Miranda Amess: You and I

TRACK OF THE WEEK

It’s Track of the Week time again! This week we feature BIMM Manchester Songwriting Student, Miranda Amess!

What was the inspiration behind your track?
I was actually away working from the UK in Australia when I wrote this track. I was missing home, and finding it hard to maintain my relationships there. Ultimately the songs theme is about the struggle of keeping a relationship fresh and healthy, but being bombarded with difficulties and obstacles along the way.

What did your songwriting process involve?
At the time I was sharing a room with another musician. Her sleeping pattern was so off (waking up at 4pm going to sleep at 4am!), so she’d always be keeping me up. One night I’d had enough, so I went backstage and played the piano for a little while. I started by playing the basic chord structure, and I guess I was just in an emotive mood, because the lyrics just started to flow. Within half an hour I had written the song.

What things do you do differently to other bands?
I’m very lucky with the connections I have made within the industry. I work very closely with Dean Nelson of Generation Studios in Maidenhead. We work incredibly well together, and throughout the last few years Dean has learnt how I want my music to sound. Without Dean, my music would be a pick n’ mix of lots of different influences and sounds, so I’m incredibly lucky to have someone so focused on what I do.

Can you describe your sound in three words?
Soulful, Emotive, Electronic.

Have you channeled any artist in particular on this track?
When I was writing the song, I thought it could have a very London Grammar inspired sound, but now looking back, the production is influenced more by Noah Cyrus – Stay Together.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
For me BIMM is all about what you make of it. The networking, the tutorials (especially with BBC Introducing’s Natalie Eve Williams), but also, BIMM has given me the motivation and the confidence to go out and create a career for myself.

What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
I’ve got many sayings – all of which use inappropriate language – so I’m unsure I can say those here! But the best music advice I’ve ever been given is to focus on the music. I for one focus too much on the social media/business side of things, when actually if you have an amazing song everything else will fall naturally into place.

What’s next for you?
After the release of ‘You & I’ I’m starting my Vlogmas, which is basically where I get very merry and do some silly things to help viewers get into the Christmas spirit. Then I’m taking some time out to write and record my debut EP which will be released early next year.

POSTED ON: November 27, 2017
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