Tomorrow sees the release of ‘Movie Scene’ the fantastic new single from Bailey Tomkinson, which sees 19 year-old Bailey releasing a reflective and emotive track which is sure to grab listeners from the start. Some readers will have seen Bailey appear at the recent Belles and Gals showcase gig in London, where she thrilled with her 3 song set. I was lucky enough to catch up with Bailey this week to talk all about ‘Movie Scene’.
Hi Bailey, the new single ‘Movie Scene’ is just brilliant. Can you tell us the story of how the song came into being?
Thankyou Nick, I’m really proud of this song. A lot of influences were in my ear going into making this. I’m a big fan of artists like Cindy Lauper and Madonna and this is definitely me exploring those influences a bit. I feel like when people hear this, they’ll recognise the familiar parts of it that are associated with country – the storytelling, some of the instrumentation but at the same time also see this other vision that I had and hopefully come along for the ride.
I initially composed it on a synth which was a first for me, usually I write on the guitar or piano and then I started adding layers to it. The story itself is a personal one because it’s about a short-lived romance I experienced. I live on the coast so you meet lots of people who aren’t here permanently, either they’re on holiday for a couple of weeks or just working the season, even young local folk often leave for work or uni. So the song is me dealing with how I felt about trying to reconcile the aftermath of something being great in the moment but it not having a future.
This new track has a very different feel to ‘7 Minutes in Heaven’ – this a more emotive track than the upbeat previous single. How important do you think it is to show these different sides to your talent?
I definitely feel that’s it is vital to keep evolving. I’ve always wanted to be the kind of artist that can sit comfortably at a Boardmasters as well as at a country round-up. I think the music connects with audiences best when it tells stories they can relate to…my songs are like pages from my diary, you know, I’m a 19 year old girl, sometimes like with ‘7 Minutes in Heaven’, I’m basking in the afterglow of a great party and sometimes like with ‘Movie Scene’ I’m more reflective because a romance has come to an end.
And being a different type of song, are your nerve/excitement levels the same this time around?
Oh yes! I’m really excited to share ‘Movie Scene’ with everyone. I do feel a bit of pressure to keep moving forward, keep progressing so there are definitely a few nerves. As a songwriter you’re baring a bit of your soul when you tell your stories so that always spikes the heartrate as well! But most of all I’m excited for the opportunity to reach an audience that I haven’t reached yet with my other music.
At just 19 years of age, you have a world of music ahead of you! But looking back, do you have a particular highlight already?
You know what? I’m having the time of my life, it’s been one long highlight. Signing my first record deal, releasing my first EP, performing in London for the first time, the time I you invited me to guest perform at a Belles and Gals showcase alongside some amazing acts, it’s all been amazing really and I’ve got Boardmasters and opening for KT Tunstall at Tunes on The Sands to look forward to as well! I probably ought to do sensible stuff like getting management and booking set up properly and things but I’m having too much fun!
To finish, tell us where we can download/stream the track!
You can find ‘Movie Scene’ on all the usual digital streaming sites, Spotify, Itunes, Deezer, Amazon Music etc or via my website http://baileytomkinson.com this smarturl should take you to all the major sites on release day too https://smarturl.it/BTMovieScene