Monday is here, and so is Track of the Week.
Since graduating, Finola has created some awesome new music and is making a name for herself in the Manchester music scene. Her latest release, ‘Better Off Without You’, is a country-pop hit with a similar vibe to Taylor Swift.
We are loving it! Listen now and scroll down to find out the inspiration behind the track.
What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?
‘Better Off Without You’ was inspired by a breakup I went through a couple of years ago. I previously released a different track called ‘Losing Value’, which openly describes the lack of worth I initially felt. ‘Better Off Without You’ is the redemption song about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s pretty self-explanatory lyrically speaking.
With both songs, I have written about that particular breakup. I wrote them as I was experiencing particular emotions. ‘Better Off Without You’ was written when I was obviously feeling a lot better about myself and my life. I was also listening to a lot more upbeat country-pop music. The main track that gave me inspiration was ‘Think About You’ by Lady Antebellum.
Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?
100%! I have a playlist on Spotify called Fin’s Country Faves and it is full of up-and-coming country artists, as well as well-established ones who probably all influence me as a writer. I would cite my main influences as Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay and Lady Antebellum.
What is key to your sound and how do you make your music stand out?
The main thing that I always try to communicate to my audience is honesty. All of my songs are personal in some way and it makes all the graft feel worthwhile when somebody tells me they relate to my music. It helps that I have an amazing band who help arrange the songs. Shout out to the lads Jack Wild (guitar), Nick Belfitt (bass) and Sam O’Reilly (drums).
How does your songwriting process work?
There’s isn’t a particular method that I always stick with in terms of what comes first out of music and lyrics. That varies every time. Sometimes, I’ll be in my coffee shop job and something will just pop into my head, so I’ll do a voice memo. Maybe I’ll be sat at home with my guitar and I’ll come up with a chord progression that I improvise over. I usually write the music and lyrics myself and then I take the song into the rehearsal space and the lads help me arrange a studio/full band version based on the sort of sound I want.
Describe your sound in three words…
Honest, relatable, Nashville.
How has studying at BIMM Institute helped you develop as an artist?
The best thing BIMM Institute has provided me with is the basis of a network. Working alongside other musicians has shown me how to incorporate different styles into my music and encouraged me to reach out to other people for opportunities. It’s super important to keep in touch with people and not be afraid to ask for what you want!
What’s next for you?
I’ve got some new material in-store that’s going to be released in the new year, including my first co-write! I’m also planning another tour, which I will share more about soon. So, all being well, 2020 will be a busy year full of new music!