Oh May, the magical month of two bank holidays! To help you celebrate, here’s a brand new Track of the Week from BIMM Bristol’s Chrissie Huntley…
What was the inspiration behind your track?
The song was inspired by a poem I wrote for my brother who suffers with mental health issues. I moved to Bristol to be more honest with myself and make music that felt true to me, and this is the first song that I wrote since moving to the city, and studying at BIMM.
What did your songwriting process involve?
After writing the poem, I started to put certain sections to a melody. As I am a complete beginner when it comes to instrumentation, I simply began by making a basic ‘lullaby-esque’ backing track idea on GarageBand, and then sent this demo out to students within BIMM and we workshopped the song into what it is now. The best part about this is that this is the song that brought these guys and I together as a band and we’re still going strong today!
What do you try and do differently, to make your sound stand out?
I just try to be honest. I’m not very good at speaking about my feelings, and the only way I could communicate my affection and empathy towards my brother was by doing it through something creative. I find that music often acts as a language for people who find it hard to communicate their feelings otherwise.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Pure, warm, soulful.
Are there any particular artists that inspired you whilst writing the track?
Not particularly for this track, I just tried to let it be as organic as possible. However, I am a big fan of Lianne La Havas and Jeff Buckley when it comes to songwriting. Overall, I’m influenced by a wide range of genres- my next release is more Joss Stone inspired, and some of my all time favourite bands include Alt-J and Muse, so musical inspiration really can come from anywhere and anything!
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
Getting to do and talk about music everyday, discovering things that you can do that you never thought you could, and being surrounded by so much talent!
How is BIMM helping you develop as an artist?
Before coming to BIMM I was suffering with anxiety and panic attacks, and performing was starting to become a bit of a fear of mine, which it never had been before. Since being at BIMM, having the opportunity to perform in front of people at least 2 or 3 times a week has massively boosted my confidence, and since moving I haven’t had a single attack and couldn’t be happier! Also, all of the expert knowledge and opportunities have enabled me to start gigging regularly with my band with confidence, as well as improving my understanding of the industry a lot more.
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
Literally just ‘do it’. My music teacher at college instilled this in me- sometimes when I feel unmotivated or lethargic, I just remind myself that there are thousands of other people who are working their butts off to progress their music career, so when I’m umm-ing and ahhh-ing about whether I should or not- I just ‘do it’!
Anything exciting coming up you can share?
Very excited to announce that ‘If Only I Could’ is the very first of a series of releases of mine, and is due to be released this summer! So keep your eyes and ears peeled for updates! We also have some exciting summer festival announcements coming soon- check out my socials for details!