Skye is 10 years old, from Kensington, London. Her song ‘Sneaks and Geeks’ made the Top 30 in The Young Songwriter 2019 competition 8-12 years UK & Ireland Category. Congratulations! Here’s a bit about Skye and her songwriting.
What inspired you to write your SAYS19 Top 30 song? It seems like all my friends are either obsessed with Fortnite, Instagram or Sneakers so I thought it would be fun to write a song about what’s happening around me.
How long have you been writing songs? Since I was 8. I enjoy making things rhyme and try to create new melodies and sounds in my head.
How did you get into songwriting? I started making up tunes and lyrics whilst walking to school, once I got a couple of sentences clear I would sing and record them into one of my parents phones and write them down in my songwriting book, I would then try and put the different sections together to make a longer section, this process helped me write my first song ‘Soaring’ which I entered into last years Song Academy competition.
What does songwriting allow you to explore and achieve? It helps to express my thoughts through music and it lets my imagination go wild.
What’s your favourite part of the songwriting process? Recording the song and being in the studio. I make a lot of last minute changes when I start recording it!!
What’s the most difficult part of the creative process of songwriting for you? Finding the time to write new songs. My school work, ballet, choir and running club keep me very busy out of school.
Do you start with lyrics or melodies/chords? Always Lyrics. I then try singing them in different ways which helps me create the melody.
What do you like about The Young Songwriter competition? I love the whole thing. It makes my Easter holidays really exciting and I love how it gives people my age the opportunity to be heard.
Who are your three favourite artists/songs? Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Beyoncé.
10 years from now you will be….…running in the Olympics and then singing in the closing ceremony!! (That would be my dream!)
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not writing songs? Running. I am a junior middle distance runner and run competitively for Thames Valley Harriers.
The top 10 finalists will be announced on the 3rd May. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to hear the announcement first! #SAYS19 #songwriting #newmusic #expressyourself #beheard
The Young Songwriter 2019 showcase & 10th anniversary of Song Academy celebration will be on Saturday 22nd June at 7pm at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London.