Who, What, Why


22nd December 2016

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From Geneva, Switzerland to BIMM Berlin, Amanda Martin is the newest addition to our Who What Why feature.

WHO are you listening to at the moment?

I’m currently listening to a lot of music with smooth, pop-rock and electro vibes, such as Portishead and Massive Attack. This is a big change for me, as I used to listen to a lot of blues. Berlin inspired this change; this city is full of electronic music and complex sounds, which is very different to the blues where the format is already kind of decided. So I thought I’d explore that genre – I didn’t want to listen to full-on ‘electronic music’; I still wanted it to be a little poppy and rocky, so that’s why I chose the artists mentioned. For me they reflect that, and still keep it a little electro.

WHAT do you love about Berlin?

I love that in Berlin everybody’s doing their own thing; it’s not about fitting in with one group – you can express your own identity and personality. There’s always a million different things going on for you to choose from, so you don’t need to do the same as everybody else.
I love the fact that it’s a big city but it’s not overcrowded with people; it has calm and green spaces, which I wasn’t expecting. I couldn’t live in London, for example, because it’s much greyer than Berlin, and without all of the vast forests, parks and lakes which we have here.

WHY Vocals?

I had a friend that studied at BIMM London and loved it. When I heard about this popular music school, I was really impressed because in Switzerland it’s all about conservatory, classical and jazz music – there’s no such thing as popular music studies. So when I found out that at BIMM you don’t need to pick just one genre – you can do every kind of genre – I felt like it was the place for me. I learned that they had a campus in Berlin, and I felt like it was perfect timing – a city that I love with a course that I was passionate about… it all came together well.

Study Vocals at BIMM in Berlin, find out more here…


Lucy Donovan

Lucy is the International Marketing Manager for BIMM Berlin and Hamburg.