I’m Maria Kelly, I’m going into my final year of BIMM Dublin and I’m an indie-folk artist.
How did you get started?
I picked up the guitar when I was about 10 as I had always been surrounded by music when growing up. I also loved creative writing in school and after discovering artists like Regina Spektor, Kina Grannis, and Lucy Rose, I think I kind of mashed the two together and began songwriting.
Why did you choose BIMM Dublin?
I chose BIMM Dublin because it just made total sense at the time. Songwriting and music in general was what I wanted to focus on. I remember looking into different courses and a lot of them seemed to centre around the theoretical or historical side of music. I found that really interesting but I didn’t want it to define my studies. I loved performing and writing and BIMM offered a course that covered every angle of music equally. It also offered a specific songwriting stream which was incredible as I didn’t want that to be pushed aside amidst the academic side of things.
I also loved the idea of living in Dublin and I’m so glad that I went with that instinct. It’s such a vibrant city and the music scene is like no other. It’s really driven, creative and community based.
What has been/was your highlight at BIMM?
Definitely getting to play The Great Escape Festival in May of this year. I had heard so much about it but honestly had never thought I would get to be on that line up. BIMM made that possible and were kind enough to send my band and I to Brighton, it was such a cool experience.
What advice would you give to future BIMM Students?
It sounds clichéd but just be nice and work hard. Don’t spend your time complaining about little things, instead focus on the opportunities that are in front of you.
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