Just in case you needed a little encouragement, we have been on chatting with students past and present to give you guys a little love and assistance on your musical journeys.
Here is Julie Murphy talking about how BIMM has helped her…
WHAT DIFFERENCE HAS BIMM MADE TO YOUR CAREER?
BIMM helped me find my voice as a musician. Music has always been a huge part of my life but I had little confidence in my own ability when I first got accepted into Commercial Modern Music. BIMM pushed me out of my comfort zone when it came to styles, performing, working in a studio, everything music-related really!
It’s given me the confidence and experience to pursue my career and to push myself musically.
I’m currently recording an EP of my own original music which is something that my experiences at BIMM has directly made possible.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE/PLAY MUSIC?
I definitely write from personal emotion. I feel I sometimes really lay myself bare in my lyrics, that’s why it took me so long to show my songs to people! But I’ve realised over the years that writing is really a therapeutic process for me. It helps sort out what’s going on in my head, whether it’s a past experience, a current feeling in my gut or something I’ve seen or heard. Singing as well releases all those endorphins so combining that with my own lyrics, it’s like a double whammy. Sometimes it could even be as simple as a nice word or phrase and I’ll just build from there. I always feel a release after working on a new song, performing or even just doing some practise at home.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR NEW AND FUTURE STUDENTS?
I think my number one advice for new and future students would be to stick with it, whether it’s songwriting or an instrument, just keep doing what you love for as long as you love it! It can be intimidating coming into BIMM, surrounded by all these amazing musicians who might be more experienced or “more talented” than you, but BIMM is literally the most supportive environment you could ask for. I know I definitely found it intimidating and it took me a long time to build my confidence but if you keep going you will eventually find your feet. Everyone’s on a different journey and you can’t compare yourself to others. Have fun, connect with other musicians, make friends and don’t take yourself too seriously.