How’s everyone enjoying July? If you’re getting the mid-month blues and want some new music to keep you going, then look no further!
This week’s Track of the Week comes from BIMM London Alumna, Celine Love, and her latest release ‘Rose Coloured’.
What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?
All the imagery in the songs are direct memories from my childhood. I was feeling nostalgic writing the lyrics and wanted to write something with personal detail yet a universal story that anyone could relate to: That sometimes we wish we could abandon adulthood and see the world as when we were kids. No jealousy, no self doubt, no evils in the world.
Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?
When I feel like writing a deep, poetic song then I draw from artists like Hozier or Jeff Buckley. But sometimes I’m more in the mood for clever, whitty lyrics like those of Julia Micheals. A happy medium are artists like Lianne La Havas.
What is key to your sound and how do you make your music stand out?
I have only recently discovered this and I believe on a production level my sound stems from being lazy. I started using drum samples, loops and played simple chords. Now I have realised that I actually enjoy the simplicity and prefer to write and produce like this even after working with people who could make my songs sound more complex. I also use a loop and harmony pedal live and like making the songs sound similar to how they sound on stage, letting the vocal and harmony be the focal point. It’s also not easy to put in one box.
How does your songwriting process work?
I usually already have half a song written in my head before I sit down to finish it. I am not one to task myself with writing a song and finishing it from start to finish then and there. I like being able to look into my phone or notebook and puzzle random lyrics together that I have previously written until a topic emerges.
Before I think of the melody too much I usually pick up the guitar and hum and sing in gibberish until I find the core melody. Once I have done this the song is usually written within 10-20 minutes. It is just that the piecing of lyrics takes days instead. I am very picky when it comes to content and lyricism.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Soulful Indie Pop? difficult ;)
How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
The best thing I took from BIMM is the vast majority of different songs I had to write. Sometimes we did exercises that seemed silly at first but sparked a song I never would have written otherwise. I go back and listen to the songs I wrote in first year compared to now, having graduated with notebooks full of songs and can really hear the growth.
What’s next for you?
‘Rose Coloured’ is only the beginning, so now I am finishing recording my first EP with some amazing talents helping me out. Simultaneously, I’m writing the next one and am excited to introduce a full band to my new music for the first time.