‘The Voice’ Season One Artist Rebecca Loebe spills the beans about Adam Levine, being “homeless” and the music business.
Rebecca Loebe couldn’t be more relaxed before her performance at the Virginia club, Jammin Java. As staff, fans and other artists wander about, she is friendly and talkative. She sits in the audience to watch her friend and fellow folkie, Janee Halstead perform. Loebe is back in her element.
Adam Levine and the Reality Show Experience
For folk singer Rebecca Loebe, being in a singing contest for a major network was a long way from singing in small clubs around the country. To add to it, Loebe was sequestered in a hotel for 6 weeks with 23 other artists. What kind of reality was this? Loebe describes it as a “highly constructed reality”. “It’s like the producers of these shows prepare everything to the very maximum extent possible and then they press go. And then everybody starts moving around and reacting honestly, geniunely from their own emotions.
Rebecca Loebe got the impression that Adam Levine wasn’t as use to be followed around by cameras as one might image. Loebe recalls a memorable moment while Adam Levine was coaching. A producer suggested questions for Levine to ask the artists. Levine got upset by the idea of staging conversations with the artists for entertainment value. He told the producer in no uncertain terms that wasn’t what Levine had signed up for. Loebe was impressed by Adam Levine’s focus on the music and wanting the mentoring process to happen naturally. The sincerity and the credibility of the musician coaches is what eventially set The Voice apart from similar shows.
“I’m really proud that I was on the first episode of the show that ever aired,” Rebecca Loebe says. “That means alot to me. Because whether or not the show was a huge success, that fact that the people who were in charge really were working hard to present something fresh, something different, something positive, something that really supported artistry and creativity. That’s what I loved about it.”
How folk music, technology and Kanye West come together
Since The Voice, Rebecca Loebe, who was labled the “itinerent folk singer”, has moved out of her car and into an apartment in Austin, Texas. Yet, she still spends much of her time on the road touring. She makes a living playing shows and selling her CDs. Loebe also offers a subscription service for bootlegs of her shows. This allows people who can’t see her live an opportunity to enjoy her shows and it provides some steady income for her.
With her personable, upbeat deamonor, Rebecca Loebe is a natural marketer. Already taking advantage of social media, The Voice’s emphasis on Facebook, Twitter and video blogs for the artists allowed Loebe to expand her audience. “I can’t imagine doing what I do without the internet,” Loebe confesses. “So in some ways yeah, I don’t think it would be possible to do what I do now if so much connection wasn’t available.” She does say she has fantasized about a week without looking at a computer screen and admits updating her email list is her least favorite activity.
Although firmly classified as a folk singer, Rebecca Loebe has some surprises in her repetoire. She does a cover of Kanye West’s Stronger. She also has several remixes of her songs that sound like a DJ should be spinning them in a dance club. With her background in audio engineering, she can’t resist hearing what others do with her music. Basically, she says she follows the songs around. “I feel like for me the main genre is lyrics. That’s just what matters most to me,” Loebe says not wanting to limit herself. “Writing words that I believe in. And however I find a way to sing them is kind of secondary.”
To find out more about Rebecca Loebe go to www.rebeccaloebe.com and to download her live shows go to www.rebeccaloebe.net.
Read Part 1 of Rebecca Loebe’s interview. She talks about The Voice Blind Audition and the Battle Rounds.
Watch Rebecca Loebe’s performances at Jammin Java:
Her In That Dress
Come As You Are by Nirvana
Stronger by Kanye West