After spending her childhood wreaking havoc throughout the small beach towns of New Jersey, a songwriter by the name of Olivia Bec breaks into the local music scene. Though performing was nothing new to her, having participated in theatre all her life. The young artist began her career at the age of 16 when she released her first single, Jersey, recorded, mixed, and mastered in the studio of her performing arts high school. “I was really lucky to be able to dip my toes in the water so young,” the now 23-year-old says. “It was like, if we can release a single right now with just the resources we have, imagine what we could accomplish down the road with more experience, equipment, people.”
After graduating in 2016, Olivia attended college in Staten Island. She found herself dropping out and back at home within a year, with the same crew who had helped her release her first song. This time they went bigger, releasing an album called 8-Track. The album gained the interest of local businessmen and beach bums alike. Shining with versatility 8-Track ranges from dark, cinematic songs such as Civil, all the way to the upbeat and sharp Water Colors. After years of performing her songs down the shore, her local audiences began to sing along.
Olivia’s music particularly piqued the interest of Karen High, the head of The Project Matters. This organization hand-picks and sponsors young musicians, providing financial support, guidance, and opportunities. In 2019, Olivia signed with them. Thus creating and releasing her newest EP, I Am the Sun. “This EP is very personal to me. And It kind of feels more like the artist that I am meant to become. Like I was wearing my shoes too big and finally grew into them on the day I released it.” This work of art consists of 4 songs, each one bolder than the next. The artist took the strongest feature of each song, stretched it out, and drove it home. It contains the ethnic beats of Empire, the retro blues of Giver, and the textured, punk sound of Buoy. “I think I was worried about being predictable for a while. I let the songs go wherever they wanted to, or wherever I, as a listener, felt they were supposed to. They kind of took a shape of their own, and I stopped overthinking it. I started saying ‘Give the song what it wants!’ and decided to appeal to the familiar. For the most part, anyway.”
Olivia Bec's music has since been described as "refreshing" and "anthemic". She continues to create and perform these sounds in those small beach towns of New Jersey. She plans to soon move to the city, where she can write, record, perform, and eventually tour full time.
“Isn’t that what we are all doing? Even the big names. Hozier, Adele, Ed Sheeran. Everyone is pulling from the 60’s, 80’s, 40’s even. These artists just put their signature on it. I’m doing the same thing. So I decided never to feel bad for my ‘classic’ sound. Because the classics always come back. Nostalgia is addicting.”