A Conversation with Reece

The first time I came across Virginia artist Reece was through the highly touted Music Discovery Platform, Early Rising. The quarantined birthed blog has been one of my go to places to find great music and today’s artist is straight from that camp. Instead of writing a regular article, I thought it was only fitting to sit down and talk to the talent about life and music! Continue scrolling to read this conversation with Reece.

Sam: Now that I know that you’re from my home state of Virginia, I’d love to hear about how you got into music, especially growing up in a place like Woodbridge.

Reece: So, music for me was really a heavy part of my life growing up. My parents weren’t musical, but we listened to a lot of music, and I listened to a lot of weird shit as a child…and not weird, but just weird for a child to be listening to at the time. So I was introduced to a lot of different types of music and also I have a lot of older siblings and they would listen to some cool stuff too. Then 2012, I was in 10th grade and a lot of really cool music started coming out that year, like Channel Orange by Frank Ocean and Born To Die by Lana Del Rey and Adele had just released 21 in 2011, so there was a lot of good music and I really liked singing and I would listen to all of it and it would make me feel nostalgic for moments that I’ve never had before, and I was like this is really interesting and I wanted to try it, so I begged my dad to take me to a studio and I just started writing my first songs, which were awful, but yeah that’s how I started in music…And its hard to find people, because you know this area, there’s not a scene here at all.

Sam: Yeah, I was just telling someone that. We grew up in an area that’s very professional and money driven. I think the good thing about this place is that people are over achievers in the business field, so there’s definitely been a void in the creative side, but I’m glad you were able to pursue it all despite that.

Reece: Yeah it took some time, but I found a couple of people. I was like “Oh my god, there’s life here.” So I met some people through mutual friends in HS and we all just started making music together.

Sam: Okay so now take me to the next step of  your music. What it look like as your love for music progressed.

Reece: My progression was weird. So I didn’t play any real shows. I had one song called, “Ghost” and I released it. I made that with my friend 5 months after HS ended and I posted it on the internet, not expecting anything to happen and then one blog posted it and all of a sudden it got picked up by Pigeons & Planes and then I got the whole artists of the month spread; And thats how I met my manager Matt and together we released a song called, “Don’t Go” and that was probably 5 or 6 months after “Ghost” came out and that song really changed my life because the first time I ever went to NY weirdly enough, I was flown out by Benny Blanco.

Sam: And he’s from Virginia too!

Reece: Yeah, he’s from Reston! And so his assistant at the time is my manager now, but I met him in NY and a couple weeks later, I got flown out to LA by BMG and signed to them and it was just a whirlwind and it was really fast then it got really slow; So I’ve honestly been spending time trying to figure out who I wanted to be as an artist because I knew that I wanted this and that I wanted it as a career, but I didn’t know who I wanted to be. When I first started making music, I was just like, I should just do R&B because at that time I was like 300 lbs, so I was like no one is gonna take me seriously as a pop star, which was my thinking…it’s not true but it was the way I was feeling at the time. Then I lost my weight and came back home and by 2018 I had dropped over 100 lbs, so then I was like, I can do pop now.

Sam: So you in an overarching sense, you were growing not only physically but also musically as well?

Reece: For sure. I think they go hand in hand; Because I was never dating anyone, I never did anything. I was very reclusive and just stuck to myself. After losing weight though, I started putting myself back out there and really living my life and I think that affected my music in a good way, because it added new experiences.

Sam: How was Covid for you? What was that time like and how it affected you as an artists.

Reece: Covid for me was actually a positive thing for me in terms of creativity. I felt like the pressure that was on top of the music industry kind of died down and for a second, it felt like the great equalizer. We all didn’t know what we were doing and it was exciting because I’m lowkey a competitive person and I was like, I know I can compete with anyone pen to pen… I’m just like let’s compete, let’s see who actually has it, so that’s where I was like, I need to step it up because I wasn’t going to let Covid destroy me and it continued even to this year. I wanted to up everything and make due with what I have. So Covid was a great lesson and I’m excited for when it’s over because now as an artist, I’m much more confident and I’m ready for things to open back up.

Sam: Once it does end, what’s the first thing you’re doing?

Reece: I just want to get dressed up and go to the club. I want to go to the club and get so drunk. I took that for granted…And obviously I want to go to a concert.

Sam: Man, I can’t wait to be around people again…As we wrap up, what’s next for you as far as music. What are you excited to show people in regards to your music?

Reece: I think the music concepts and content is a lot more mature, especially due to Covid, I’ve have the time to sit back and think about my life and think about what’s important to me. Like my last single, “Generational Heartthrob” that was a lot about the industry and how its abusive at times. I kind of want to go into those topics that actually mean something.