And that’s it – the academic year is over. If anyone knows where the past year went, please let us know!
But, Track of the Week doesn’t stop for summer – so we’ve got some great new music for your listening enjoyment. This is BIMM Birmingham‘s FELIX with his single ‘Gold’. Trust us you will want to be adding this to your summer playlist!
What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?
I started writing this song when I was in a relationship and I saw her as being made of gold inside and out, the fact she had no idea she played a massive role lyrically. I had a self-reflection process before the song was released as we split up. However my initial view of her has never changed to this day; to me that is fascinating. I was fixated on the concept that everyone is made of gold in someone’s eyes.
Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?
Lyrically, I now draw a large part of my inspiration from the likes of BAZZI, NAO and Frank Ocean. They use a lot of imagery in their songs that I really like, as I am known for having a metaphor for EVERYTHING.
What is key to your sound and how do you make your music stand out?
There’s a face we all pull when a song just has that vibe. If my music doesn’t make me do that, then I haven’t hit it on the head. I don’t try too hard to stand out. I make music for myself and that might be selfish but if I don’t believe in it, no one else will. I never write to fit an expectation.
How does your songwriting process work?
It really varies, sometimes I’ll write in the studio, so the feel of what I’m producing influences the lyrics. But, with ‘Gold’ I wrote the first line sat on the bed of the girl who it’s about; waiting for her to come home from work. I sung a melody into my phone and got into the studio a few days later.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Gold is definitely bouncy, flirty and sentimental. But the songs on the way will be a lot easier to listen to than to describe. I’ll be bringing influences of hip-hop, R’n’B and rock, with extra sauce of indie and shoegaze.
How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
BIMM has really helped me with trial and error when it came to my artistic sound. The best parts are utilising the advice from the tutors and especially the career advisor, Collette.
What’s your favourite thing about BIMM?
I love how many people I have met and how many I have helped with anything I could have possibly done. I think having so many creatives in one space motivates you to be better.
What’s next for you?
A lot of new music, cool shows, growing with everyone who’s supporting my sound, and more songs that’ll make you pull that face.