Rosie Timmon graduated from BIMM Institute Dublin and is now based in New York City. Her brand of pop is filled with love stories and life struggles, aiming to bring join and inspire listeners.
We caught up with her about her latest release, ‘Fly With Me’…
What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?
“Fly with Me” was written during the peak of Covid. I was quarantined in my Brooklyn apartment for three months and felt very low, lost and uninspired with my music. Then, Aisling Jarvis, a friend and Dublin-based producer reached out to me with a rough demo of the instrumental track and asked if I wanted to write the lyrics and melody. I really enjoyed the upbeat EDM vibe and just sat down and wrote it all in one day.
I think the lyrics were inspired by how I was feeling at such an uncertain time. The lyrics describe heavy emotions as well as the destructive weather to symbolise life’s chaos and hardship. The chorus then explores the surreal escapism from reality and the urge just to fly away from it all, and I guess, escape from myself and the feelings that overwhelmed me at the time.
Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?
I am a massive fan of Maren Morris, and I absolutely love her songwriting style. I think she’s a genius and is one of my biggest inspirations at the moment. I am also obsessed with Dua Lipa and her music. She is such a hard-working artist with the ability to create upbeat, feel-good catchy hooks and lyrics. Also, I’m a big fan of Billie Eilish and her deep and personal songwriting, inspiring me to be vulnerable and open.
What is key to your sound, and how do you make your music stand out?
To be completely honest, I am still trying to figure out my sound and who I am as an artist. My released songs are more dance-pop with a little bit of EDM/house. I love to create feel-good music with a catchy hook and an inspiring message and try to connect with the listener by expressing deep feelings or emotions in my work. I am very versatile, and I love exploring different genres and infusing different styles in my work. My music has no rules, I just let whatever comes flow through me and let the song be whatever it becomes.
How does your songwriting process work?
It definitely varies from song to song. When I work alone, I tend to just play around with some basic chords and write the first verse up to the first chorus. That helps me establish what the song is going to be about, what kind of vibe it is and get a catchy hook going. Then I work on building the rest of the song, adding backing vocals and big endings etc. When I collaborate with producers, they tend to send me the full instrumental of the song and I just play around with some melody and lyric ideas and go back & forth with the producer until we agree on what route we will go down and then I just record the vocals and send them over and the rest is magic.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Upbeat, melodic and catchy.
How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
Studying at BIMM Institute was such an incredible experience and opportunity for me as an artist. I was exposed to so many different genres and styles in music and was able to develop my technical abilities as a vocalist and songwriter. I expanded my knowledge and understanding of how the music industry works and how to navigate my career. Also, I was surrounded by so many talented musicians and mentors who helped me grow and inspired me to work to the best of my abilities. I just had so much support from BIMM Institute and it was such a wonderful community of like-minded individuals learning and developing together. I never felt alone and just felt more understood in this world when I was there.
What’s next for you?
I am super proud of myself and Aisling Jarvis’s recent release, “Fly With Me”, and really enjoyed our collaboration. So, we are planning to work on more tracks together, and I hope to write more songs that will go on my forthcoming EP. Every day, I am learning, growing and discovering who I am, what kind of artist I want to be, and what I want my sound and music to be. So yes, I will continue to explore that and enjoy the joy of making music.