Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Chris Kelly

15th November 2017

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

I wrote ‘My Name’ not too long after moving away from home for the first time and it’s about the many changes in my life that happened as a result of that. I can be quite a stubborn person at times so myself and change don’t tend to get on very well and that is what the song is about.

What did your process involve?

Like the majority of my songs, the music came before the lyrics when I wrote ‘My Name’. I write and perform a pretty even mixture of full band type songs and acoustic songs, and at the time I needed a few more full band tracks which is where the up-beat, choppy chord pattern came from.

I like to take as much of a D.I.Y approach to my music as is possible, so once the song was written I recorded all the instruments (apart from drums) at home during my summer break. After that my friend Frank Harris, who plays drums for me live, recorded the drums at his home studio. After we had all the instruments recorded it was mixed by another BIMM student, Frank Place.

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

My favourite part of the song is the middle eight as the change in tempo and time signature makes the section really stick out amongst the rest of the song. I did this because to me it adds a certain amount of drama to the song which I hope is sonically reminiscent of the turbulent time that the song is about.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Americana inspired indie.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

For me, the best part of studying at BIMM is being surrounded by so much music and so many musical people because that makes it an incredibly inspiring place to be and it has allowed me to be the musician I have always wanted to be.

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