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Queer Producer Tess Becket Releases Debut Indie Rock Single “Toxic”

Photograph by Zachary J. Savage

Tess Becket released her debut single on March 30th, "Toxic," which is a bare indie rock ballad with poetic lyrics and an emotional vocal delivery. Written about a loved one going through a psychotic break, this song is a simmering reflection on returning to a dark, problematic relationship. Inspired by other queer singer-songwriters and producers, like King Princess and Julien Baker, Becket co-produced and wrote the song herself. 


Born and raised in a rural town near Baltimore, Becket is a refined producer, sharp songwriter and sultry vocalist. With over one hundred unreleased tracks, the twenty-one year old meticulously honed her songwriting, engineering and production skills for years while working in the music industry. Becket learned audio engineering and production in a rap and hip-hop recording studio and quickly honed her talents by taking on major commercial audio projects and working on local tour stops, including for Swae Lee, Grace Potter and Los Lobos. Her upcoming releases, which have a small band and singer-songwriter style, examine sapphic love, loss and familial toxicity. 

Production and engineering credits on “Toxic” include Becket, lilacjack, Zachary J. Savage and Holden Cowburn. Piper Payne (Steven Universe, LeAnn Rimes) with Infrasonic Mastering mastered the track. Toxic was released on all streaming platforms on March 30th, followed by an official lyric video and her independent radio debut on WVYC 88.1. Merchandise supporting the release is available on Becket’s website, along with an option to purchase the digital single. "Toxic" is available for streaming on all platforms.


“Becket has a long music career ahead of her.” - York College of Pennsylvania Communications Blog


“I wrote ‘Toxic’ about trying to help a close loved one in a mental health crisis. It was a really bad situation where I kept getting pulled into the chaos. The song is a reflection on why I kept going back to help, again and again. I figured, in some way, I must like the toxicity.”

- Tess Becket

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