An Exclusive Interview with Rebecca Lynn Howard

Could you share the story behind your latest song and what inspired its creation?

My latest song “I’m Not Who You Think I Am” is a song that was inspired by watching my uncle battle alcoholism his whole life. He had finally sobered up and then was tragically killed by a drunk driver. I wanted to tell his story.

How do you approach the process of songwriting, and are there any specific themes or emotions you tend to explore in your music?

I tend to start with a lyric idea, a title, or a concept. Sometimes I get the music first. Sometimes I get music and lyrics at the same time. Each song is unique and so is the process.

As an indie musician, how do you navigate the balance between creative freedom and commercial appeal?

I always try to stay true to my artistry and trust that there will be an audience out there somewhere for it.

What do you find most challenging about being an independent artist in today’s music industry?

The most challenging part is trying to keep up with ever changing landscape of social media and digital platforms and their algorithms. Just about the time I get it figured out, it changes.

Can you talk about your experiences collaborating with other artists or musicians? How does it influence your creative process?

I love to collaborate in the writing room or in performance on stage. I feed off of others and their energy. And I love tapping into someone else’s perspective on something that I may not see or hear in my own.

What role does technology and social media play in promoting your music and connecting with your audience?

As an indie artist, it’s everything. I try my hardest to use those tools to their fullest potential to connect with my fans!

Are there any particular artists or genres that have had a significant impact on your musical style?

My musical influence and style can be a bit all over the place. I’ve never pigeonholed myself with music and I think most people enjoy listening to a wide variety of music too.

Indie musicians often have a close relationship with their fanbase. How do you engage with your fans and build a dedicated community around your music?

I try to post regularly so my fans get a front seat look into my life. I’m always appreciative and humbled when they connect with the music I post and share it with their friends.

Could you describe a memorable live performance experience or tour that has had a lasting impact on you and your music?

When I played bass on tour for Steven Tyler, he and I would have sing-off. We battled each other in the intro of Mercedes Benz by Janis Joplin. That moment was truly ICONIC!

In an era of streaming platforms, how do you feel about the changing landscape of music consumption and its impact on independent musicians?

I’m torn sometimes about this topic. I think the digital world can be so great for indie artists, however, it has crippled the songwriting community. I hope we can find a balance with that.