Low Down

Album: single release only (2022)
Charted: 59
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Erin Doyle is a singer-songwriter from Chatham, Kent, who records under the name of Venbee. She broke through with "Low Down" after it went viral on TikTok.
  • "Low Down" finds Venbee struggling with depression. Though her mother told her "life would be fun," she finds it dark and scary and struggles to cope. The singer holds out her hand, hoping to find someone there for her.
  • Manchester-based singer-songwriter Dan Fable contributes a guest verse. He too is feeling the weight of the world on his chest, and resorts to drugs to lighten the load. When he's high, Fable is unconcerned about the consequences, but once he withdraws he feels like a train wreck.
  • Venbee and Fable wrote "Low Down" with the track's producer Elias Abid. A Paris-born, Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist, Abid's music has featured on ABC's sitcom Grown-ish, the documentary America To Me, and the film When Jeff Tried to Save the World.
  • The song originated with some voice notes Venbee wrote when she was 16 or 17. The singer told BBC Music Introducing in Kent's Abbie McCarthy that back then she wasn't in a good place mentally and "literally got so comfortable with feeling like rubbish in my head."

    Venbee had set up a writing session with Dan Fable and he'd asked her to come in with something. Going through her old voice notes, Venbee found her teenage recordings where she's talking about her depression. "And I was like, right, okay, you were low down low key," she recalled. "Let's just try and figure out a way to word this that other people can take into their own perspective."

    Venbee wrote the hook at 3 o'clock in the morning, as well as a couple of lines from the first verse. She played them to Fable, who liked it and agreed to help her finish the song. They wrote the track over FaceTime just on guitar, then Venbee's producer friend Elias Abid brought the tune to life.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Arrested For Your Art - The Story Of 2 Live Crew's "Obscene" Album

Arrested For Your Art - The Story Of 2 Live Crew's "Obscene" AlbumSong Writing

In the summer of 1990, you could get arrested for selling a 2 Live Crew album or performing their songs in Southern Florida. And that's exactly what happened.

In The Cards

In The CardsSong Writing

Songwriters have used cards and card games to make sense of heartache, togetherness, and even Gonorrhea.

Edie Brickell

Edie BrickellSongwriter Interviews

Edie Brickell on her collaborations with Paul Simon, Steve Martin and Willie Nelson, and her 2021 album with the New Bohemians.

Lecrae

LecraeSongwriter Interviews

The Christian rapper talks about where his trip to Haiti and his history of addiction fit into his songs.

Muhammad Ali: His Musical Legacy and the Songs he Inspired

Muhammad Ali: His Musical Legacy and the Songs he InspiredSong Writing

Before he was the champ, Ali released an album called I Am The Greatest!, but his musical influence is best heard in the songs he inspired.

Deconstructing Doors Songs With The Author Of The Doors Examined

Deconstructing Doors Songs With The Author Of The Doors ExaminedSong Writing

Doors expert Jim Cherry, author of The Doors Examined, talks about some of their defining songs and exposes some Jim Morrison myths.