It’s Monday, and we’ve got another new Track of the Week for you all! Here’s Mercy’s Cartel with ‘6 Tears’
What was the inspiration behind your track?
I was inspired by the end of a past relationship. That experience, alongside group therapy, was really pivotal for me. I wanted to channel the anger and strength I felt into a track that was catchy, danceable and vulnerable.
What did your songwriting process involve?
I start off by writing my songs on guitar and piano as melody is really important to me. I usually start by making the melodies of different sections then go back and write in lyrics. This songwriting process for this song wasn’t that straight forward. It took time to streamline what I wanted to say to this individual.
What do you try and do differently, to make your sound stand out?
My producer, Outhouse, and I spend a while working on arrangement when we produce. We ‘go ham’ on trying to add complimentary elements and melodies the track. I’m Nigerian, so showcasing aspects of my heritage is important to me. I tend to use a lot of call and response and chant-like backing vocals; I learned this all in church. Live instruments also made it sound more authentic. I composed some live horns and we recorded bongos to add to this Nigerian ‘praise and worship’ sound. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m bringing something new to the table – hopefully!
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Soulful, grand and vibey
Are there any particular artists that inspired you whilst writing the track?
I was inspired by the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti for the composition of majestic sounding horns and complex drum patterns. I’m always inspired by the singing-rap style of Chance The Rapper and Erykah Badu. Also, I listened to U.K. Hip-hop artists such as Jelani Blackman and Kojey Radical.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
I have an amazing amount of access to the facilities at BIMM such as the recording studios or and mixing suites. I wouldn’t be able to create as much quality content as I have in the past year without BIMM.
How has BIMM helped you develop as an Artist?
Doing my first year assignments in Artist Development and Music Business pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me realise I could release my own music with out major label backing. I took what BIMM taught me and ran with it.
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
‘Be smart and prolific.’ – The guys at Optimum Mastering told me that. To me, that means I have to keep being creative and invest my time into releasing quality content. I’ve learned it’s okay to be a bit manic and dream big. However, its vital for your well being to take baby steps. As long as you’re prolific, business-minded and getting yourself out there, things will fall into place (fingers crossed).
Anything exciting coming up you can share?
I found out I’m headlining a show at London Fashion Week 18 – which is crazy and very random. I’m also excited to announce an ongoing collaboration with the vintage clothing brand We Are Cow. We’re having a release party for the remix of ‘6 Tears’ at the Thrift Store on 9th of October! This year I’m also supporting acts such as Etta Bond and Noya Roa and, playing gigs in Bristol and London. Any news will be posted on my socials: @mercyscartel