Get Familiar: Reggie Becton
Known for his iconic orange beanie and soulful sounds, Los Angeles-based artist Reggie Becton's unique fusion of classic R&B, new wave soul, and funk-rock has made quite the impression on The Digilogue's community.
Reggie initially made waves through the community in 2021 when his hit single "Listenin'" was featured on our Digilogue After Dark: DMV playlist. His Artist of the Month performance proved his technical skill with his acoustic cover of "Listenin'," then later proved his mechanic skills as he performed "Lonely" in a car garage.
While his presence amazed us, his personality stole our hearts in his Artist to Watch interview, where he discussed his journey from PG County to Los Angeles and the meaning behind his iconic orange beanie.
While it was hard to keep up with Reggie and his array of skills in 2021, we were able to sit down with him to recap his incredible 2021, key lessons he's learned throughout the year, and the importance of building a community as an artist.
The last time we got to catch up was during your Artists to Watch interview last year. You've gone on to release a music video for RM. 143, played a show with Soulection at The Regent, went on tour with Grace Webber towards the end of the year, to name a few things. You've been busy! How was the rest of 2021 for you, and how are you gearing up for the new year?
The rest of 2021 was amazing. I got to perform at more shows than I ever expected which allowed me to really get out and meet my supporters and listeners. It has been fun being able to perform different songs off the album and see how people gravitate towards the music and what tracks get the most reaction. I have been using that information to guide me on the new music I am making. Finally, I was able to take some much needed time off and visit my family in Maryland for the holidays. Going "HOME" to Maryland is always a recharge for me because my family just showers me with love.
We've watched you grow from when we first featured you on our DMV Regional Playlist to now being recognized by multiple platforms, including recently having your single "Issues" featured on Discovered on Apple Music with Ebro. What are some of the key lessons you've learned throughout this period of growth?
Some key lessons I have learned throughout these past few years are mistakes are bound to happen; every L (loss) is just a lesson to prepare you for a bigger W (WIn), it's you vs. you, and nothing is make or break when you are moving in alignment with your purpose.
You have an incredibly strong team rallying behind you (shoutout to The Village Music Group!), and you've been able to connect and build with other creatives. Would you say your approach to building a solid community with both your fans and peers has helped you get to where you are now?
I wholeheartedly believe I would not be as successful if it weren't for my team. My team works day in and day out, helping make my dreams come true, and I have the greatest appreciation for them. It's hard finding people who believe in this crazy vision you have for yourself and want to help you bring it to life, so when you find those individuals, you have to cherish them. My managers are like my best friends, and my bandmates are my cousins. They have become my "HOME" away from "HOME."
As it pertains to my fans, I think building with them is everything. After shows, I love being able to interact with them and talk about how the music has connected with them. On social media, I try to respond to every DM and tweet just saying thank you because they keep the music alive.