I have been playing the ukulele for several years and have found that the instrument has inspired me to write songs in a way I have never felt inspired before. I love that the ukulele can be so versatile both in the studio and in a live environment: it can be vulnerable, heavy, beautiful and powerful. My songs are inspired by the spaces we find ourselves in both physically and emotionally. I love experimenting with effects such as delay and reverb and adding layers of vocal harmonies and textures from the ukulele to create songs.
My advice for anyone wanting to write songs is to just go for it. You have nothing to lose. It helps to practise though – just like you do with your instrument. The more you write the more you learn. Write as much as you can as often as you can and you will soon notice which bits are working. If you are stuck for where to start then deciding on a theme or concept for a song first can help. I often find that the music comes after the initial idea for the song even if it is just a phrase or an image, but there are no hard and fast rules. Find your own way.
Over the last few months, I have written, recorded and co-produced my debut album “The Pass Of Storms” and it will be available to buy this summer.
For more details please visit www.astralunamusic.com