Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Cameron Donald

13th June 2017

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

The inspiration came from my most recent release, “Balloons”, because that track itself was inspired by a book by Dr Seuss called “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” and “Movin’ Mountains” is, lyrically and thematically, “Balloons” 1.5.

The tracks have interweaving stories but completely different tones. Lyrically, they both play on nostalgia but “Balloons” is more uplifting whilst “Movin’ Mountains” is more anthemic, in my opinion.

Me and my bandmates did a medley of “Balloons” and “Movin’ Mountains” at Live & Lyrical in Term 2 at the O2 Academy in Islington and it went down a treat!

What did your process involve?

Me and another Songwriting student, Joe Bridges, sat down to write a new song that we would submit for the BIMM album. Joe wrote the piano part and I started writing my verse lyrics to it. A couple of days later we met up to finish the song in his flat, where we wrote the chorus for the song, with the aim of it being catchy and easily digestible for the listener.

When writing the lyrics I wanted to keep it within my own quirky universe of songwriting so made sure to include nostalgic references to things like The Lion King, professional wrestling and video games; things that everyone in my generation has their own memories of. I think this is a great way to get a listener to relate to the song’s message, as by taking a song’s story and making it more familiar using field-specific language and popular points of reference. I’m allowing the listener to feel a unique set of emotions when listening to my songs. No one person will have the same feeling when listening to my songs… That’s the goal, anyway!

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Nostalgic, catchy and ambitious!

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

For me, the best thing about studying at BIMM is having access to all the right tools that I need to succeed.

I can use the studios every day, I can always ask Leo, Lottie or Michelle for help regarding my releases or career and there are a wealth of impressive musicians just waiting to be discovered.

I’ve been given some amazing opportunities by studying at BIMM that would’ve otherwise taken me years to achieve!

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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.