A new week, a new term and a brand new Track of the Week. Kickstart this new week with ‘Downtown’ from BIMM London’s Juliet Sen. Enjoy…
What inspired you when writing this track?
At the time I found relationship between men and women very complicated. So, I spontaneously wrote a song to say : let’s simply enjoy the relationship we have. Let’s hang out in the town and feel the dynamic of the city.
Were there any particular musical influences while you were writing?
Over this period, I was listening to Lianne La Havas and Izzy Bizu a lot.
In general, my music background is made of a mix between French and English artists such as Jain, Hoshi, Jade Bird and Kaleo.
Is there anything you do to try and make your music stand out?
I like doing syncopated melodies and find an interesting way to place words. I try to create accessible melodies to interact with the audience, as I want people to sing and dance to my music.
I try to write songs mixing different genres. I often use the bridge to create a new soundscape and I like having really different parts in my songs to create a surprise effect.
How did your songwriting process work?
I always use memos on my phone when I have ideas. These ideas become songs two or three days later. Depending on the mood, I’ll play the piano or guitar. Fun fact, I feel more comfortable with a guitar to write songs while my main instrument is the piano. For instance, I wrote ‘Downtown’ on the guitar.
I noticed that I write a lot after going to a gig; live music really inspires me.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Warm, dynamic, spontaneous.
How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
I started BIMM with the Diploma in Popular Music Performance -Vocals, which helped me to improve my vocal technique and gave me good daily practice exercises. The Songwriting course gave me efficient songwriting techniques in order to write songs easily, even if I don’t have a lot of inspiration. To sum up, BIMM really helped me to become more professional for my future career as a singer songwriter.
What’s your favourite thing about BIMM?
First of all, I am very impressed by the gear we have at BIMM London. The instruments, rehearsals rooms and studios allow us to work in the best conditions. Then, I love the BIMM network; gigs, events and opportunities such as Infinite Sounds or Amplify.
Anything exciting coming up you can share?
Yes ! I am very excited about the release of my first music video for ‘Downtown’ in April. I cant wait to share it with you!