ARTIST NAME: ABZ Winter
SONG TITLE: Faker
RELEASE DATE: 30/4/2021
GENRE: Pop/Dark Pop
Discuss your recording experience with your producer.
I love going to Matt Waddell at 14 Records, he understands exactly what I’m after from the melodies and always thinks outside of the box, great studio atmosphere. I come in, lay down the lyrics and melodies, discuss what I’m after and then Matt turns it into a great tune.
Discuss what comes first and last while creating a song.
I usually start with a catchy chorus and then build around that, I think the name always comes last.
Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist.
Don’t expect anything to happen overnight, music is such a long game and hard work, and make it your own journey; don’t look around you at what others are doing.
Discuss your worse experience in the music business.
OMG I turned up to a gig miles away assuming they had their own equipment (I had done a few gigs there previously as part of an event), only to be told I need my stuff, my poor mum raced the equipment to me:)))) and it took her over an hour.
Tell us how you make instrumentation to your song.
I always listen to other people’s music and if I like something I note it down and tell my producer, then we work together to get a similar sound, beat, feel.
Tell us how you feel when you sing and your fans sing along to your song.
I love singing, it makes everything bad in the world disappear, I just go into a zone. To hear people singing my songs back at me is awesome although I’m still relatively new to the industry so I’ve yet to experience a crowd doing that, I can’t wait.
Tell us the goals you aim to achieve when creating a song.
When I create a song, I write about personal experiences gained such as heartbreak, friendships, relationships, mental health, and self-love. My songs are aimed at making someone feel better about themselves and hopefully empowering them, I want my audience to realize that these things don’t just happen to them, it happens to us all.
Tell us your approach to writing.
I write as and when the mood takes, so I could be out somewhere, in the bath or at college, I just make notes on my phone till I can sit down and add to it, I have a book full of bits of songs. :))))
Tell us how you plan to develop a unique music style.
I use fusions from different styles and put them together in my own way, I don’t have a set style/genre really as I may do an upbeat pop song, then next a ballad but the feel and fusions of the music will be the same and my voice is distinct.
Tell us how you record your song.
I record in the studio, with my producer; we break the song into sections and do each part 2 or 3 times, this seems to work well for me.
Tell us if you are collaborating with other songwriters or you write alone.
I much prefer to write alone, then when I think I have the song nailed I sit down with my mum and we go over and over it, she’s very honest and tells me if it doesn’t flow or work and then we adapt it, this process can take weeks but it is usually just weeks. I’ve also had the privilege to have 1-2-1’s with Kieron Pepper over the last few months and his input has been invaluable on some of my recent songs.
Discuss your experience with fans.
I don’t really have fans so to speak, although I am starting to get a really good following on social media now, and I have lots of people who I have met over the last 2-3 years that really have my back and support me as and when they can.
Elaborate on the song.
The song I could say is written about people I have met over the last 5-6 years that were really friendly to your face, but when your backs turned they were in fact just mean. The message I wanted to get across with the song was to accentuate the lyrics and empower the meaning, not be a victim.
Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.
Abz Winter was chosen on the spur of the moment by my mum. My middle name is Winter (my Granny’s maiden name) – it’s a family tradition and Abby became Abz. I have thought about changing it, but my persona grew very quickly and it would be silly to change it now, everyone knows me as Abz and I’m the only Abz Winter on Google which works very well, pop my name in and I come up on the first two-three pages.
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Sometimes an artist comes along and ticks so many boxes and it’s difficult to curtail your excitement – Abz Winter is exactly that. Abz has a truly powerful voice with beautiful tones, charisma both on and off stage, and now at only 18 is writing all her own material.
‘FAKER’ is on-trend, exciting, and empowering – with a Disclosure type infectious beat and catchy chorus the lyrics Abz says she wrote because “People Are Not Always What They Seem”…., Abz is calling someone out for their behavior, in her usual fun way without malice and keeping the moral high ground. But there’s no fakery here, just Abz Winter’s usual powerful vocals delivered over strong funky beats, it’s a banger don’t just take our word for it, take a listen for yourself.
Abz Winter is an unsigned artist that has broken boundaries with her unique sound and fun-loving nature. Whether you’ve been to one of the many live performances or you’ve heard one of her songs, you’ll see why she’s renowned for her musical versatility. At only 18 Abz Winter has achieved a lot, she has been BBC CWR’s Introducing Artist of the Month, Played at Godiva Festival, performed at the Coventry Christmas Light Switch on, and been awarded Best New Artist in Coventry. Abz has also performed on the Unsigned Artist Stage at the Arena Birmingham & Resorts World, prior to Little Mix and Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera and Take That.
Not only is Abz Winter performing in some quality places she has also participated in workshops and masterclasses with the likes of Will Young, Jin Jin, Fred Cox, and Kieron Pepper. The latter of which advised on Faker.
Her songs have received airplay nationally including BBC Radio 2 by Dermot O’Leary on ‘Some Mothers Do Indie’, BBC CWR, BBC West Midlands, Brum Radio, All FM.