There’s incredible talent across the country. Have a listen to our selected songs this week. If you know any budding young songwriters – send them our way!
Stand Tall “I wrote this song to inspire those with a dream to follow it no matter what comes in there way. I have a dream to be a producer/rapper and will not let anyone stand in the way of that. The song was written to show how young people like myself have a voice that is often overlooked and it was an attempt to show my voice. It was also written to show that hard work pays off and that we only have one life and so we must use it to its full and never give up on what we believe and the vision that we have.”
Judgment Day “This song was created during the long, tense summer wait for results day. I wanted to express my frustration and anxiety of waiting. In general, I wanted this song to show to a wide range of audiences (the song can be interpreted in many contexts) the thoughts of people who feel ‘trapped’ and desire free expression of emotions, good or bad, without intervention (the reason why I write music).”
What made me “I wrote this song as a commentary on the state that the rap music industry is in at the moment, particularly mainstream rap and the lack of content or feeling. I wanted to capture this essence and the essence of the way people will push away content or talent as it isn’t as easily palatable as a catchy melody and hook.”
Daydream “It’s really embarrassing, but to be honest, when I was writing the lyrics I was thinking about a couple from East Enders, so I guess East Enders was my inspiration. Probably my most cheesy lyrics, but when I play the song to other people, it usually makes them smile, which is what I want all my music to do.”
Replay “The main feel of the song came from the guitar picking loop I made up after listening to a lot of Ben Howard’s picking style; I really liked how it sounded and made the guitar loop and vocal harmony intro before writing the lyrics. The lyrics were written more to create the right vibe: mellow but optimistic, inspired by a fusion of the ambience of some of my favourite acoustic songs. The concept behind the lyrics came from a film I watched called ‘I’ll Give it a Year’ where in the end a couple finally decides to split up, but are happy about it. This idea really interested me and this song was an exploration of that.”
Frustrated “I was feeling upset with my best friend and I needed to express my feelings so I decided to write a song and the words came to me because of this. Sometimes my lyrics are about my private thoughts but it is nice to share them with people.”