Sydney singer-songwriter, Rita B has developed her own unique blend of roots and indie folk, and has unveiled Travel Companion, her second single released this year. The single will delight fans of Stella Donnelly and Julia Jacklin. Travel Companion had a dream team bringing it to life. The emotive song was produced by Guy Fenech at Rolodex sound Leichhardt and mastered by Nick Franklin (Clews, Polish Club).
Rita B’s music is a pure reflection of her diverse experiences and sonic influences. She spent 2017 performing songs from her debut album ‘With Pockets Nearly Empty and A Glass Almost Full’ bewitching audiences with her mesmerizing and honest vocals. Her single Work won a place in FBi’s top 10 most played songs in 2018. Rita B shares more about the single.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of your new single Travel Companion?
I think the lead up has been a nice and humbling experience. My last single was in February this year and before that I hadn’t released anything since 2017 so I think people were happy that I had a new thing for them to enjoy.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
Always a tricky question! I ground myself in alternative folk. I think overall it is a combo of empowered folk rock and hallowing folk singer songwriter. My rhythm section gives the sound a lot of groove and rock tones. I often like to add a violinist on top of the drum, bass, guitar/singing trio. My solo acoustic persona is perhaps sonically a little more deep and layered compared to your average acoustic sound. I enjoy harmonies and reverb. Stylistically, my vocals are inspired by folk music and technically I like to vocally explore a broad range of singing notes.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
I think when I was just starting out as a teenage kid, the musicians who were inspiring me then are to be credited for now. They were musicians like Sarah Blasko, Alanis Morissette, Janis Joplin and Ani DiFranco. They inspired me because they were women. To me they were also unique and their songwriting was doing things to my emotions, and I wanted to have a go at doing that.
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Your gift is a gift to the world so give it away.
What’s next for Rita B?
I have plans to release an EP this year which I’m excited about! I can’t wait to play live music again.
Interview By Rob Lyon