Beck Black from Bladen Co. Releases New Complete Rock Disc “Hollywood Blvd”
BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Beck Black, originally from Bladen County, has released his first full album of original songs. The multi-talented singer, songwriter and musician has nine new songs on the album Hollywood Boulevard, which is available today on most major digital platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, and Deezer.
“I lived high above the Hollywood Hills, and I could see all the frenetic energy on Hollywood Boulevard, and I decided to write a song that became the title track for the album, ”Black said from his home outside of Elizabethtown. “The album starts with helicopters, and it’s an adventure until the song Life is a circus. The last words of the whole album are “Stand up for the applause, it’s at the end”. It’s a complete rock and roll trip.
Recently returning from gigs in the Los Angeles area, the UNCW graduate is busy doing a lot of self-promotion for the new record. A video to be released soon supporting the album, for the song Puppet show, was filmed in North Carolina with a local film crew. The video of the song Do not talk to me is already available on Black’s YouTube channel, while a video of the band in the studio doing Life is a circus is on Vimeo.
When it comes to assessing the success of Hollywood Boulevard, Black says that won’t necessarily be indicated by the number of downloads and digital streams, or on the air.
“It’s the numbers, the superfluous influence of social media is what is, in a way, the metric of success for a lot of artists,” she said. “It’s the number of followers you have on social media. In terms of industry standards, I am far from the breaking point because I have, for example, on Instagram on my BeckBlackMusic account, only 2,300 followers. In the industry, the standards are 100,000 subscribers, for example, for labels, mass distribution to distribute these albums, for reservation agents to reserve you to tour across Europe, which is a of my dreams.
In addition to writing and producing the tracks for the new album, Black plays several instruments on the songs, including piano, synthesizer, and bass guitar. Guitarist Mo Matatquin and drummer Adam Alt complete the Beck Black Band. They hope to build on the exposure the band received last year, when former Beatle Ringo Starr drummed on Black’s song. Who will save rock and roll.
“Ringo, really, the best way I can say is that it gave me some credibility on the street,” Black says of Ringo’s appearance on the song and in the music video. “It was like, ‘Hey, that artist Beck Black, she’s been working all these years, trying to get into the industry. She is a freelance artist who worked at WECT as a sound engineer and really tries to be successful.
Black says she doesn’t have any upcoming shows on the schedule, but hopes that will change as Hollywood Boulevard gains traction. She plans to release an EP of country songs in 2022.
You can check out Beck Black’s music videos and social media sites by clicking here to go to his website, BeckBlack.com.
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