Mia Bran is 14 years old from Edgware, London and her song ‘Little Alchemy’ was selected as a top 60 song in The Song Academy Young Songwriter 2020 competition 13-18 year UK/Ireland category.  We caught up with Mia recently to talk about all things songwriting!

What inspired you to write your song?  My song inspired by the feeling of being used by someone. It expresses my anger through the lyrics and the term ‘Little Alchemy’ is referring to as if I was an experiment to someone.

What got you into writing songs?  I’ve been writing songs all my life. Since I could speak I was always at a keyboard in my house writing lyrics, even if they didn’t make sense. It came natural to me when I was young and I enjoy it more than anything. I’m very grateful!

What is your favourite part of the songwriting process?  It depends! For example, if I get an idea for a song (whether it’s a melody, a lyric or a theme) I just start with that and the whole song forms. So it’s always the first ideas that I enjoy the most, because I find it so exciting.

Describe your setup that you used to write your #SAYS20 entry, was it just a pen and paper or a fully kitted out studio?  I wrote the song at my keyboard in my room with a pen and paper. It took me about two days, and when it was finished, I asked my dad if I could record it at his studio since everything is better quality.

How do you usually start a song? How do you find that spark?  It varies all the time. Sometimes I’m in the most random situation and I think of a lyric or an idea, it mostly happens in the middle of a conversation with someone! I can never force lyrics. I only write when I feel like I need to.

Who would be your dream artist/writer/band to collaborate with?There are so many! I would absolutely love to write with Billie Eilish. I’ve been a fan of her for years and her lyrics are so meaningful. I would also like to do a duet with Audrey Mika. I feel like our voices would go well together and I love her music!

What made you enter #SAYS20? How did you hear about it?  I’ve entered the competition a few years in a row now, and I think it’s so fun. It always makes my year! It has made me meet some amazing people who I’m still in touch with now. I heard about it on a leaflet in 2018 at The Rhythm Studio.

What would you say to someone aged 8-18 who is thinking about entering the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition next year?  Go for it! It’s such an amazing opportunity, it allows your music to be heard and all the people who are involved are so kind. Song Academy is an amazing platform for young songwriters and definitely one of the best. I highly recommend it.

Do you have any tips for them?  Just be authentic! Don’t try and change your writing or your music because you think other people will like it more. People want to hear your real abilities and especially how unique you are.

What are your favourite other entries from this year’s competition? Who out of the other entrants (it doesn’t have to be a finalist!) would you like to collaborate with?  I love Alex Carroll’s song “Paint Me in Colours”. Her voice is so beautiful and I’d love to collaborate with her. She’s also really sweet!

What do you like about the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition?  I like that it enables young people like me to have incredible opportunities and get our music heard. It allows people to create new friends and it’s overall such a fun experience!


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