Hello Monday, hello Track of the Week! This week from BIMM Manchester Alumna, Finola…
What was the inspiration behind your track?
Losing Value describes the aftermath of a heartbreak. After going through a nasty break up, I was struggling to find self-worth. This song is essentially me getting everything off my chest.
What did your songwriting process involve?
It was very straightforward actually! I picked up my guitar and started improvising lyrics and chords. The personal story behind the song made it easier to come up with lyrics, because I knew what I wanted to say.
What do you try and do differently, to make your sound stand out?
Generally speaking, I try to bring a Country sound to the forefront as it is not as represented in the UK as much as other genres. Although Losing Value has more of a pop sound, my band and I tried to include country tones to make it more of FINOLA sound. Besides that, I just try to be honest with my songwriting, keeping it authentic.
Are there any particular artists that inspired you whilst writing the track?
I listened to a lot of Dixie Chicks around the time that Losing Value was written, and there is a song by Gabrielle called “Out Of Reach” which inspired me lyrically with “I never had your heart”.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
Meeting so many talented and like-minded musicians. I would not have met my band (Jack Wild, Nick Belfitt, Sam O’Reilly) if I didn’t study there!
How did BIMM help you develop as an Artist?
Working alongside songwriters with different styles to me helped develop my writing as it encouraged me to experiment with writing styles I had never thought to use before. I also learned how to direct a band by studying at BIMM, which has been really valuable as a solo artist.
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
Two things…As cliché as it sounds, “be your true self.” You can’t please everyone but people relate to authenticity, and it is the best feeling to know that people relate to my stories.
Secondly…SUPPORT OTHER ARTISTS. I’ve done well recently to sell out my last 3 self-promoted shows, but I think that is partly because I have made the effort to go to other peoples’ gigs. You can’t expect to sell out your gigs and have a huge turn out if you don’t go out of your way to support other artists.
Anything exciting coming up you can share?
YES! Once the band and I have done our London gig we are going to be focusing on getting ready for our next big gig with DHP, supporting the amazing Carl North & The Lonely Hearts at Night People on the 1st June. We are excited to share the stage with good friends and amazing musicians.