With the release of her latest single TODAY across all streaming platforms, we thought it would be a good opportunity to catch up with the Berkshire based artist about all things music
Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Where are you from and where did music start for you?
I’m a pop singer/songwriter from Berkshire. I started guitar lessons when I was about 9, and just tried to learn as many pop songs I could play and sing along to as possible. After a while I started writing my own songs and that’s where the real love for songwriting started. Over the years my music taste has definitely changed a lot – I’ve gone from writing super slow guitar ballads to much bigger pop songs.
If you were to sum yourself up in three words, what would you say?
This is a difficult one! It’s going to have to be: stubborn & super emotional. Wish I could say I wasn’t a massive cry baby but I most definitely am!
Can you tell us a bit about your latest single, More Than Friends, released today?
My producer came to me with this rough backing track during lockdown and it had a real Robyn/Dagny vibe. I just wanted to write something that reminded me of going out and having fun before we’d all got locked away. It’s a bit ironic really that it’s coming out a day after the second lockdown starts! The song is really about finding someone who makes you really happy when you’re so used to someone who makes you feel the complete opposite.
Is this a hint at more new music on the way?
Oooh maybe… I’ve been writing a lot during lockdown so I might have a few things lined up!
Who produced this? Have you worked with them before? How did you find working with them?
I’ve worked with Joe Cooper on all my songs so far, not only because he is an incredible producer but he was also my housemate from university! So I always know it’s going to be a fun and easy session because I’ve known him for a while. He is constantly sending me new tracks he’s produced and seeing if I’d be interested in writing the topline. I love the whole set up and I always know he’s got something really good on the go.
Where do you find your biggest inspirations?
It’s a real mix nowadays – I was always massively inspired by Savannah Outen when I was younger back in the golden days of YouTube. She’s probably a big reason I started singing. With this new music I’ve been making it’s been massively influenced by Fletcher & Dagny, with a little bit of Phil Collins. Bit of a random addition there, but I love Phil Collins.
Pre world-gone-mad, did you get to play many shows? Are there any plans to get back on the road when it is safe?
I was actually only a few days away from playing a show when lockdown started! I was absolutely gutted, I feel like the live shows are where you can really bring the songs to life. After being postponed a few times, I’ll now be opening for Alessandro Ciminata on April 27th 2021. If you’re interested in watching me dance around the stage singing songs about my exes, you should definitely grab a ticket here.
How did you keep yourself busy during lockdown 1, and what do you think will fill your time in lockdown 2?
I actually found myself quite productive in the first lockdown! I work full time alongside creating music, so continued my job working from home and wrote and recorded songs in the evening. I did all the single photoshoots in my bedroom and back garden, and then when things started to reopen I did a quick photoshoot on my town centre’s car park roof! I think this lockdown though I’m not going to be as tough on myself, as I definitely thought I wasn’t being productive enough the first time round. I need to learn it’s ok to do no work one evening and just sit and read a book. You need to give yourself a break every so often!
Where can we find out more about you?
You can find me @bryonymusicuk on all socials. I’ve also been sucked in by Tik Tok over lockdown so for even more content you should follow me on there!
Anything else you would like to tell us?
I’m so excited to bring out all the music I’ve been working on over lockdown, so definitely keep an eye out for more stuff to come!
And with that I’d like to thank Bryony for taking the time to answer my questions and wish her the best of luck with all her future adventures!