Posted by: Xoe-B Date: 05 August 2018

One Step Back, Two Steps Forward!

Over the past year or so, I have been told by many people that life gets harder when you become an adult. I never believed them until the night before my EP launch gig when I received an email that accused me of Trademark Infringement. The email was unprofessional, derogatory and threatening. I was distraught.


I was very stressed (excited too - don’t get me wrong!) about my EP launch back in May and this email really tested me. I’m only 18 years old and to have a 30 year old be so undermining was very disheartening.


When someone comes along and tries to take all your hard work away from you, it is hard to comprehend.


I don’t know if you remember but a month or so ago I had announced that my EP had been taken down off all streaming and download services for a short time. This was because someone thought it was okay to accuse me of something I have not done and thus found a way to take my music down. At this point I really did start thinking about giving up. I thought, “What’s the point? Why go on if people want to tear me down?”. So, I stopped posting on social media for over a month in fear of what they were going to do.


Then my parents sat me down and said, “Why let them get away with this? If this is truly what you want to do for the rest of your life you have to learn to make it something positive”. I thought about what they said and it hit me like a tonne of bricks. I hate losing. This is a game I have to win; a test I have to pass.


So, I asked my close friends and family for any advice they could give me about what I should do. With their help and some legal support, the most logical thing to do was to have a stage name to separate my music to my personal life. This took a long time to conjure up but my amazing Mum (shout out to Rachael AKA Mummager) came up with using the letter X instead of Z. To cut a long story short, my stage name is Xoe-B!


I’m excited that this name still represents me and my music but it’s still different to my birth name.


From this experience I have learnt that just because people get older, doesn’t mean that people always become wiser. There are people out there that don’t think before they speak and although it may hurt, there is always a way to turn it into something positive.


One other result of this is that I am now a part of the Musicians Union which definitely has its benefits! I have insurance for my music related equipment and for public liability too! The learning curve has been so steep, but feel it will enhance my resilience for the future. Also, I have now got a logo for myself which is really amazing, massive thanks to Jake Hooker for creating them for me, I love them so much! It feels like I am starting to make the transition into being a professional musician and I cannot wait to see what the future brings.


The full change from Zoe-Beth to Xoe-B could take a couple of weeks as there is a lot of background things to change and update as well as the things that you can see. Me and my team are working very hard to get everything done ready for the next chapter of my career, titled Xoe-B.


Remember - for every one step back, take two steps forward.