Bec Laughton’s nickname, apparently, is ‘Lion Lungs’. No prizes for guessing why.
Bec’s powerful voice has taken her from sunny Brisbane to the Independent Music Awards in New York, to Texas for SXSW, and all over the Australian festival circuit. Her latest EP, M&R, was released this month, and the title track took out a 2014 Queensland Music Award. A product of her many, varied influences, M&R showcases Bec’s gentle R&B balladry, as well as her jubilant, toe-tapping/knee-slapping tendencies.
Not too long ago, Bec stopped by Backyard Opera to have a chat, and to put together a banging soundtrack for your Sunday.
Hey, Bec Laughton. What’s your proudest moment?
One of my proudest moments was meeting a young fan who had saved up all her pocket money for four weeks to buy my EP. Then her and her brothers sang one of my songs and knew not only every single word, but every single vocal run I had done on the recording! It was really humbling, and made me realise the power that music has to influence young lives.
What do you do with yourself when you’re not singing?
In the small window I have where I’m not singing I play the drums, do acrobatics and play volleyball! I love volleyball. And handstands. And the drums. Haha.
Your latest EP, M&R, is a bit of a rollercoaster; the change in tone between the jubilant title track and ‘Number One (Heartbreak)’, for example, is incredible. Was the EP always intended to have such diversity, or was that just where the tracks ended up?
I always like to look at life from all angles and I think because of this, my music has always had heaps of diversity to it. I like to be the life of the party, but I equally enjoy being alone and the sound of silence. I also like heaps of different styles of music, from reggae to French house, so my music always features a variety of flavours.
How did the Tyler Touché and YesYou remixes come about?
Tyler Touché and I actually went to the same high school, though I had finished by the time he started going through. When I heard that a Triple J Unearthed High finalist was from my school I checked him out, and loved it. His mum came up to me after a show of mine, telling me how much he liked my music too! So I got his number and the rest is history! YesYou heard my track ‘Gonna Love You’ on SoundCloud and hit me up to do a remix – such an honour! Those guys are mad fun!
Would you (pretty please) tell us a little about the tunes you’ve chosen today?
I’ve chosen the first 9 tracks that came to mind. A really random mix of epic local artists, chart toppers and off the beaten path wonders. From R&B to dance to gospel to folk, all hold some gold. Starting and finishing with one of my favourite local artists, who is one of the best I’ve come across on this planet, Jordan Rakei.