As founder of Write Like A Girl, an initiative that puts the spotlight back on female songwriters, Beth Keeping is an advocate of championing the rights of women and equality in the music industry. She has also just dropped new single and the video for San Francisco. The Fountain caught up with Beth to discuss performing North of the border and the reception her song has received.
TF: You have a new video out, you must be stoked?
Yes! I’m so happy with how it turned out – it’s really fun vibe like the song, but also has a slightly lonely feel because it’s shot on a selfie stick, which adds an almost ironic twist to the “If I’m ever in San Francisco would you want to know?” hook. It was a pretty spontaneous decision as I realised I was going to be in LA just after the song came out, so I drove up the coast and filmed myself exploring the city.
TF: And what has been the reception been like to San Francisco, can you elaborate on the track?
It’s been great, I’ve had so many lovely comments from people who have heard it through a friend or on social media and say they have it on repeat. I wrote the song after an experience I had when I was backpacking in South East Asia and met someone from San Francisco. It’s about looking back on a moment and accepting that it’s in the past but also wondering what would happen if you had another opportunity. To me it perfectly depicts how I felt at that time and it has a lot of nice lyrical details that are true.
TF: And can we look forward to an EP or LP from you soon?
I’m writing for a couple of projects at the moment that I’m really excited about. One of them will hopefully come out next year, but regardless there will definitely be a bunch of new singles.
TF: Can we look forward to seeing you live soon, particularly here in Scotland?
Yes, I love Scotland! I have a tour this month in England with Write Like A Girl, an initiative I started last year to champion female songwriters. We’ve had a lot of interest from people up in Scotland who want us to do some shows, so I’m hoping that will happen early next year! Regardless, I have friends and family in Glasgow and Edinburgh so I will definitely make a trip up to perform at some point soon.
TF: And what has been your favourite gig to date?
It’s hard to choose! The first gig I ever played was in Durham Cathedral and the acoustics were incredible. I also did a show in an old pottery in Surrey earlier this year which was such a beautiful venue, but our Write Like A Girl night’s are always really special.