Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Amelia Caesar

27th April 2018

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What was the inspiration behind your track?

When I moved to university I thought student life and putting your own touch on a house for the first time would be amazing – I didn’t realise how much I missed that homely feel in my parents house. My third year flat is the first time I’ve actually felt properly at home since moving to Brighton because it’s actually nice and not full of dirty plates and just dirt in general. I wrote this song within the first week of moving in. Just for some background knowledge, in my previous house, my boyfriend went to take a plug out of the socket and his hand went through the wall.

How did you go about writing it?

I literally just sat looking around at the flat and how lucky I felt and it just sort of fell out of my head. I started playing a finger picking pattern on the guitar and went from there. The lines “I hear your voice, you hear mine too, your voice haunts me, does mine haunt you” in the bridge are all about the “ghost” of previous student living situations I guess. I try not to let that make me cynical about future living situations, you can’t paint everyone with the same brush.

Do you have a favourite line/section?

I really like the bridge. I released my EP ‘Weep Like Giants’ back in June and since then my voice has developed a lot, only the people who see me live obviously get to see it. I have more confidence to really go for it and let lose a little bit more vocally. I feel the bridge finally captures this in the recording which I’ve been wanting to portray for a while.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Melodic, dark and ambient.

How do you feel your sound has developed since you started studying songwriting at BIMM?

I’ve learnt you’ve just got to do you, which I think has evolved my sound because I’m only writing what I want to write. I have more confidence that everyone has their own thing so I’ve got to work with my strengths. I like to think my lyrics now wrap around the guitar and vocal melodies rather than sounding a little more separate. I also used to only play acoustic whereas now I love experimenting with different pedals with my electric. It’s very inspiring for me.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

Definitely the opportunities. You can’t come to BIMM expecting to get the full experience just from going to lectures, you’ve got to put yourself out there and get to know the tutors and the opportunities will blow your mind. I’ve played in places like Oslo to Stockholm and last year I was lucky enough to play at a load of festivals like Glastonbury and 2000 Trees. It’s mad really.

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