Hey VENTS! I have been great thank you, as busy as ever! And I hope you are all good too.
Can you talk to us more about your song “Better Than This”?
‘Better Than This’ is the third song I have released so far this year. It’s all about self-empowerment and appreciating your own self worth by removing the toxic people in your life.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
The lyrics to this song are autobiographical; I just realised one day that there’s no point being a friend to someone if they aren’t a good friend to you – life is too short to not be treated right! Especially with us girls, it’s sad how many women want to bring each other down, rather than support each other – we all need to stick together.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
Not for this track, but there will be one for my next single!
How was the recording and writing process?
I really enjoyed writing ‘Better Than This’. I sat down at my piano one evening and just started playing, and all these words came out to this tune and I thought ‘this isn’t too bad!’ so I wrote everything down and started working on it, picking the best melodies and lyrics and creating a structure. I then put it into Logic and got down some production ideas, and then took it to my producer who turned it into what it is today.
What role does Berkshire play in your writing?
Berkshire is my home and its where I always feel at home and at ease. Being relaxed and in my own environment helps me to write; so I suppose that’s its most important role!
How Tove Lo and James Blake has influence your music?
Both these artists have influenced my music in different ways. James Blake was one of the first artists I started listening to who wasn’t mainstream at all, and this opened up a whole way of song-making I wasn’t familiar with but fell in love with. Tove Lo’s second album, ‘Lady Wood’, was such an inspiring album to me; in the way that every track was so good it was worthy of being a single in its right, alongside her bold and confident artistic image that I adore.
How did your time at The Voice shape you as an artist?
Before I entered ‘The Voice’, I wasn’t 100% sure whether music was the right career path for me in life. The show gave me so much experience and the opportunity to sing live to so many people, as well as have a taste of what the music industry was like for a few months. I knew while I was on the show that I wanted to do it forever, so ever since I left the show, I have been working on my songs, developing my sound and here I am now!
Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along? /Any tentative release date or title in mind?
It does indeed! I will have another single out in a month – it’s an electronic ballad track called ‘If The Stars Align’. Following on from this, I will then be releasing my first EP, entitled ‘Shadows’, which I am very exited for.
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m working on my live set up as we speak, so it won’t be too long before I’ll be gigging up!
What else is happening next in Heather Jayne’s world?
Lots of new music, some collaborations and some live shows hopefully soon. And I’m finishing my degree over the next few months – so it’s a busy but exciting time!