What was the inspiration behind your track?
I was inspired to write ‘Our First Love’ after watching a moving story. It was about a couple in America whose love was unaccepted by their parents because of the family’s homophobic beliefs. After seeing this, the first line that came to me was ‘how natural love is without a label of a connotation, how beautiful it is’. I then began to think of love in its rawest form, which I think can sometimes be that connection made between parent and child when we are first born. It also saddened me to think of this couple’s love for each other being rejected by their parents and in quite a hostile way too. This motivated me to shape the poem around parental love. I was seeking to find the other angle of this hostility and shame which I think is a non-judging, complete acceptance of all love. I felt so struck by the negative that I wanted to search for the positive and write a story about it.
What did your songwriting process involve?
I really enjoy referencing things. Getting inspired by researching articles or listening to songs I think might be exploring a similar topic. I filled my ears with LGBT related poems and songs in order to develop the tone of the poem and to feel connected to people’s stories. Putting music to it was quite spontaneous. I was practicing it one day for a gig and my boyfriend Bruce started to noodle on the guitar in the background. He then started to develop this really warm and gentle finger picking pattern and it almost felt like a lullaby, so it stuck.
Is there are story behind the song?
As I said earlier the video of the couple was the catalyst for the song but the poem kept on evolving. A friend asked me to perform it at their wedding, so I adapted the words slightly to make it slightly more romantic and so it suited the couples’ story.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Oooh that’s hard; because I love words I can never seem to find the right three!
I guess I would say curious, reflective, and comedic at points.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
The people. From Jon Sheldon (the kindest and wisest receptionist) to the oh-so-helpful and thoughtful student support, to the super talented tutors and students. Being surrounded by a great team of people makes being at BIMM such a broadening and exciting experience.