Mondays don’t have to be blue, especially when they’re soundtracked by Rye Milligan’s brilliant new single “Get Out Girl”, which we’ve handpicked for our track of the week. The BIMM London graduate has had an absolute belter of a year, including performances at Glastonbury, Radio 1 airplay and the release of his debut EP, “Rhinoceros”. We caught up with the man himself to discuss his latest release.
What was the inspiration behind your track?
“It’s a break up song. So, that part may speak for itself really!”
What did your process involve?
“I made this beat in my bedroom in my third year. Using a MacBook running Cubase, a pair of KRK’s and my trusty Rachel Riley mousemat. I jumbled this track together recording and writing the song as I went. It being a break up song, I wanted to include two sides of the story and not just focus on my own view point. So, I wrote the second verse to demonstrate this, but I didn’t have a female singer in mind to perform on the track.
Around the same time of writing this, I played at one of the Songcircles events and so did Mathilda. She smashed it. She even made a fan out of Becky Jones Head of Songwriting. So we met, and I asked her to sing on this song.
I then took it to a mate I’ve worked on nearly every song with, Oli Morgan (former Bimm production student) who now works at Fluid Mastering. He tidied things up, reigning in my 808 bass samples. I had them even louder in the mix before believe it or not. I’m a bass fiend! He worked his mastering magic and that finished it off.
The track then got spun on BBC Introducing and was described as “Perfect Pop” by Adam Walton.”
Is there a specific line/moment that stands out in the song, and why?
“The mid 8 section always makes me laugh because initially, I recorded my housemate James singing the female part, to give Mathilda a point of reference. It sounded hilarious. I think it threw Mathilda off or something, because in the end, she had to come over to mine to record that section. Something was lost in translation with James’ heart felt take.”
Can you describe your sound in three words?
“Hmm… not really.”
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
Being on the course gave me the luxury of time to develop as a songwriter. When actually in uni, the feedback we’d receive on our music during A&R sessions in the Songwriting lessons was always very helpful. Everyone’s song was listened to intently and areas were highlighted or ideas were thrown out to help better our tracks. Having that person to show songs to and bounce ideas off was very valuable.”