Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Ritzy Park

16th June 2017

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What was the inspiration behind your track?

I wrote “My my my” when I was 16 years old in the middle of the high school confusion! It was my way of expressing how I felt at that time.

What did your process involve?

I had just started learning guitar picking, and had started to become pretty good at it. I wanted to try it out and started jamming on an A major. During this time I was extremely into grunge, which I guess you can kind of hear in the chord progression!

I just started singing some sort of melody, starting with the verse… I’m not sure where I got “My my my” from, it just came to me for some reason. I was very insecure about my songwriting at this point, but luckily my sister caught me singing it and convinced me to play the whole thing. Afterwards she said: “Oh my god, this is really good!”, and it gave me the confidence to keep working on it. I performed it for the first time one year later with a full band at a school concert.
Often I’ve wanted to throw it away and thought “this song sucks,” but after changing it a few times I’ve decided to keep the original lyrics and chords that my younger self wrote. I’m happy I did, the song would probably not have been this honest if I hadn’t.

Is there a specific line that stands out in the song, and why?

“Do you have a clue of what I try to hide, would you like to understand the pain I’ve put in shadow of my stubborn pride”. I think it’s a sentence that many people can relate to. We’re all afraid to show people our sadness and pain when we have it, and that can be a very lonely thing to carry on your own. Maybe writing a song like this can help someone collect the courage to be themselves at all times, whether you’re happy or sad.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Oh, that’s a tough one. I guess folk rock, melodic and emotional.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

It’s just been absolutely mind blowing to study here! I have learned so much about music and myself as an artist in a very short period of time. I’ve developed skills about production, mixing, songwriting and the music business in general, and I’ve got so many amazing opportunities to perform, record and network through BIMM!

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