Bec Sykes is a singer-songwriter from the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Layering moody melodies upon simple piano and guitar, Bec uses her voice as an instrument and describes her sound as ‘emo-folk’. Bec likes to spend her time wandering around the forest in the Dandenong Ranges trying to fit words into melodies.
In July 2020, Bec released her debut single Edithvale, a piano ballad inspired by her ex-boyfriend's car being stolen and set on fire, and memories of driving to the beach. Produced by Tom Iansek (Big Scary, #1 Dads, The Paper Kites, Maple Glider) the minimalist track introduced the world to Bec's vocals and songwriting in their most raw form. Edithvale was added to rotation on both Triple J and Double J, and received airplay on community radio stations around Australia and the world. The track reached the Shazam discovery chart in Australia and has clocked nearly half a million plays on Spotify.
Getaway is the second single from Bec. Also produced by Tom Iansek, the atmospheric track keeps Bec's emotive vocals at the forefront on a backdrop of finger-picked acoustic guitar, piano and subtle, ambient synths. Bec has signed to Sydney-based label, Scenic Drive for the release. The label is run by ARIA award-winning producer, Wayne Connolly, who has worked with artists such as Paul Dempsey, Cloud Control and The Paper Kites. Wayne says that the idea of the music on the label is that it will “take you somewhere away from your daily cares.” This description echoes Richard Kingsmill’s review of Bec’s music, “train to otherworldly departing here now”.
Between lockdowns Bec has spent 2021 performing around Melbourne, playing sold out shows at The Gasometer, Memo Music Hall and Some Velvet Morning. She also played her first Sydney show in March supporting Tay Oskee.
In the past two years, Bec has won the Josh Pyke Partnership, the ‘Pie School’ competition run by Melbourne label, Pieater, and was given a spot as a Triple J Unearthed Feature Artist.
Nice things people have said
"It's the kind of song I would stay in my car for. Just flawless." - Bridget Hustwaite (Triple J Goodnights)
"Simply spellbinding. What a piece of songwriting from Bec." - Declan Byrne (Triple J Home & Hosed)
"Absolutely stunning." - Pilerats