We’re delighted that Ronnie Warwick has joined The Song Academy Young Ambassadors Board! Ronnie is a super popular TikTok content creator with 340k+ followers! Young people relate to his funny video clips & takes on life.  We caught up with him recently to talk all things music.

Why do you think music is important to young people?  With performing, I think music is not only a way for young people to be creative and express themselves, but it also helps them to get out of their comfort zone and develop socially. As for those who just listen to music, I believe a song can really empower someone and help with their thoughts. You’ll always be able to find a song that is relatable to your current mood, and often it just feels nice to hear that somebody else has felt the same way at one point in their life.

What got you into using TikTok?  I was really inspired by the success other people had reached through TikTok and so I thought I’d give it a go. After one video did well, I kept it going and started to post consistently and before I knew it I’d gained quite a large fanbase. I think this is the mentality everybody should have in life; ‘If they can do it why can’t I?’.

How important do you think music is for the TikTok platform?  As much as TikTok seems to run the music industry nowadays, without music TikTok couldn’t function as well as it does. For example, trending dance videos require a song for creators to dance to. Without that it’d just be a bunch of people doing a bunch of random movements and nobody would see the rhythm.

What do you look for in a song that you would use in your videos on TikTok?  I tend to look for songs that really tell a story with the lyrics, with those I’m then able to create a POV acting video lip-syncing to the artist. Those videos tend to do quite well.

What achievement are you most proud of?  I’m proud that I broke out of my shell and entered a community of people so similar to me. I kept it up even when times were hard and for that I am gaining more and more followers and friends day after day.

Who would be your dream musician to collaborate with?  Lewis Capaldi, easy decision.

Favourites round! Don’t think about it, just say what first comes to mind. Who/what is your favourite:

Artist?
Lewis Capaldi

Songwriter?
Ed Sheeran

Song?
Before You Go – Lewis Capaldi

Album?
Staying at Tamara’s – George Ezra

Chord?
I have absolutely no idea, can somebody please teach me how to read/write music…

Gig you’ve been to?
Blackbear – o2 Academy Brixton

TikTok creator?
Dixie D’Amelio. Or my nan, she’s great too!

Lyric?
‘I did it my way’ – Frank Sinatra

Genre?
Pop

Catchphrase?
‘It is what it is…’

Fruit?
Purple grapes :)

What do you think matters most to 8-18 year olds?  Being appreciated, loved and having a good network of supportive family and friends.

What do you like about Song Academy?  Song Academy puts time and effort into teaching kids about song writing and I believe that the workshops they run could really help kids to build up their self-confidence whilst meeting other people with similar interests to them. I hope that more and more people across the nation share their knowledge and/or experience with Song Academy as song writing isn’t just for making music, it’s also for expressing emotion and kids don’t do that enough nowadays.

Aged 8-18? Written your own original songs?
Then enter The Young Songwriter 2020 competition before the 31st March 2020!