It’s time for Track of the Week! This week we’re featuring the debut single from BIMM Dublin Alumna Mimi Lane, this is ‘I’m So Scared’ – enjoy.
What inspired you when writing this track?
I was going through a lot at the time of writing this song, so the lyrics really reflect the whole idea of being a young adult in a big scary world. Mental health would be a a topic I write a lot about, whether it be anxieties about the future, worrying about my appearance or what others think of me; the constant inner critic gnawing away at me. ‘I’m So Scared’ really reflected the whole idea of the human want and need for acceptance as well as accepting oneself.
Were there any particular musical influences while you were writing?
Not one in particular but I always take influence from a small bunch of songwriters. Sia and Jeff Buckley would always influence the way I write lyrics and melodies. Vocally, I take a lot of influence from Paloma Faith, Whitney Houston and Ariana Grande. In ‘I’m So Scared’ there are a couple of whistle notes that are definitely reminiscent of a young Whitney or Mariah Carey. The non lexical section in the post chorus would be an influence from both Sia and Jeff Buckley.
Is there anything you do to try and make your music stand out?
I always try to show off my voice in my songs, this comes from a deeply expressive place. I also write a lot about mental health and the hardships of life rather than love and heartbreak. I don’t try to avoid any one way of writing nor do I try to write in a certain way – I just go with what comes out and I work on the piece from there and let my art grow into what it wants to be, not what I think a particular person might prefer or favour.
How does your songwriting process work?
Usually, I’ll get inspiration from something that’s going on in my life or a small object might give me a concept and I’ll head to the piano and start in a minor key. The melody comes next and then the lyrics. Other times my songwriting process is sort of subconscious. I express myself by writing the song and figuring it out afterwards. I’ll usually start with a piano line and work on a non lexical melody. But some days I’ll just hear a melody in my head and I’ll grab my notebook and it will all come flooding out. I’m glad that I can write the way I do because it’s an amazing form of expression. I usually feel a weight lift once I complete a song and that’s a great feeling of satisfaction.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Dark… poppy… expressive…
How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
I got to work with some amazing songwriting tutors who helped me grow as a songwriter. I booked tutorials every week to get the best rounded opinions on a draft of lyrics or a demo of a song I’m working on. I also learned how to get over performance anxiety by channelling all the nerves into positive energy on stage. I think of everything when preparing for a show because BIMM taught me all the ins and outs of making a good show. Lights, wardrobe, makeup, performance, visuals, etc… BIMM also helped me understand the importance of an artist’s wellbeing. It really is the whole package in terms of becoming the best artist you can be.
What’s your favourite thing about studying at BIMM?
My favourite thing has to be the opportunities BIMM provides. You get to work with some amazing musicians both tutors and students, you get to meet industry heads who you can build relationships with, you can get up in front of a big crowd and receive some of the best objective and constructive feedback, the masterclasses, the tutorials, the gigs. I could go on forever because the list really is endless!
Anything exciting coming up you can share?
I’m currently securing some headline gigs for March and April as well as planning my next release and applying for some festivals this summer! Follow me on my socials or updates on gig dates and releases. Or find everything in the one place on my website.
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