HOME Made: Laura’s music
Welcome back to HOME Made, where we’re delving into some of the cool skills and hobbies our clever bunch of Homies have.
This time, it’s the turn of our Media Manager, Laura Osborne, to tell us all about her musical ways.
What is it you do?
How long have you been doing it?
I’ve been writing and playing live for about 15 years now, but I’d never recorded anything until about a year ago. When the pandemic hit, I was posting cover requests online to cheer people up and the feedback was so nice that I decided to set up a mini studio in my house so I could record my own songs.
How often do you do it?
With creating, I’m extremely inconsistent. Sometimes I’ll write three new songs in a week because the inspiration hits and other times I’ll go a month without picking my guitar up. Lately though, because I’m trying to finish the album for Colour Formation I’ve had to be really disciplined with recording on most evenings and weekends.
What do you love about it?
It might sound super cliché but it’s totally a kind of therapy for me. Over the last year in particular, I’ve been so grateful to have access to something that allows me to tap into and express how I’m feeling. I don’t really know who I’d be without it these days!
How did you get into it?
I started writing poetry when I was about seven. I remember having a subscription to a poetry magazine and nearly falling off my chair when they published one of my poems (It was about my cat, in case you were wondering). I then got into singing and writing at school and used to perform my own music at assemblies and events. I was often singing songs about boys that had broken my heart, usually as they were sat in the audience. Very angsty times!
Who/what inspires/influences you?
Tracy Chapman has got to be one of the top influences. She’s such a talented wordsmith and I’ve always been in awe of her singing style and song writing. But I’m influenced by so many different types of music, so it’s hard to say all of them!
Any top tips or tricks for people wanting to get into it / teach themselves it?
I could list loads, but four main things:
1. If you’re thinking about doing it, just do it
I spent so many years worrying that because I wasn’t the best at keeping in time, or classically trained that it wasn’t worth recording anything. But the reality is, some of the best musicians out there can’t even tell you what key they’re in. Music isn’t about perfection, it’s about the process of creating and I’ve settled on the understanding that if you love something enough, it’s always worth the time you put into it, so just do it!
2. Do it for yourself first, think about everyone else later
This is something I wish I’d come to sooner. I think as soon as you stop worrying too much about what other people will think and just make stuff that you like; it allows you to let go a bit and really have fun with it.
3. It doesn’t have to cost the earth
There are so many affordable options for kit now and tonnes of great info online about how to get started. My studio booth for example is mostly just some old foam boxed together, but people use all sorts and even old bedding. You’d be surprised how many professional radio interviews and recordings will have taken place from pillow forts over the last year!
4. Enjoy the process!
The process of creating and learning along the way is as important, if not more, than the final result. So, if you can learn to enjoy it, even on the days when you’re tripping over 5 different cables as you try to get the 30th attempt at a guitar take, then you’re gonna do great.
Have you had any epic fails along the way?
Still to this day I have dreams about the time that I walked up to the piano at a school event and just completely forgot how to play. There was about 500 people sat watching and waiting and I had to walk off stage in the end after about ten seconds of just staring at the keys in awkward silence.
What has your proudest moment been?
Releasing the new single ‘Hope is a Superpower‘ recently. It’s been a few month’s in the making and I’ve been working most evenings and weekends to get it finished. It’s the first track I’ve fully created and mixed myself, so I’m really proud of it.
What is your favourite thing you’ve done so far?
The Christmas single ‘Until we meet again‘ was absolutely nuts, but so much fun. Possibly one of the most elaborate projects I’ve ever worked on.
I wrote it whilst I had Coronavirus in October last year, reflecting over the prospect of not going home for Christmas. Danny (the other half of Colour Formation) also had Coronavirus, despite being the other side of the country! But he took it and ran with it and within a few weeks, we had a single! And suddenly, I was in the local church blagging the use of their grand piano to record on and sending manic messages to all my friends and family, asking them to be in the video. It was a mammoth edit job, but it was totally worth it. The song actually got used on The Royal Navy and Royal Marines charity’s Christmas video and we had an article written about us by A&R Factory.
Written by:Laura Osborne Media Manager
Category:What we're doing
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