Track of the Week

fi – leave me be

31st January 2022

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This week’s Track of the Week comes from BIMM Institute Birmingham songwriting student, fi. Their distinctive sound mixes gentle and comforting tones with a unique darkness.

Check out their latest track, ‘leave me be’ below!

Describe your new track in three words….

sombre, winsome, lulling

What inspired you when writing this track?

I was inspired heavily by how I was feeling at the time and the things I was surrounded by. I was spending a lot of time by the canals trying to find some peace of my own, and one day when I got home, I just vomited the song out.

Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?

Well, many inspire me; Ben Howard, Kane Strang, Feed Me Jack, Little Dragons, System of a Down, Her’s, Panucci’s Pizza, Black Country New Road. I also feel like anything Shakespeare related; I like sentences phrased in Old English.

What would you say makes your music unique?

My perspective is what makes my music most unique. It’s kind of a mixture of gentle, comforting tones you can sink into mixed with a darkness no one really asked for or expected.

Do you have a process you follow when writing a song?

In some ways, yes. Usually, I start with the melody, and sometimes the lyrics come with that straight away. Other times they come out later hence all the demented voice notes in my phone. Then I do an odd job of finding out chords that fit. Sometimes it’s the other way around; sometimes, I come up with stories to follow based on things that have happened, which can be interesting.

How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?

It has helped bring me closer to who I am and made me realise how far I am away.

What’s next for you?

I’m going to keep experimenting and developing and see where things go. I’m hoping that after my Masters, I will have a big brain and come out with cool things. That’s my main hope.

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Matt Leppier

Matt Leppier works as a digital content creator for BIMM Institute's central marketing team. Alongside this, he works for Off Licence Magazine as a editor, writer and photographer, as well as hosting several radio shows on Balamii and Platform B. He loves travel, literature and supports NBA team, Boston Celtics.