01 July 2015

Chapter 20 – Did you see her?

After the meeting with Muff all I wanted to do was write. Writing with others has always come quite easily to me, and I enjoy writing songs for other artists – It’s quite liberating. But when it comes to my own music my motivation is completely different: I have never been able to write simply for writing sake; I’ve tried, but the songs end up sounding insincere. When I write a song there’s usually a driving force behind it, that’s fuelled by whatever it is I’m trying to cope with at the time; be it fear, loss, heartbreak, love, death, sex or sheer madness. As a result, much of my work leans towards the darker side. It’s not deliberate, and I’m not a ‘tormented artist’ by any means – I’m quite a joyful soul, but then this is probably why; I don’t wear my sorrow in the day to day, I fuel it into my work.

So I wrote a few songs during this time; The first of which was ‘Did you see her.’ I’m not going to share many of the stories behind my songs as most are too personal (and once songs are written, I feel they’re as much yours as they are mine) but my current situation was quite evident in the lyrics of this song. Also, aside from my anguish in regards to Jud, I was starting to come to terms with what signing with a major label could possibly mean; as much as I wanted to share my songs with the world, the thought of becoming a well known popular artist in a country whose tabloids delight in rooting into the private life of celebrities filled me with fear, and haunted me for some time. I know it’s the reason some people want to sign deals but my personal relationships mean more to me than anything, so this also weaved it’s way into these early songs.

Once the songs were written, my next step was putting a band together. I knew who I wanted my band to consist of; they were not only great players, they were also good friends who I had met and played with during my time at LIPA (uni) several years earlier. During our time at LIPA we had toured Germany and Scotland together, performing the music of Joni Mitchell. As a result we were tight, and we played well together. I loved the style in which these guys played, and I still do.

The band consisted of:

Jodie May on piano

Andy Platts (Mamas Gun) on guitar

Henning Dietz (The Veils / The Fire Escape) on Drums

Steven James (Lazy Habits) on bass.

‘Did you see her’ was recorded by my good friend and fellow musician Ben Carrick. The session took place at Resident Studios in Willesden Green over the course of two days. It was then re-mixed a couple of years later by mix engineer Roy Merchant (M.I.A/Will-I-Am/Basement Jaxx) @ The Dairy studios in Brixton. It’s very easy for me to criticise my old work … I had an awful lot to learn in regards to singing, production and writing, but I still love these recordings like old friends; they capture a time, our youth and the anticipation of what lay ahead of us all. My voice was starting to develop it’s rougher, rockier edge in this song (which you can hear start to creep in in the middle section.)

  ‘Did you see her?’

2001

Written by Jodie May Seymour

Produced by Ben Carrick

Recorded at Resident Studios

Mixed by Roy Merchant @ The Dairy, Brixton.

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