Monday is here, and it’s officially December!
We may be in the final countdown of 2019, but we’ve still got some awesome Track of the Week’s for you to enjoy. This week we’re listening to former BIMM London Student Rivita and her latest release ‘Someone Else’s Arms’. Her sound is a concoction of pop beats, eastern vibes and electronic synth – and it’s warming us up on this December morning!
Listen to the track below, and find out more about the track.
What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?
In 2017, I had just moved to the USA and between the MA program that I was pursuing, trying to settle into a new culture and making new friends, I felt like I was not focusing on writing music, so I decided to write one song every day. This was the first song I wrote when I took on that “challenge”. It was interesting, I didn’t have to work too hard to be inspired or to find material to write about. I would pick up my guitar and start writing and the music would just flow.
Inspiration wise, I believe that we all have people in our lives who we never forget and they always come into our mind no matter how far we are from them. The first line of the lyric “It always comes back to you my friend” conveys that message and I’ll leave the rest for the listeners to interpret for themselves.
Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?
Yes, of course. These past couple of months I have been listening to Kacey Musgraves, Kimbra, John Legend, John Mayer and many others. Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to see many of these artists live and it is interesting that seeing them on-stage made me understand their perspective and their music better. It really helps to study other artists, writers and their work. But why stop at just musical artists? There have been many books, movies and autobiographies that sometimes give me food for thought too.
What is key to your sound and how do you make your music stand out?
Making music directly translates to the relationship you have with yourself and the world around you. I have always tried to be the most authentic version of myself when it comes to my music in any given moment. For me, making music is self-exploration. I often go back to my roots while writing and producing music, my sound always touches on the fact that I am from India and how I have grown as a world traveller, as a musician and a person. The only way I can truly make my music stand out is by being myself in my most natural, unchanged and uninhibited form.
How does your songwriting process work?
It totally depends on the song. Sometimes I will start singing into my phone with a new idea while walking down the street. Sometimes I’ll sit with my keyboard or guitar and start playing a few chords and sometimes I’ll have a concept in mind that I want to translate into a song. Most of the time, I get the lyric and melody in my mind first and take it from there. This particular song, I wrote with my guitar, I guess I started strumming four chords and there it was!
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Ethnic, alternative, mystical.
How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
My time at BIMM really shaped the foundation of who I am as an artist. It was where I got to explore different genres and come to the realisation and discover the genres I really liked. I still remember the day when I had my first lesson in Logic at the old Tech Music School campus in Acton and since then I have spent each and every day writing and composing on Logic, and there is still so much to learn and achieve!
At BIMM, I collected the basic tools of being an artist, a performer, a producer and a part of the music industry. I still look at the scores from some of the songs I studied at BIMM or my notes from the times when I was stuck while writing.
What’s next for you?
I am currently working on my 2nd E.P. which is bound for a 2020 release. It is slowly and steadily coming to life and it is quite exciting. Apart from being in the studio, writing and producing, I am a performer and I play shows regularly. I have been performing across the United States – I have played shows in various cities here and will continue to perform with my new material. I am hoping that in 2020, I’ll get to tour and to share my new music with the world. Until then, I must get back into the studio and finish mixing my next track!