INTERVIEW: Self EsteemPosted by: Richard Abbey
Photo credit: Charlotte Patmore
VIBE caught up with Rebecca Lucy Taylor, aka Self Esteem for the quickest of natters ahead of the release of her new album
2019 is set to be the year that Rebecca Lucy Taylor, aka Self Esteem, drops her debut album on the world. For a long time Rebecca was dividing her attention, working on painting and prints, and video, as Self Esteem, whilst the day job was writing and performing as one half of Slow Club, but now the music and the day job is Self Esteem too, and Rebecca is revelling in it.
Witty, intelligent, extrovert and piercingly insightful, Rebecca no longer has to worry about anybody else’s opinion or treading on any toes, and can be wholly, wonderfully herself, indulging her love for choreography and the art of the pop promo. Her recent single ‘Rollout’ has had extensive support at BBC Radio 6 Music, earning a spot on their coveted A-List, it’s only a matter of time before she explodes.
We caught up with her for a (very) quick chat...
You’re being tipped for big things in 2019 – no pressure then!
I bloody hope so! I want to be on Strictly Come Dancing 2020.
How’s the transition to a solo artist going?
I’m really enjoying it. It’s nice to have my vision fully realised. It can be a little lonely but it’s sooooo much fun.
Has it changed the way you work?
Yes. It feels more cohesive and instant which I think helps the audience understand what one is getting at.
Would it be fair to say you’ve found a new freedom?
It would be fair yes.
How would you describe your sound?
Depressed psoriasis R’n’B.
What were the high points of 2018?
Having Self Esteem come to life. I’m really proud it’s been possible. And I’ve got a really beautiful team of people around me. It’s energising.
What can we expect to see in 2019?
More shows. My album. My fishing for compliments...
Is that the end of Slow Club?
Never say never. I love Slow Club and what we created. I’m very happy to be making music uncompromised though.
Your top tips for a night out in Sheffield?
Cocktails at Public. Then onto Dempseys.
What can we get you for Christmas?