Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Nicole Leask

18th March 2019

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

The song is about the misconception of people who think they like someone, and give them their all, but the emotion is not reciprocated until they’re intoxicated. Our reflection on ourselves can change from being under the influence of alcohol; whether it’s feeling worthless or contrastingly more confident. It’s about finding that self-respect when you’re not being treated fairly, whether that be by a significant other or a friend. It’s also about being able to say ‘lets stop this’, because I’m worth more than what you’re giving me and it’s ok for me to feel that way.

How did you approach writing this song?

I write best when sharing stories I’m feeling at that time. A producer from Nottingham sent me a beat and a few days before, I’d been walking around Manchester with my headphones in when I had an idea for a lyric. I wrote it down thinking ‘Ah, I’ll use that for something’. I heard the beat from Ross, used the line and the rest wrote itself. I got the basic vocal melody down, sent it over to Ross to see what he thought and he vibed off it, so we just went from there.

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

I would say the chorus “You only hug me that way when you’re drunk, but you only kiss me that way when you’re not”. I feel this is my favourite because it shows the impact substances can have on our actions. I feel this is such a powerful yet simple line.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Unique, soulful and colourful.

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

With being around different and unique musicians everyday, you have to find your niche. We are taught that vocals are unique to you and with this is why I have been able to develop my love of Jazz/Blues and give it a modern twist.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

Being from Nottingham, there were never really many opportunites to network. Whereas at BIMM, everybody knows someone and everyone helps everyone along the way. Andrew and Emma from the careers team are so driven to ensure you are well informed about the opportunities and contacts they have. Likewise, Mike Burgess, Michaela and Pedro are so supportive and willing to help.

In my three years studying at BIMM, I’ve worked at many festivals including Parklife and Liverpool Sound City. I currently work for Interior Presents booking agency and of course have got my own music to pursue. I recently supported ‘Leash Senior’ for her European tour dates. If I hadn’t have come to BIMM, I doubt I would have achieved this much in such a short amount of time.

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