My name is Megan Farnfield and my artist name is AMBR. I’m 18 years old and I’m from Surrey.
Coming from a Welsh family background music is a way of life and everyone sings. I started playing the cello at 7 years old and it was my first ever instrument I learnt how to play. However, I remember I had always asked my mum for singing lessons because my older sister had them and my mum always just dismissed the idea and then we went on holiday in Cyprus when I was 8 where I chose to sing karaoke and after my mum heard me she decided maybe she should get me singing lessons. I was then classically trained and I represented England at the International Eisteddfod at the age of 13 through to 17. I then decided, with lots of encouragement from my music teachers at school, to pursue a career in pop and write and perform my own songs.
I looked at all of the universities I applied to but when I came to the open day of BIMM Brighton I just felt totally at home and like I was meant to be there. I’d always loved Brighton as a town and I knew some of the tutors already. I remember seeing a really cool band called ‘Orchards’ at the open morning too and I was so impressed. I just loved the vibe as ‘BIMM’ and knew that for me it was the best choice.
My highlight of BIMM so far was the first time I performed in my artist development class and Elliot May told me my voice was like a “religious experience”. It was quite a confidence booster! All my tutors have been incredibly supportive and whenever I have good news I can’t wait to tell them. When I got played on BBC Introducing, all of my tutors were very pleased and it was a great feeling to be able to share with them that I have have achieved a goal I set for myself this year.
Advice I would give future students is networking is key. It’s important to write with other people as well as just writing on your own. Make sure to write with other people and even write in styles that may not be your main type of style to write in to broaden your knowledge. Also, it’s important to take as many opportunities you can and to take them in your stride.
I’ve loved my first year of songwriting and I cannot wait for my second year and to gain even more knowledge about what I love doing.