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Becky Ratcliffe

Becky Ratcliffe

Becks / Fire & Theft

Date Of Birth : 04/07/1972

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Becky has a clear, European sounding voice which has stood her in good stead for the Hardcore scene.  In 1995, Becky released her first official dance track and went on to perform vocals for Ham, Demo and Justin Time on "Here I Am", DNA & Justin Time"s "Touch My Heart", her own "Dynamite" and "Swallow The Light", Helix anthem "U R Everything" with Marlon and Fire and Theft tracks "No Conference", "Game 9" and "Essential Philosophy". Becky says, "Fire and Theft was an amazing time for me, working closely with my brother and our good friend Matt Lovett, performing songs that meant something to us.  Everything was exciting back then, we had Portishead and Radiohead.  Two loves of my life."
 
The last hardcore vocal she did was for Slipmatt and Frisky, on a track called "Take Care of You". She has also done some House, but feels her most vocally experimental phase was with Fire & Theft. Becky says, "I used to listen to a lot of guitar bands, the aforementioned Radiohead, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Dandy Warhols, Smashing Pumpkins, Silverchair, Sparklehorse (RIP), Pavement, blah, blah, blah. On the electronic side, I tended to listen to The Sneakerpimps, Morcheeba, Bjork, Kinder & Dorfmeister, Lamb and Spiritualize, mostly downbeat stuff.

Becky has also performed live at Stage One's Happy Hardcore Night at "The Fubar" in Scotland. She says, "We used to go with 'fire & theft' to illegal raves and perform there at the end of the night". She has also graced The Rock Garden with her voice.
 
In 2001 Becky moved to The Cayman Islands, “The pace of London got on top of us and we needed to slow down.  I worked on Atlantis Submarine as a co-pilot, then as a Boat Captain/Diver, but found the slow pace drove us crazy, along with the Island’s love of 80s pop music!!!  Then hurricane Ivan blew us back to London in 2004, where we’ve remained ever since.”
 
“Two new loves came into my life in the shape of Isy and Gus, but having recently secured them both in full time school, I am at last coming up for air and sorting out some new musical projects with Matt.
 
I loved the safety of the Hardcore scene back in the nineties and feel blessed to have been a part of it.  It’s so funny now when you meet other parents at the school gate and get talking, then you realise you bumped into one another over a decade ago, in a poorly lit room filled with pounding music and way over it’s fire regulation limit of punters.  The old twinkle comes back into your eyes for a second and you feel a reconnection with that person.  Then you laugh at how responsible you’ve become and that you’re now a parent.  Wonder how I’ll feel when my off spring return home at 7am, wearing luminous clothes and a huge smile?
 
Nowadays you’ll still find me listening to Radiohead along with the White Stripes and anything else Jack White gets up to, love that man.  Also into Vampire Weekend and enjoy a bit of Goldfrapp.  Here’s hoping the recession will throw some new talent at us like it did last time round.

Samuel Barber - Adagio For Strings
Acen - Trip To The Moon
Radiohead - Climbing Up The Walls
Portishead - Cowboys
Matthew - What More In Five Colours
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Road Trippin'
Marc & The Mambas - If You Go Away
Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy
The Sneakerpimps - Spin, Spin Sugar
Janis Joplin - Mercedes Benz