becky knew she wanted to create a deeper dance experience that would be loved by both hardcore heads as  well as more mainstream fans. The playlist she took to producers included club classics such as ‘Hallelujah Anyway’ by Candi Staton, ‘Acapella’ by Kelis and ‘Make A Move On Me’ by Dave Lee. Other references included hits from Eric Prydz, Fedde Le Grande, the Freemasons, Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim and the Shapeshi:er’s  memorable smash ‘Lola’s Theme’. “The mid-oughts were a really special <me for dance music because it was  when it crossed over from being a late 90s underground scene to the charts. I wanted to encapsulate that past  brilliance but keep a sense of the future in mind.” 
    As the @tle ‘Believe Me Now?’ suggests, Becky wanted it to be an album about affirma@on. It’s a challenge not  only to the industry, or to those that have caused her harm, but it’s a statement of asser@on for herself too. She belongs here, she has something to say, and people want, and need, to hear it. 
    The album opens with ‘True Colours’, a deeply personal song about a sexual assault Becky experienced at the  age of 21. It was a difficult @me, but she went to therapy, and later the police which has helped her find some  resolu@on. When it came to wri@ng about the aLack, she wanted to sidestep sadness or vic@mhood; this upbeat, upli:ing song is about empowerment, not enerva@on. “I didn’t want it to be emo<onal and I didn’t  want it to be angry – I’ve had years of therapy to examine that anger and not allow it to inform me, who I am.  It’s a punchy start to the album, and one that sets you up for a new era.” 
    The album takes the listener on a journey from the an@cipatory beginnings of the night, through to the height  of the rave before the hazy hours as dawn rises. It’s a record to party to with friends but also a place for solo  contempla@on too. On the empha@cally trance-led smash, the PARISI produced ‘Outside Of Love’, des@ned to  be a fes@val favourite, Becky lets go of a rela@onship that is making her isolated. “It’s about having an  argument, or a feeling of loneliness with your partner. I love it because it’s this really beau<ful, vulnerable song  but with the amazing, tranc-y beat underneath it.”  
    The hard synths of rave-centric offering ‘Darkest Hour’, co-wriLen with MNEK further considers feelings of  isola@on and uncertainty against a brilliant trancey backdrop. It’s a massive highlight of the album. She forces  despair aside with the transcendingly joyful ‘Never Be Alone’, made with DJ and producer Sonny Fodara.  
    Becky is par@cularly proud of how potent her penwomanship has become. “I’ve never been this mature before.  The songwri<ng has felt a lot more concise; I didn’t want to do meaningless or records that were broad in what 
    they were saying. I wanted them to be quite specific, so it’ll be interes<ng to see how people gravitate towards  them and which people like the most.” 
    You could almost be in ‘90s Berlin as Becky takes a moment for the mostly instrumental, beau@fully  unadulterated hypno@c trance of ‘Linger’. Toddla T takes us back to the mid-aughts with the piano-riff driven  banger ‘Keep Holding On’ as Becky demands more from her partner. ‘MulGply’ is a fantas@c future house track  des@ned to dominate dancefloors all summer and is followed immediately by ‘Swim’, an anthemic trance  banger where Becky reflects on being let down. ‘You used to answer straight away, now you just let it ring/ You  used to wipe my tears away, now you just let me swim.’  
    “My life is in a perfect place now and has been for a while, but I’ve had a pre`y rough ten years, probably  longer. I was so unse`led and turbulent. Now I feel so calm and confident, more than I ever have before. I’ve  come to the place I’ve been dreaming of for a very long <me.” 
    We see this as the pace changes and Becky celebrates her fiancée on ‘Man Of My Dreams’ accompanied by  MJ Cole’s arres@ng piano and the subtle yet sumptuous orchestra@on of The Heritage Orchestra. WriLen  during lockdown with long-5me collaborator Karen Poole, “The lyric – ‘You wrote a heart in the sand, got  down on one knee, leb hand saying will you marry me’ – popped into my head one day, not long aber my  fiancée had proposed. Karen and I got to work and when we got the master though, we were both in tears,  crying! Karen calls us the Bernie and Elton of dance. She does melodies and I do lyrics. I love working with her.” 
    The album closes on a moment of sheer bliss as Chase and Status deliver perfec@on in the form of ‘Right Here’,  a celebra@on of self-love, growth and acceptance. “That’s your big anthemic togetherness moment that I felt was the perfect, warm, fuzzy ending to the album.” 
    Becky has already achieved a huge amount over the past decade, but of course there’s so much more le: to  do. “I’d love my music to be resonated with across the globe. I’ve love to have a longlis<ng, fulfilling ar<st  career that isn’t boundaried by being the young hot stuff on the scene but where I can con<nue to lead and  pave the way for other women, other people wan<ng to do this genre of music. I’d love to have real longevity  in this industry. I feel like some of my goals have aligned but the one that’s remained constant is that I just want  to make great music,” she insists. “She’ll be doing this into her six<es, right? “Oh, trust me, I’ll be raving  forever!”