Hiya mate thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

 So I guess I didn’t decide it was for me really. I feel it when I hear it.. I can see it sometimes when I open & close my eyes… Sometimes it can make my body do unusual things too. It kind of feels connected to me and the more I learn about myself in spirit I begin to see that the music I hear actually just decides to use me as some sort of vessel.. I have no control really but I’m not sure what I would do or how I would live without it there.

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

Hey, I’m Bear!  music has been with me all of my life. From taping over eminem on bbc radio and trying to stitch it together with Kid Rock American Badass on a old sony cassette/ cd player to stealing the Mum & Dads collection of Tina Turner, Mike Oldfield and Pink Floyd, I’ve always been obsessed with music and in any genre. On my website I put together a series of playlists of tracks organized by genre that really defines my musical influences. Check it out www.bear-beat.com 

What was life like for you before making music?

Very sad. I spent years building a life that was not for me. Trapped in deep routed trauma and a negative mind pattern leading me to depression & many addictions. Music has always been with me but I always got led away by life from making music in a younger age and although it carried me through the darker days as a listener I never had the confidence to go for it.

Now having 2 young boys to father and inspire, I finally hit a crossroads in 2020 and covid & after 3 years in therapy, & became qualified in NLP. I started to heal and slowly create a new life path making controversial but positive life changes, ones hopefully my children could take inspiration & future success from. 

My friends always made me the designated DJ at our parties. It was them really who pushed me on the music front. I bought some old software and began to lock myself away for days & days retired from all social life teaching myself how to produce until I had a vision, sound & concept I thought was authentic to my personality and musical taste. 

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

It was an album… I was kindly gifted the prodigy – Music for a jilted Generation when I was 11-12ish lol and always been pushed towards motown, alt rock, soul  but I’d just been introduced to Public Enemy & nwa by a friend which open my eyes to another style i really loved. But when I heard this album…. Poison, Their law, No Good etc i was blown away completely. 

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I’m really not sure.I really don’t like to sit in one style. I love and appreciate all genres and get so much enjoyment from experimenting and trying to mix unconventional melodies and soundscapes. One of my weaknesses in the modern music scene is identifying with how many genres there are now.. To me music is music.. You like the sound or not…. I don’t get too analytical with it all and definitely don’t have an appetite to be placed in a box. Really it’s just an expression to me.

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

I’ve been really fortunate to work and be successful in a few industries and I’m really lucky to have met some amazing leaders & coaches who have really inspired me. I was told if you want to be successful at anything.. Having a vision and roadmap helps, Being confident in how you are and having self belief is useful too! I’m one for overthinking everything and guilty of the imposter syndrome so that’s something I always try and focus on! 

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I’ve only been making music 13 months

I Hate Honey 

I make all my music in a cupboard under my stairs

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

Nothing. I feel so fortunate to have finally found my true passion after years of self doubt and misery. If no one listened to it but me it would be fine. Making it feels like therapy after a difficult childhood and young adult life. I’m 39 and remain humble but ambitious and just really at the moment want to learn. I feel very grateful to anyone who enjoys my music. It feels surreal really, and knowing there’s potentially a fanbase out there that likes the concept I’ve created would be an absolute dream come true no matter the number of listeners. 

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

I was really good at that when I was younger. If I’m worried about something, I’m not staying present. I try to stay conscious as much as possible and I’ve learnt not to be a victim of the way other people feel. Anyform of ideological colonization I get allergic too. 

I’m in control of my feelings and emotions. If someone’s words hurt me then I’m actually surrendering my emotions to someone else.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not, why not?

Haha, like the above I’m not one for ideology…. I’m not even sure what the word conspiracy theory even means anymore? Most of them have become facts now anyway lol… We live in strange times and information is used for psychological warfare. I have some tracks that touch on certain controversial topics and tones and my website certainly shows a mind that is open! If we stay emotionally regulated and remain conscious the veils are uncovered.  

What are the next steps you plan to take to reach the next level?

I’m currently selling my house and designing a campervan to go traveling the uk for a year. I love the mountains and plan on heading up to the highlands to do some recording and producing in Glencoe. I have 30 tracks to chose from that I’ve made in last year to go through & finalize a release plan. I have some capital to invest on the music so see where it goes.. I’m excited for the next 12 months. The focus is to not take anything seriously and just have fun! Everything i’ve done so far has been made totally on my own… music..procustion …mastering .. marketing …pr etc so I feel proud to have got this far.. 

Whats your thoughts on Elon Musks contribution to the world?

Anyone who can make bulletproof electric trucks and massively overspend on a corrupt Social media business to save free speech for the world is a good lad in my book! But we only know what we’ve been told, don’t we?

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

Man Down releases 1st March. It is my first this year and will be part of a host coming over the summer. It’s more of a chill back dance vibe. I loved the combination of vocalists and I’m a sucker for tribal sounds and anything with a shamonic twist! Hope you like it! 

What was the recording process like?

Smooth at home in my cupboard. Normally it takes about 3 – hours hours to build the core then I would finish with the layering the vocals came in towards the end by chance found by accident. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Thanks so much for your questions and the opportunity! Anyone interested in the Bear Beat journey and concept visit my website www.bear-beat.com 

Peace Love & Light x