Student Spotlight – Jay Malley
We heard you have recently released a new EP. What can you tell us about your new material?
My single ‘Never Change’ was released just last week. The song itself I guess you’d have to call it a mature heartbreak song, it is written from my own experience of losing a relationship and not really knowing why. The funny thing is I wrote the guitar track when I was about 15/16 and couldn’t write lyrics to it for years and then 3 years later I was in Riverside with my mate Sam Howat and it came together.
Tell us about what bands/artists influenced your latest release?
To be honest I never Really had any influences when it came to writing The song and If I had used my influences for writing the song it would have been completely different to what it is now! Most of my influences are indie rock bands like the Fratelli’s, Arctic Monkeys and Catfish and the Bottlemen. If I HAD to give an answer to the question, I’d say Ed Sheeran would be the main influence for the track.
For those that have never heard your music before- How would you describe it?
My music is written to be as relatable as possible to the listener covering common themes, things like heartbreak and being in love. I do have a band in college the backstreet vaccines who are writing in a completely different style to that of ‘Never Change’ though, which I’m sure you’ll hear very soon!
Why did you want to study at Riverside Music College
I chose riverside to study music mainly because of the opportunities that it provides for people who really have a passion for music but also because I was always told by friends, teachers and family that it would be the place to go for me.
How has the Music Performance course helped you – which skills, knowledge/classes have been the most useful for you?
Coming to Riverside I had no idea what to expect and I have to say I cannot recommend it enough. The place holds so many amazing opportunities to young musicians and the lessons taught here are absolutely brilliant. My time at Riverside has helped me so much, it’s unbelievable and hard to describe. It’s all down to Jamie Cameron (Senior Lecturer – Music Performance) and all the lecturers that help make the place what it is and I couldn’t be more proud to be a Riverside student
What advice would you give to other Performance students looking to release their own material?
Oh god, I’m not one for giving advice! The best advice I can give is to just write and write and release as much as possible, but also be prepared for all the challenges that follow. As long as you keep at it and don’t quit then you’ll continue to succeed.
What are your plans for the rest of 2022?
2022 is looking like a busy year for myself and The Backstreet Vaccines, with loads of gigs and releases coming up.
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