Wait, it’s September? When did that happen! This week we’re beginning to welcome our new students at BIMM Dublin!
To kick start the new week, and month; we’ve got a brand new Track of the Week for you all. This is a beautiful release from BIMM Dublin Songwriter Clodagh. Take a listen below and find out the inspiration behind the track.
What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?
This track is about realising that you can’t always get it right and how it can make you feel when you don’t. It’s about being kind to yourself when this does happen, but also being honest.
“Speaking with the same tongue, breathing through the same lungs” means that if you don’t change how can you expect things around you to change. It is also an open and honest dialogue about how I personally feel when my mental health isn’t great, during low points.
Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?
I am inspired by artists like Lisa Hannigan; her way with words is so beautiful and she uses the most unusual melodies and chords progressions. She has mastered her craft in a truly unique way. Tom Odell is another inspiration, I could listen to his piano ballads all day, everyday. I guess I’m influenced by nature and that is something I see reflected in these artists that I try to incorporate into my writing.
What is key to your sound and how do you make your music stand out?
I like to think it’s the harmonies. The first band I was in had four singers and a guitar, so we loved our harmonies and that has always stayed with me. I do a lot of backing vocals in college as well. Although I am influenced by a lot of things, I really try to interpret it in a way that makes it my own.
How does your songwriting process work?
I was once told that when you’re writing you should try and see yourself as a channel for music to pass through, because it makes you less judgemental of what you write. I try to do that, then I can judge it afterwards. I also write lyrics in my free time to revert to if I’m ever stuck and then I go to the piano and mess around with chords until I find something that sticks.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Harmonies, chill and honest.
How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
BIMM turned what started as a hobby into a career, so I have a lot more motivation to write. It also gave me tools to use so that I’m never stuck for inspiration, and also taught me that not everything you write has to be for just you, so be open to everything.
What’s next for you?
I am releasing this single just before my EP “In All Of Your Glory”, so promoting that is my big focus at the moment. After that, I’m going to focus on fourth year, so I’ll be writing this year and hopefully doing a lot of the background bits and pieces so that once I finished my exams I can dive straight back into it all.