Bethany Ferrie has just released new single, Stayed, which took a couple of rewrites. It’s only in the past year that Bethany has started releasing music and gigging wherever she can. With just her and an acoustic guitar, Bethany brings her pop music to life with hints of Fleetwood Mac, Lewis Capaldi and Ed Sheeran. Bethany spoke to The Fountain about her influences as well as the single.
TF: You have a new single out, what inspired you to title it Stayed?
I had the line ‘we were living in the moment’ in a notebook for the longest time that I never really developed until a while later. The chorus was written based off of just that and most of it stayed the same throughout all the re-writes. When I was still messing around with melodies the initial last two lines of the chorus were ‘when I told you all the heartbreaks, never thought you’d be the hardest one’ which really didn’t have any hook to it. I left it for a few months and then it all just came together one day when I looked over it again. It was my easy way of saying ‘I miss you’ without actually saying it.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
A happy heartbreak song.
TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences?
I love pop music and I think it sometimes gets a bad rap. There’s something in its simplicity that I think some artists have really cracked and that’s why they’re so popular, because they can say what they mean in three simple lines instead of three verses.
I’ve idolised Taylor Swift since I picked up a guitar at ten and even more so in my later years when I started writing. I think it’s from that, that I picked up the country twang in my voice that some people point out. I’m a big fan of conversational lyrics so that’s when Taylor Swift, Julia Michaels etc play a huge part in how I write. I’ve also been obsessed with JP Saxe at the moment who just writes like it’s all one stream of consciousness flowing out of him.
My sound can fluctuate from time to time depending on who or what I’m listening to at the time. I love the sounds coming from 5 Seconds of Summer’s recent albums, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi, Shawn Mendes. Which could be taken that my own sound is the guitar-driven kind of pop instead of the synth led – but saying that, Dua Lipa’s new album is one of my favourites.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release, can we look forward to an EP, LP?
I think I’m heading in the direction of an EP at the moment – maybe four or five songs in the next year with a few singles scattered around. I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to lyrics so it can take me a while to get a song the way I want it before I start thinking of production, but I have few songs saved up that I really want to get out there.