Rebecca Gregson is a singer, musician, promoter, music blogger and podcaster from Newcastle. Having started off playing open mic nights in Glasgow she built a repertoire of jazz, blues, RnB and soul songs, and after a spell performing in the band Kosoti and under the pseudonym Shebird she became absorbed in the North East music scene. As city leader of Sofar Sounds Newcastle she is inspired by musicians who have introduced her to electronic music and techniques that she is teaching herself, including using vocal effects pedals, live looping equipment and performance software. Her new solo project Feral Pet focuses on the fusion of old school jazz, blues, soul singing with modern beats and styles borrowed from hip hop and electronic music. She takes inspiration from current neo-soul artists Hiatus Kaiyote, Esperanza Spalding and Erykah Badu, electronic artists like Bjork and Imogen Heap, and classic jazz singers like Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee. Many of these role models are women who were not only talented but overcame adversity to become pioneers in their field. She has an unrivalled passion for supporting and representing female artists in the North East, and is developing a proud reputation for this both regionally and nationally.
“I’m interested in the symbiotic relationship between humans and technology, I’m fascinated in how this is being illustrated through contemporary music, from writing and recording to performance and consumption. My solo project Feral Pet explores the struggle between being held to the will of our animal instincts, whilst being addicted to and increasingly inseparable from machines and technology and the pressures of modern life.”