It’s Monday and that can mean only one thing – a new track of the week! This final track of February comes from BIMM London alumna Kelly Jane.
What was the inspiration behind your track?
The inspiration came at the start of summer when I was about to finish uni and head to America to travel and teach music. It felt like a new beginning and I wanted to create a song that took a journey from start to finish which felt exciting, uplifting and fun
What did your songwriting process involve?
I wrote the intro for saviour in London and the rest of the song during summer working at Camp America in Greely-Pennsylvania. I had one hour break-a-day where I would take my acoustic and sit in the forest, there were no distractions at all, so I was able to keep adding hooks and lyric ideas. Each day I went back with a fresh mind and developed the rhythms and melodies. When the song was finished, I wrote some backing vocal parts before getting a rehearsal room with the full band. We played through altogether, each musician developing the ideas and adding their own flavour. This is where the song really came alive! It’s my favourite thing to hear your original song come to life with a full band of amazing musicians.
What things do you do differently to other bands?
I like to experiment – mixing my singer songwriter acoustic style with other rhythms and genres.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Soulful, Lyrical, Smooth
Have you channeled any artist in particular on this track?
Not anyone in particular for this song, but I absolutely adore Corinne Bailey Rae, Lianne La Havas, Allen Stone, Jack Johnson…
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
Being connected with so many amazing musicians who are now my close friends. It feels so satisfying to know I have a close knit music community around me.
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
In regards to creativity and songwriting, my favourite piece of advice is to never force anything. Go out and be inspired naturally. Even though it’s frustrating, it always seems way more fulfilling to know that the music has come from a personal place. I’ve always written from personal feelings and experiences and that’s why I enjoy the writing process so much!
What’s next for you?
I’ve been writing lots of new material and recording. I want to keep performing and releasing my original music live and play festivals!
Photo by Luke Hodgkins