Most of my inspiration comes from watching others perform and paying attention to the lyrical content of the songs I like. I remember going to my first gig in a smallish venue when I was about 15 to see Declan McKenna. It really opened my eyes to the fact that a whole world of smaller musicians could write and perform their own music.
Immediately after that concert, I began learning guitar. I started writing my own songs, and ever since then, whenever I go to a show, I get a massive wave of inspiration and can write songs so quickly.
Being at BIMM Institute Brighton and in the city feels quite freeing to me. I suddenly feel like I can dress and present myself how I want with no judgement.
“ Learning to be comfortable within myself has helped me write lyrics in a more personal way.”
Everyone has always been so friendly and kind, which has helped with my musical expression. Learning to be comfortable within myself has helped me write lyrics in a more personal way. I feel I don’t have to stick to a specific form of writing. Brighton is also very arts-based, so it’s really easy to find like-minded people.
As a smaller musician, I am grateful that the UK music industry has things like BBC Music Introducing. It creates a much easier path for radio play as you can simply upload your song and potentially be played on big radio stations like BBC Radio 1. It can also open up doors to play at festivals via its BBC Music Introducing stage at places like Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds.
Autism and the industry
As an autistic musician, I would like to see more inclusivity in acknowledging the needs that disabled people may have. For example, I really struggle with asking questions and ensuring that what I’m doing is correct. Having someone as a point of direct contact at any venue would help a lot as they can explain how things work.
From when I first started, I have found it to be less challenging than I expected as there are so many points of contact to help. Gaining information about how the industry works is so much more accessible than I first thought.
The tougher part I didn’t expect is around those who have more disposable income. They can invest quite a bit of money and seem to reach specific places in their career before others who don’t necessarily have access to those kinds of resources. However, I don’t really see that part changing because, unfortunately, money is needed within the way things work in this society.
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