Bethany Ferrie is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Glasgow, Scotland. Music just seemed to be the most natural thing for Bethany to fall into, “I picked up the guitar at 10 years old and my dad taught me the basic chords,” Bethany tells Eat This Music at the top of our chat about her new single. “I’m glad I stuck with it since it sort of steered me into singing covers and then writing my own stuff. I think I first started writing just to see if I could do it. Now though, I find it’s the best way I can process things and figure out my feelings in a way that I wouldn’t be able to if I didn’t write it down.”
Bethany has released two singles in 2021 so far and to a lot of people, that might seem like a really small number, but Bethany feels as though these songs have been sitting inside of her just waiting to figure them out: “I’m getting to know myself as a songwriter in terms of technique and style and my sound,” Bethany continues. “I also just graduated from university with an honours degree in music and I’m heading in to do the masters course in songwriting in September so I’m looking forward to that.”
Bethany’s ‘This Is Where I Leave You‘ was a long time coming for her, it is a special song and it took a lot of time to write and even longer to record: “It’s about losing someone close to you and then coming to terms with the fact that they’re no longer here, having this whole life in front of you that you thought they would be a part of and it’s just ripped away,” Bethany explains. “It deals a lot with grief and this state of shock you slip into. I honestly think I caught the title from a film on Netflix and thought ‘that would be a great song.’”
“I feel like you never really leave someone behind just because they’re gone. You carry them with you, you have little pieces of them living inside you because they were in your life at one point.” — Bethany Ferrie
Bethany’s best songs come from when she knows exactly what she wants to put across, which is the case with a song like this, a song that features the exact concept and feeling Bethany wanted to convey. She put everything of herself into making music and that is reflected in the final cut.
“The production on this track did so many 180s that I can’t even remember how it sounded at the start,” Bethany says on the initial creative process of the song. “I had versions of piano and vocals on their own, different guitars, different keys, different tempos.” In fact, it took Bethany months just to work on this one song before she showed anyone. In saying that, the way the song is now is the way she wanted it to sound in the beginning, Bethany just had to find it first per see.
“I find that the songs I write that I like the most are the ones about a personal experience,” Bethany continues in our chat. “I can write to narratives and stories that I come up with but those songs don’t stick to me in the same way.”
“It’s good to allow yourself to feel things, to process your emotions, to face what you’ve been scared to face, but do it at your own pace. There’s no timeframe or linear stages that you pass through and never go back. You can still find yourself crying on a good day.” — Bethany Ferrie
With Bethany’s previous single and this one too, she has been trying to be as open in her writing as possible, and these are the sort of things she is finding when she allows herself to feel the things; maybe been suppressing or neglecting. With trying to find Bethany’s own sound, she is also sort of naturally fitting into that perspective without trying because the songs she is writing are completely her in the end.