Sara Ci - About the Thrill

Track of the Week

Monday is here, and it’s the last one in August. What? We’re not quite sure where the summer went but at the same time we’re super excited to welcome everyone to/back to our colleges very soon!

Our new Track of the Week comes from BIMM Berlin’s Sara Ci, with her mixture of fresh pop and R&B. We are loving the vibes of this track and think you will too!

What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?
I was in Almere (Netherlands), working with Daniel Wullems, a Producer who I met a year ago, who produced/mixed and mastered the track. We were working in his home-studio and the moment we started to put the chords down he said “We should write a song about cheating, I feel this is the vibe.” I instantly laughed cause I have never cheated in my life and I remember he answered me with “Well, it’s time to start cheating Sara!” And well, I made that happen in the music video certainly.

Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?
I am going to try not to answer with only names and instead explain why. I am a very big fan of the 90s and early 2000s. Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, NSYNC, many others. I think they are my biggest influences. NSYNC for sounds and instrumentation, Keys and Winehouse as singers.

Currently, Ariana Grande is the biggest influence I have. It sounds cliché, but I think (as a songwriter) Ariana is where I can see myself the most. She writes about her life’s struggles and in some songs I can really picture myself in the same situation as she was. She is great. Honestly, her songs are catchy and the way she writes them is pure and straight forward.

What is key to your sound and how do you make your music stand out?
I describe my sound as thick, because I absolutely love a thick bass line. I love the bass, always have. It’s one of the fundamental elements in my songs. There needs to be sound (unless it’s a lento. I could make an exception for that).

I want to connect with my lyrics. I want the audience to reflect themselves in my songs and also reinterpret them. So far, the lyrics is what is making my music stand out. Also, it needs to be catchy… It could be something that you sing in the shower or a song that you are singing when you go through a breakup or to an angry moment. I really would love to connect with every emotion, kinda making my life a musical!

How does your songwriting process work?
It’s a very vague question for me, as it really depends who I am working with. If I am writing all by myself, I usually start with the vocal melody line: I sing the melody idea, recorded with my phone and then after couple of days go back at it and write some lyrics.

It’s funny ’cause I have all the recordings on my phone saved as “Neue Aufnahme” (yes, in German because I am “trying” to learn the language). Currently, it’s the Aufnahme number 465. I changed my phone three months ago. I am not good in math and this is not a grab, I just know whenever I have a melody in my mind, I record it, because you’ll never know!

I usually try to find a topic for the lyrics, something I am going through at that time. I don’t necessarily write everything with rhymes, at least not in English. When it comes to Italian, then I do my best to come up with rhymes. For example, when I wrote “About The Thrill” with Wullems, the process was slightly different. Simply, we first come up with the chords and some production, then we wrote the lyrics together.

I need to say he really helped me to write a first decent pop song and gave me a lot of advice concerning current pop structures and also about how to write a catchy chorus and dynamic pre-chorus. I really enjoyed my time collaborating, more than writing alone. I think it just gets more creative with two brains instead of one. I hope I will get the opportunity to write more with people in the future.

Describe your sound in 3 words…
Fresh, thick and harmonious.

How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
Studying at BIMM has been a delight so far. I have met wonderful and talented people who are now, at least some of them, friends. There is nothing better. I come from a small province in Italy, where it was hard for me to find people to work with, music-wise.

More-so, it was hard to find somebody to share my passion with. The moment I arrived at BIMM I felt welcomed immediately. Everybody wanted to get to know you as an artist. Hours in school and hours with other musicians are helping me to find myself. I think right now I am halfway there. I got connected with the music world in a different way and got the chance to work with very talented people.

It’s challenging sometimes to find somebody to play and to go along with music wise. The college really helped me with this, as there is a huge variety of culture and backgrounds. It makes you evolve as an artist and as a person and I am grateful I got the opportunity to be part of it.

What’s next for you?
Honestly, I have loads of ideas in mind. But I want to keep some ideas for myself, at least until something is actually confirmed. I would like to start a production course/master degree, because I think nowadays it’s important to have that level of knowledge.

Plus, I like messing around with Ableton and Logic from time to time, but I would love to make something out of it that’s listenable. And on the other side, I’d like to be more independent in my production. That’s one thing, then… I just want to write, write, work, work, try not to lose and create opportunities on my way!

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POSTED ON: August 23, 2019
  • Berlin