n the weeks before being introduced to BEXLEY, I had been thinking that there has a tremendous dearth in the number of solo female artists specializing in rock n roll lately. These days, it seems like a woman's place in music is limited to lilting indie folk, being an over-eager, over-emoting contestant on THE VOICE or being a garden variety pop tart. I miss the days when women like PAT BENATAR where issuing bombastic rock n roll that was celebratory and confident and didn't resort to victimhood. Now, I can thankfully count the Seattle-born rocker BEXLEY as a female artist going against the grain of what is expected of women with a microphone and - god forbid - an electric guitar! The young lady is no stranger to a live stage, and has made her presence known since she was ten years old performing at talent shows. Nurtured by the grunge capital of the world, BEXLEY found her voice and her purr instantaneously and there was no looking back. Her latest single is the headbanging RUN RABBIT RUN and all we cane say is we're in this woman's corner. The single precedes the release of her forthcoming EP LOST IN THE MOMENT which is due out January 18, 2019. ROCKWIRED had a chance to speak with BEXLEY regarding the new single and forthcoming EP. Here is how the interview went.
You've got an EP LOST IN THE MOMENT coming out in the beginning of the new year, but in the meantime, you've had this single RUN RABBIT RUN out there for a few months. So far, have there been any reactions to the single that have surprised you?
I think I've gotten a pretty good reaction from people that have followed me before. I'm really surprised by the stream count on SPOTIFY. I didn't see that coming. It think we're over twenty-two thousand streams in a month. That's good for me. People really like the new sound. I used to do heavier music and it was a pretty cool reaction to have so many people into it. I haven't gotten any bad reactions yet.
RUN RABBIT RUN also comes with a music video. Who did you work with in putting that together?
I actually put it together my self with my guitar player and his family up in Canada. We were visiting them and his friends from his old band loved my music and we were jamming the new song and they were like "Why don't we make a music video?" So we went out on his driveway because they live out in the middle of nowhere, and it looks like the forest that you see in the video. His friend had a really cool video camera and we shot the video. It all took about two hours in total.
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From your perspective, why was RUN RABBIT RUN earmarked as the single?
I think it was the single because it falls in the middle. There are five songs on the EP. RUN RABBIT RUN is in the middle as far as how the sounds range. There are some songs that are a little more alternative and there are two other songs that are a little heavier and RUN RABBIT RUN is right in the middle. It has that punchy chorus and the bridge is really laid back and "alternative". I thought it was a good song that encompasses the whole thing.
And with the release date of the EP looming on the horizon, what is going through your head? How anxious are you about the release?
I'm just hoping that people really like the songs. It's been good so far with RUN RABBIT RUN. The EP is coming out in a month and I'm really excited! I love the songs! I've never been more proud of anything that I've done. I played everything on this EP minus the drums. Unfortunately, I'm not a drummer. I was really proud of myself for playing everything else. It's very uniquely me and I'm very excited to hear everybody's reaction.
Who all did you work with in terms of production for this forthcoming EP?
I worked with a producer and songwriter named AARON EDWARDS. I met him a couple of years ago and we started writing these songs. I would come to him with an idea and he would help me expand on it. We wrote the songs together fairly easy. We're both from the Pacific Northwest so we both have that same kind of love for that sort of vibe of music. It worked really well.
You grew up in ground zero when it comes to grunge and what is known as the Seattle sound. Was that the kind of music that got you going creatively in the first place, or was it something else?
When I was very young, I listened to THE BEATLES and then, as I got older, I started listening to bands like ALICE IN CHAINS and SOUNDGARDEN. Those bands became my biggest inspirations. I don't know why, but I gravitated toward hard rock and grunge. That was the type of stuff that I liked writing. It just really spoke to me. I've always been that way.
And what got songwriting going for you in the first place. How did all of that begin?
I used to sing along to karaoke tracks when I was really young - like ten years old. That was the way that I used to perform at talent shows and things like that. When I got to the age of thirteen, I wanted to not sing along to a CD anymore, so I picked up the guitar that was in my house and tried to teach myself a couple of my favorite songs at the time. That was how I figured out that I could sing and play guitar at the same time and then I started figuring out different chords and stringing them together and then singing over it. That was kind of how I started writing songs.
What was it like making your presence known in Seattle scene? Was it supportive? Was it indifferent? You tell me.
I was welcomed with opened arms there. I don't know why, but people there just love seeing other people revive what was once in Seattle. So when I got up there and started playing rock music and grunge music, people loved it. It was like this huge community of people that would support me and come out to every show. It was really cool being in that kind of community.
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Eventually you moved to Los Angeles. Did you need a change in weather or was it motivated by more musical opportunity?
Yeah, I kind of hated the weather in Seattle. That was one thing. I met a producer down here and I realized that it's a bigger pond down here in LA. Everybody comes down to LA to pursue their dream. I had done a lot in Seattle but there were more people in LA that I could connect with, so that was why I made the move.
And thematically, where do these songs come from? What inspired them?
They come from my outlook on the world. RUN RABBIT RUN is about being a strong, confident person whether you're girl or a guy. It's about being yourself and being confident in what you're doing. The other songs on the EP take on the craziness that is going on in the world right now. There is a song about toxic relationships. It's all about chaos, but it's also about finding the beautiful stuff within all of the chaos. Like the music.
And from this forthcoming EP, what songs off it have you the most excited to get people to hear and why?
I go back and forth, but I'd say that I'm most excited to get people to hear the song FALLING TO PIECES. It's a really cool song! I'd say that it's the heaviest on the EP. I really let loose on it and it's really fun to play. That is usually why a song is my favorite song because of how fun it is to play. I don't get that reaction from other people. They have different opinions on what their favorite songs are. The song is all about the world falling to pieces and wondering how were' going ot fix it.
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You're so young and yet you have put in a frightening amount of stage time. Have there been any opportunities to play some of the songs from the EP on a live stage?
We have been holding off until the release. I have done a couple of acoustic things but it's way different. We've been rehearsing for live shows so we're planning on doing some stuff in January when the EP comes out.
And with this EP, what is the big idea. What would you like for someone to come away with after they hear it?
I would want people to enjoy the music but I would say the biggest takeaway is all about being yourself and being confident in who you are. I am. I came up with this music. It's not easy being a girl in rock music. Sometimes it's hard and people don't take you seriously. I just hope people will listen to this EP and be who they are.
Do you really feel that it's a challenge being a woman doing rock music?
There are two sides to the coin. I fully believe that being a woman helps me stand out more, but I also know that there are people who don't take you seriously. Growing up as a teenager in a rock community, it was hard to be confident in myself surrounded by other guys. But I'm here now and while it's difficult, it definitely makes me stand out more.
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