Meet Electro-Pop Artist Beca Dreams
From classical training at Juilliard to creating music in a self-titled “bubblegum bass” genre, Beca Dreams has blazed her own path in the music industry. College Living got to chat with the artist after she opened for swim and resort wear designer Julian Chang at his Miami Swim Week 2016 fashion show.
What did you think about the show?
I had a blast. I was watching backstage. I loved everything. I was like…I want that, and that and that. I loved the sparkles.
This is your second time performing at a Julian Chang event. Do you think there’s a reason you two work so well together?
I definitely think we have a good connection. A few years ago, I played him some of my music and he loved it. He invited my to play at Miami Fashion Week 2013 a couple week later. Then I saw him again this past year at Ultra Music Festival and we reconnected, had lunch and then he said “let’s work together again!” I love his clothes; he’s a sweetheart. The stars aligned.
Last year you moved to LA from New York. Do you think the different coasts have influenced your music?
It’s a completely different perspective. There’s more room to breathe, more time to think. I feel like the next music that I write is going to be a lot lighter and sunnier. New York is pretty intense and I love it but I feel like LA is a breath of fresh air.
So you were trained classically at Juilliard, which probably gave you a lot of music skills, but is there anything you learned outside of the classroom that has helped your music career?
School sets the training ground, but you’re not really prepared for the real world. You can only get that from real life experience. I learned the business side of things, how to go after what I want. It’s been a lot of trial and error and figuring things out with other people’s support.
Tell me about your newly release video, Bayonet.
It was such a beautiful project to work on. I’m so grateful to my team that worked on it. Working with my sister (the video’s director) was a huge gift. We’ve been wanting to work together for so long. We’ve done smaller projects together growing up, but this is the biggest thing we’ve ever done together. I’m really glad we got to do it.
Do you have any advice for college women looking to break into the music industry?
I would say to be prepared to work really hard and always keep a positive attitude. The world is going to throw all kinds of crazy stuff at you, but it’s really about your perspective. So if you have a dream, just go for it. Anything is possible.
We think that last piece of advice works for any goal a college woman may have. Beca was so sweet to take the time to talk right after the show ended. We can’t wait to see where the talented singer goes next!