Songwriting for me, like many others, was the first way I was able to really focus my feelings and express ideas creatively. I found that if I was able to write a song about a certain emotion or event, I would better understand and process it. I began songwriting when I was quite young without realising what I was doing really, it was just something that seemed to happen and become more present after being involved in choirs and classical singing lessons, as well as listening to more music and going to gigs. I really value my training as a classical singer as it wasn’t an area of music I initially identified with or even thought was for me. As I began to sing more classical pieces as well as singing pop music, I felt it made my songwriting more individual and the fear of being confined to one type of music became less present. Even though it may not be heard where all my musical influences come from in my sound, I’m happy to be able to find inspiration from many different genres, artists and bands. Having now been in different projects, bands and studying music, I really found a love in collaborating with people on their projects and writing individually too. I feel words can say so much and lyrics, even in their simplest form, can focus emotions, giving a song the ability to represent so many people or a way to find connection with something in a concentrated structure. This year I am currently working with other artists and bands on different projects. As well as being in the process of writing my debut EP I hope to release this year.
I really wanted to be involved in the Beth Orton residency as I love being around other creatives. To be inspired by different people, collaborate with them, as well as having the opportunity to work with Beth and AFRODEUTSCHE. Being able to learn more about what they have discovered through the years within the music industry and how I can apply this to my own career. Having the guidance and advice from them as well as learning from all others taking the course with me will be so valuable and an exciting experience I’m very grateful for. I’m really looking forward to just making music, having fun and meeting everyone!