This weeks track comes from Brighton-based Neo-Soul outfit, The Isle of CC.
We caught up with Serena to discover the story behind the song…
What was the inspiration behind your track?
When I was writing this track I had never been in a serious relationship, however I had witnessed a mixture of happy and unhappy relationships. So I tried to imagine what it would be like to be in an unhealthy relationship. The constant battle where one person is trying to make it work but other has given up, but neither want to be single so as a result they stay together.
What did your songwriting process involve?
I was reading through an article and certain words caught my eye, so I decided every time I see a word I like I’ll jot it down in the memo section of my phone. Since I don’t play an instrument, I listened to a few instrumentals in the genre that I was after. Having a few buzz words and listening to instrumentals helped me create Losing.
What things do you do differently to other bands?
I like to write songs not only about personal experiences but subjects that get people conversing, even if it’s an uncomfortable subject. I also like to incorporate spoken word in my work which is usually quite personal, open and a bit raw.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Compelling, distinctive, soulful.
Have you channeled any artist in particular on this track?
Yes this has Erykah Badu written all over it.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
It might sound cliché but being surrounded by lots of different musicians has been the best for me, it has helped me to become more versatile with style and genre. For example I never would have dreamed of auditioning an Alice and Chains song or a Skunk Anansie song, or singing a metal song in (LPW) Live Performance Workshop. After exploring these different genres I feel as though I have no barriers, which I feel really helps me creatively.
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
Write, just write every day.
What’s next for you?
I’ve got an EP that I’ve been working on with my producer Pandaux, which is due to come out early next year called Agoraphobia. There will also be an EP release show so make sure you look out for it.
I am also doing a little show called Tea with CC which will start mid-November. In a nutshell I’ll be talking to people about the music they listen to and the new music they have discovered over a lovely brew. However the catch is it will all be live so whatever happens, happens. You’ll be able to tune in on my Facebook Page to watch Tea with CC.
Check out The Isle of CC…