‘Before We Forgot How to Dream’ is a stunning snapshot of SOAK’s formative years growing up in Northern Ireland, touching variously on the themes of isolation, family and what to do with your future. Already compared with the likes of Laura Marling and Beach House, Bridie has been a rising star in her hometown of Derry since the age of 14.
SOAK’s debut album traces her extraordinary journey to this point, and marks Bridie’s graduation from raw talent to a significant songwriter for the years ahead. It seems also to speak of those more universal joys and fears of adolescence, before we, too, forgot how to dream.
The album is out now on Itunes
Thanks to Soak
Thanks to Sébastien B.
Correction : Valencia Ehrhart
I’m 5 foot 1, Irish, I like kind of dark acoustic music. I’ve been playing music since I was 13, and when I was 16 I signed with Universal and that’s when I started playing gigs all the time and traveling all the time and recording. Now I turned 19 and my album is about to be released.
On your first song B a noBody, you’re talking about teenage life and how it can be difficult sometimes, how was your teenage life?
Pretty good, I’ve been doing this for a big part of my teenage life, so I have the feeling that I had to grow up very fast to be taken seriously in this industry. I grew up with the same group of friends so life was good. I wrote the song when my friends finished school, the all idea of that song is totally a contradiction on being somebody or being nobody can be the same thing. At any point of your teenage life you can relate to the lyrics.
Now that you’re a signed artist did it change things around regarding your music or your melancholia?
No it didn’t change anything at all, music wise. I never feel forced to write anything and I can’t write if I’m forced. I need a reason to start writing, or an emotion. I will write words to understand what was in my head.
How would you describe your music and lyrics?
I feel like writing when I’m happy or sad, but I kind of noticed that when people experience a sad moment in their life, they have the tendency to listen to sad music. That’s why I write that kind of song. It’s easier to create when you’re sad I think. In my album you’ll find very upbeat songs but with very sad lyrics, it’s who I am, and I think that’s what people like in my music.
What kind of artist or band can you compare yourself to?
I don’t know, I don’t think I recognize myself in another artist. I don’t know, the press compared me to others but I don’t really think we are the same artists.
Your album is soon coming out, what should we expect?
It will be surprising in a way that some of the sounds are something I’ve never done before and people have never heard that from me. I think it will be interesting too because there are songs I’ve been writing when I was 14 and it will give people an idea of who I am. I think it’s an album you have to listen a few times before you understand it all.
If you had to describe it using 3 words, what would they be?
Honest, emotional, intriguing
As an artist, what is your creating process?
I like to be alone to create. I’ve done co-writing before and it didn‘t fit right with me. Usually the person wrote ¾ of the song and I wrote the last part. But I don’t like it. Writing a song is so personal, it’s your life, your experience, your emotions. I really have to create for myself.
Will You consider writting for someone else ?
I know some people do that but I’m not sure I’m one of them. I can’t create something impersonal and give it away, it wouldn’t be as strong or as emotional because it wouldn’t mean anything for me. I’m not able to share something very personal for me.