Body Of Mine is my ever first collaboration single and is a track I recorded with the lovely Sophie Smith! As we are both solo female artists, I thought it would be fitting for our collab to be an empowering track about the obsession with the appearance of women as it is something that most girls can relate to!
When I was writing Body Of Mine, I really wanted to address the fact there is so much pressure on girls to look a certain way and often we let that define us. Beauty is seen as such a valuable quality in this society, when really we should be focusing on more important things such as intelligence, kindness and our own self-confidence. It’s a song celebrating women and all they achieve!
As the message of the track is something I think is incredibly important, I knew it needed a great video to really drive the lyrics home. I wanted to shoot a video with lots of ladies of different ages, sizes and races and capture a really fun, carefree vibe! I am very lucky to have an amazing videographer friend who was crazy enough to take on the huge task of shooting the video and editing it in two weeks with me!
13 cast members…. 4 hours of set up… 40 hours of shooting…. 50 hours of editing and many buckets of glitter later, the video to Body Of Mine was born! Check it out below and also make sure you check out the incredible camera woman extraordinaire Geena Sharma-Singh and the amazing Sophie Smith too! Make sure you like, share and comment on the video if you enjoy it!
Take It All is the fourth track on my Experiments EP and actually my favourite of the five! It’s a song that I actually wrote about six years ago and never actually did anything with until last year. I just had a feeling that the song needed to be heard and I’m so glad I listened to my gut as I love the finished result!
The lyrics of Take It All are all about breaking free and no longer being tied to someone who is holding you back. It’s a song about determination, inner strength and bravery, but also about letting go. To link with all these themes, we thought an intimate and simple approach to the video would work well, so as not to distract too much from the lyrics. The close cropped and slow motion shots in the verses give the video an air of vulnerability, which is then contrasted against the fast paced chorus and drops to show the different emotions felt by myself when I was writing Take It All. We used the different coloured versions of me layered on top of each other to give the effect that many personalities were fighting to escape from one body.
I am so happy with how the video for this track has turned out as I feel that it really does the song justice! Please do check it out and like, share and comment if you enjoy it!
The third track to be taken from my Experiments EP is Deja Vu! Deja Vu is the most dancey and summery track on the EP, with a real tropical vibe! One of the main aims when planning the concept for the video was to capture that summery influence in the visuals, whilst filming in a studio in February! The way we achieved that was to take inspiration from the film Neon Demon and Demi Lovato’s ‘Cool For The Summer’ video in terms of lighting and makeup and then running with that to make it our own. We used fluorescent tube lights to give that ‘clubby’ party effect and then in the drops amped that up further with EL (electro luminescent) wire. I absolutely loved using the EL wire and tying it around my hands and clothes as I’m obsessed with neon things and it gave me the opportunity to switch on my light up trainers!
Deja Vu is a really upbeat and playful track in terms of production, but it was actually quite emotional for me to write. The lyrics are about being let down by someone close to you and you realising that you have a pattern of trusting the wrong people. It’s a song born out of frustration from being naïve and not noticing when you are being played for a fool. It’s that feeling of being hurt but being mostly angry at yourself as you know you could have prevented it yourself by being a bit wiser! As the third song on the EP, Deja Vu is the ‘turning point’ in the narrative, when the character starts to fully realise how toxic the relationship is and let that anger and frustration show.
Check out the video on YouTube below, and head to iTunes or Spotify to give the Experiments EP a listen!
Poison is the second track on my Experiments EP, so it is the second video to be released! Out of all the videos I filmed with Cosmic Joke Productions, this was probably the most fun to work on. When planning the concept we wanted to incorporate the sparkle and colour of my branding into the visuals and the way we ended up doing this was with powder paint and glitter. One of the most memorable parts of Poison is the drumbeat, so when they suggested I bang a drum I was so excited and thought it was perfect!
Poison is such a fun, catchy song that I thought it was really important to shoot a video that supported the track and was memorable and playful. The song is about knowing you are crazy for being with someone who doesn’t treat you right and for loving them when they behave badly. It follows on from the encounter in the first song on the EP ‘Lead Me Down’ as part of the running narrative on Experiments.
I absolutely love this track and the video, so check it out on YouTube below, and make sure you give the Experiments EP a listen; it is available to buy/stream now on iTunes, Spotify, and all other major digital retailers.
Lead Me Down is the second single taken from my upcoming Experiments EP and is the first to get an official video. This is definitely one of my favourite songs I have written and recorded as it feels really true to where I am in my life at the moment. When I finished the EP, I realised that I had written a narrative running between the tracks because I had been writing about my own experiences. For this reason I felt like all the songs were equally important and all should have videos to go with them.
The first two lines of ‘Lead Me Down’ are:
“The strobe lights flicker, lighting up your face,
I watch the patterns, watch the angles that the flashes trace.”
so when I was brainstorming ideas with the video production team, we decided it would be fun to play with lighting effects as the theme for Lead Me Down. The video is centred around changes in lighting from strobes, to silhouettes and different colours. The song is about meeting someone in a bar and knowing they are wrong for you but feeling like you want to be impulsive and ignore the voice of reason in your head. The lyrics are about being reckless and doing something you know you shouldn’t do. I think the video really captures the dark, sexy and mysterious vibe of the track and I’m extremely happy with the end result!
Check out the video on YouTube below, and Lead Me Down is available to buy/stream now on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and all other major digital retailers
Video shot, edited and produced by Cosmic Joke.
Call Me Whatever You Want was the single that I chose to use to promote the release of Not Stupid Anymore (The Deluxe Version) as it was so catchy and upbeat. It was actually the first song that I ever professionally recorded so, for this reason, I chose to keep the imagery fairly simple and just focus on the lyrics and the message I wanted to get across. The song is about finally having the courage to move on from a relationship and admitting to yourself that it is not working. The concept of the person leaving not being ‘the bad guy’ but being the brave and selfless one is what I wanted to get across with this. I felt that this was a slightly new perspective on a typical relationship milestone and something I wanted to explore. The pink crumpled background in the video with the lyrics on top is almost like a goodbye letter that has been written and then discarded, which I thought was perfect for this song with its theme of a bittersweet farewell.
As Not Stupid Anymore was released in April, I felt like a summery, happy video would be really perfect for this track as we were approaching hotter months of the year! For this reason, we decided to shoot in Portugal and create something with really vibrant colours and a positive energy. The end result was a ‘flipbook’ type of effect, with lots of snapshots played in quick succession, giving the feel of holiday memories. The pictures were interspersed with performance videos of me in different coloured bikini tops and pop-ups of the key lyrics in the song. We focused our scenes on the most quintessentially summery things like sangria, the beach, the pool and partying to create the most fun snapshots we could! Also, as the song is about love and girl power, I couldn’t help but add some heart shaped sunglasses and a heart shaped rubber ring!
For my second single, Falling Back Together, I thought it would be really fun to do a GoPro type video, following me around my favourite places near where I live, in Manchester. We shot mainly in four locations: the centre of the city, Crosby beach (near Liverpool), The Edge and Etherow Country Park, which are both in Cheshire. The UKG mix of Falling Back Together was used as the lead mix for the video, which worked really well as it has a real sense of movement in the track, matching the walking in the video. So many of my favourite places are featured in the video, including The Northern Quarter in Manchester, the cathedral and the forest at Etherow! I decided it might be a good idea to do a black and white lyric video to really emphasise the meaning behind the words of the song, and make it even easier for people to learn them!
Stuck in Limbo was my first ever single and for my debut video we shot down in the south of England. The song is about a difficult relationship and feeling like you are trapped in a bad place because you can’t let go of the good memories and move on. We ran with this theme and decided on a video concept of me being stuck in the city, unhappy, whilst reminiscing on happier times on a summer road trip, almost like a daydream. The city scenes were shot in Milton Keynes and we travelled down to Kent to shoot the beach scenes. We found some really cool abandoned boats and shacks in the Dungeness Nature Reserve, giving us some interesting scenery shots!