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Best of the Listening Room | Meet Be Steadwell

Best of the Listening Room | Meet Be Steadwell
September 8, 2021

Meet Be Steadwell, this week’s Best of the Listening Room feature and Washington DC-based musician, filmmaker, and storyteller. Utilizing looping, vocal layering and beat boxing, she composes songs to make listeners feel seen and loved. Check out her performance to be wowed by her powerfully unique style and learn more about her music journey in the interview below!

What’s your go-to album at the moment?

Emily King’s Seven. Always. (I’m assuming y’all meant someone else’s music. If you’re talking about my music- definitely SUCCULENT.)

Can you describe your music style in six words?

Glitter, pop, shady, queer, black, love.

Name an accomplishment you are most proud of.

Singing backup on “Woman’s Work” with Maxwell at the women’s march. At the end of that day I knew I could die happy.

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on the album for my musical, A Letter to My Ex. I’m also writing a Black Queer adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

Are there any specific albums or artists that have had a big influence on your music career and style?

Yeesh. It’s tough to cut down, but the ones that come to mind are these gorgeous pieces: Lauryn Hill: Miseducation. Meshell Ndegeocello: Bitter. Maro: Vol. 2. Bon Iver: For Emma Forever Ago. Joni Mitchell: Blue. Miles Davis: Kind of Blue. Michael Jackson: Thriller.

Dream collaboration and why?

Missy Elliot. Um. Because she’s the greatest. She’s whimsical, silly, and ice-cold brilliant.

If you could play a Sofar show anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you want it to be?

Yeesh. Y’all are really asking the questions. Ok. Give me three. Accra, Ghana. Bahia, Brazil. Or somewhere on the coast in Thailand.

Who are three rising artists you’re excited about right now?

I’m SO excited about Tierra Whack (silly, smart, different), Cloud out Loud (buttery, tender, queer music), Chika, Tiffany Gouche, and Yebba. Gah! So many.