Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Ellisha Green

29th March 2019

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What was the inspiration/is there a story behind your track?

I’ve continuously debated whether going into music was a good idea or not. I have a nasty habit of comparing myself to other people (as most of us do), so after a bad gig or just a general bad day with music, it can take a knock on your self-esteem. When you’re delving into yourself for inspiration on a daily basis, it’s bound to open up some issues. The song is quite literal, asking my mum whether all of this is worth it. I look up to my mum for a lot of guidance. The message of the song is quite negative but as long as I try my hardest, which is a line in the chorus, I think that’s the main thing. It’s cheesy, but true.

How did you approach writing this song?

Honestly, I woke up with the chorus in my head…and then forgot about it for ages. I worked on it for a bit but it didn’t flow very well, so I thought it best to move on from it. Fast forward a few months down the line and I came upon a little voice memo called ‘mother, tell me’. I gave it a listen and then managed to finish the song there and then. I’m pretty glad I found it. I always work on songs using just acoustic guitar and vocals as I personally love focusing on lyrics and melodies within a song. And I’m also terrible with technology. Don’t judge.

Do you have a favourite line/section of the song?

‘I’m ugly in the prettiest way.’ My confidence has never been great but I’m always adamant to not be too harsh on myself. I may not be super-model material but I’ve accepted that and that’s something.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Delicate, passionate storytelling.

How do you feel your sound has developed from studying at BIMM?

I feel like the music I write now is evolving into more of a jazzy genre. I’m also more confident to experiment with ideas more. A song I’ve been working on recently goes into an irregular time signature which I would’ve never thought of before studying at BIMM.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The people. My tutors are amazing and so encouraging when it comes to new ideas. They’re not only professional, but they’re always there for you if you need some help with anything. I don’t feel like there is any competitiveness with the people in my class either, it’s all just super supportive. We’re all there for the love of music and that is pretty special.

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Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.