Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Georgie Femme

3rd May 2019

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

Last year, my dentist told me I’m not allowed to eat sugar any more. I found it really hard to stop, especially because I adore sugary coffees and fruit juices. It just so happens that this all took place shortly after I’d ended a relationship with someone I really liked and still have a lot of respect for, but who couldn’t give me any personal space. I saw some parallels between the two circumstances and this song felt like a natural conclusion.

How did you approach writing this song?

Usually, I write my lyrics first, but this song was a bit different in that I wrote the chords first on the piano before translating them onto guitar. I was experimenting with an old ragtime-style cadence (D diminished into D major at the end of the chorus) and I thought it sounded cool, so I set it up in a lydian context to give it this almost grotesquely romantic tonality and matched it with lyrics in a similar vein.

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

The title, absolutely! It feels really strange but also really affirming to have people sing your lyrics back to you at gigs, and that hook is one that always gets repeated back to us. I’ve even had it sung to me from the other side of the street by a stranger the morning after a gig!

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Crunchy, funky goodness.

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

Analysing other people’s work has definitely put my own writing into perspective and made me more conscious of the listeners’ perspective. I think the lyrics I’ve written for Georgie Femme are much more cohesive and ‘to the point’ than those I released with projects before studying here. In terms of sonic identity, that’s mostly down to working with the other three members of the band who each bring their own flavour to the songs. Without them, these songs wouldn’t be half of what they are now!

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

Definitely the people. Being surrounded by so many motivated and creative people is really inspiring, and there’s a lot of room to collaborate on projects. I’ve ended up co-writing with people who make drastically different styles of music to what I normally write, and having the freedom to leave my comfort zone like that is liberating and gives a lot of space to grow. Brighton is a pretty sweet place to live too.

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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.