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Chatting to Becky Hill is like chatting to one in every of your finest buddies. Inside 10 minutes of interviewing the Brit Award winner, we have spoken about who we need to win this yr’s “Love Island”, collabing with Beyoncé, and planning an evening out collectively that includes tequila and glitter. She may be the face of UK dance music with 5 prime 10 singles beneath their belt, however Hill’s relatable attraction is arguably their greatest attribute. And their knockout vocals, after all.
“I’ve all the time felt very, very regular in all of this,” she tells POPSUGAR UK. “My dad and mom have been very regular and from a really regular background, so it is good to carry some un-public-schooled character to the music trade.”
After releasing their debut album, “Solely Trustworthy on the Weekend”, final August, Hill turned the third-most-streamed British girl artist on Spotify in 2021, solely behind Dua Lipa and Adele. Their songs, together with “Want You Nicely”, “My Coronary heart Goes”, and “Loopy What Love Can Do”, which sees a collaboration with David Guetta and Ella Henderson, have grow to be dance-floor anthems — and their success means everybody needs a bit of Hill this summer time.
“I believe it is actually, actually vital now that the narrative of inclusivity and dance music is actually pushed.”
Their schedule is sufficient to make anybody exhausted. Regardless of an Ibiza Rocks residency, headlining a number of festivals, touring Europe, and a US tour later within the yr, Hill is not fazed. “I believe anyone who loves their job and desires to do very well at it and try to be the very best at it sacrifices every part to guarantee that works. It is an actual honour,” she says.
And that is not all she has deliberate for the summer time. Hill is talking to us forward of their headlining efficiency on the Pepsi MAX stage on the Ladies’s Euro 2022 last on 31 July. The match has seen record-breaking attendance numbers, and the ultimate marks an actual landmark second, bringing dwell music and ladies’s sport collectively. “I am actually, actually enthusiastic about it,” she says. “I am unable to wait to begin entering into the prep with all of the dancers, to be in Wembley Stadium and begin trying round and imagining myself on stage there.”
Hill guarantees an actual spectacle filled with choreography, color, infectious music, and particular friends. “It is so good to see the stigma of ladies’s sport, not being as prestigious as males’s sport, lastly sporting off,” she says. “It is such a proud second for me.”
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Performing dwell and connecting with an viewers is vital to Hill. Their Ibiza present is named “You / Me / Us”, and it is clear from the fervour of their voice that she is adamant on making dance music extra inclusive and numerous. “I simply need to encourage folks to be themselves and to just accept others,” she says. “And I’ve type of made it fairly queer as nicely. I’ve bought dancers, drag artists on stage with me, who’re wonderful, from all totally different backgrounds. And I believe it is actually, actually vital now that the narrative of inclusivity and dance music is actually pushed.”
It is onerous to imagine that Hill has been within the public eye for over a decade. Having first auditioned for BBC’s “The Voice” at simply 17, she has managed to remain grounded. So what’s their secret? “Do not take your self too significantly,” the singer-songwriter confesses. “I believe life’s a bit higher when you do not take something actually, actually significantly. And simply have enjoyable. That is what I did after I was 17, and it labored out all proper for me.”
She has additionally made certain she is surrounded with folks she loves, together with their fiancé, Charlie Gardner. He proposed to Hill, who identifies as queer, in January after six years collectively, so it seems like she’ll be squeezing in marriage ceremony planning between her gigs, too. “I am fairly fortunate that everyone I’ve bought on tour with me is a extremely lovely soul,” she says. “We deal with this as a type of household.”
“My entire objective in life has been main as much as that one stroll into the villa.”
Whereas Hill might need discovered love in actual life, she bagged the TV look of the summer time by heading to the “Love Island” villa to carry out. And that well-known slo-mo strut might nicely be their greatest accomplishment so far. “I knew I needed to get a hair flick in that. My entire objective in life has been main as much as that one stroll into the villa,” she jokes.
Performing to the islanders was definitely a spotlight for such a fan of the present. “Ekin-Su type of made a beeline for me to inform me how a lot she loves me and the way wonderful all of it was, which I assumed was actually, actually pretty,” she says. “I informed all of them that this was the very best sequence of ‘Love Island,’ and so they have been all cheering. I mouthed to Indiyah, ‘I would like you to win.'”
So what’s subsequent for Becky Hill? “I have to launch one other album,” she says. “I would wish to have a extremely large tour. I would like to do an enviornment tour. After which purchase a home, get married, have infants, and dwell fortunately ever after. However all the time maintain making music.”
With Drake and Beyoncé bringing dance beats into their most up-to-date singles, it actually does really feel like dance music is taking up, and we might like to see a collaboration within the works. “I will go away you to speak to [Beyoncé’s] managers,” she laughs.
As Hill finishes our chat to arrange for her efficiency on the Benicàssim competition earlier than heading again to Ibiza, she is planning an evening out with mates within the rave capital of the world. With noughties basic dance data like “Name on Me” by Eric Prydz taking part in, their best night time is “actually camp, lined in glitter, ingesting tequilas, and ingesting sufficient water to be sure to do not get a hangover the subsequent day.”
Feels like enjoyable. Can we be a part of them subsequent time? “We will prepare that, babe!” she says. See you on the dance ground, Hill!
Catch Becky Hill’s efficiency on the UEFA Ladies’s Euro Ultimate Present, offered by Pepsi Max, on 31 July on BBC One.