Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Alex Luke

4th April 2018

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What was the inspiration/is there a story behind your track?

The song is quite personal to me. I wrote it about two years ago now, but it’s one I’ve been back to and developed further. The song is about love, loss and heartbreak, and the emotions you go through over the course of a day. I wanted people to be able to interpret the song in ways personal to them, but for it still to be personal to me… which is why I wanted it to be my debut single and the one which established my style.

What did your process involve?

I wanted to make the song sound like what the words are about. I mention ‘dreaming’, so I kept this in mind and used a slow tempo and soft phrasing to portray this. I recorded the track in my home studio. I started with the finger-picked rhythm section on a hollow body electric, and recorded through an amp rather than DI the guitar because I felt this added to the meaning of the song, as it sounds just as it would if I was playing it in my bedroom. I played all the instruments on the record and I produced it myself. I came up with some nice chord voicings for the piano and string sections. When writing the song, the idea for the call and response in the chorus was something I thought made the track a little different. I didn’t plan for it, but it just happened and I felt it worked nicely. Finally, I recorded the lead guitar sections with a Strat to contrast against the hollow body. When the song was tracked and I’d finished with the production, I mixed and mastered it at home.

Do you have a favourite line/section of the song?

The middle eight section (which is actually 16 bars, so it could be argued that it’s a verse) is a favourite of mine because this is where a different kind of emotion is portrayed before going back into the chorus. I use a more powerful delivery on the vocals and the change in chords breathes new life into the story. I also really love the guitar solo at the end – it was just so fun to play!

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Soulful, honest, melodic.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

What I love about BIMM is being around other creative people. It’s helped to push me as a musician and writer, and being able to study music and learn about iconic musicians has been great too.

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Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.