True Seven is our interview feature that provides a platform for you to tell us your music stories and become a vital part of the narrative of our Midlands Musique range of t-shirts.
We will be interviewing a wide cross section of True Reverie customers who inspire us, from musicians to promoters, record shop owners, gig goers and everything in between. Together we will shine a light on what makes music culture in the Midlands so great!
In this edition we caught up with Bee Yoga owner Becci Bradley. Becci has been practicing yoga for 20 years and offers various yoga classes from her studio in Sedgley. Along with yoga, Becci is also a massive music fan.
1. What’s the best thing about being from the Midlands?
Little hives of creativity, places like the NAC and The Custard Factory housing real talent, creative outlets and start ups. Imaginative small businesses and a wealth of musical talent…..oh and the best curry houses!
2. What is your most cherished music related memory?
So many but for obvious reasons seeing Prince in Birmingham. I could ill afford the £80 ticket but I am so glad I did.
3. What was the first piece of music you bought & where from?
Every Friday my dad would go to Woolworths in Dudley and buy me a 7”. The first one I remember playing over and over again was the Knack ‘My Sharona’ just checked the date….I was 6! Life changed when he brought me ‘Antmusic’ by Adam and the Ants. I had to forgo my weekly 7” in order to save for the album ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ which I devoured. I was a strange child.
4. What was the first gig you went to and where was it?
When I was 10 me and my friend won tickets to see Duran Duran at the NEC, it was a free gig as they were filming bits for the Reflex video. Needless to say we didn’t get filmed and my friend fainted when they came on stage! My first adult free gig was EMF at the Civic Hall Wolverhampton. I’m guessing that was 1990.
5. Which is your favourite Midlands venue (past or present) and why?
Without question the Civic Hall Wolverhampton. Seen so many amazing bands there and of course spent far too many Saturday evenings in Blast Off back bar.
6. Music and fashion are almost inseparable, what would you wear if you headlined Glastonbury?
I think I would channel Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Big colourful capes with a 70s vibe, or maybe ethereal like Florence or Kate Bush. Definitely barefoot though.
7. What’s the best thing about running your own yoga studio Bee Yoga? And how have things changed recently for you in running your independent business?
We call the studio ‘The Haven’ as something about it brings a sense of solace and refuge, a real calming space. I am entirely blessed to have made my passion my career and so grateful to be celebrating five years of the Bee Yoga studio. Lockdown has been a challenge of course but we have managed to move the Bee Yoga community online, and I hope I am right in saying that it has been a little bit of sanity for everyone to be able to get onto the mat and practice.