Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Elina & The Kicks

20th August 2018

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

The idea of personifying a castle or fortress has been hidden within pages of my notes for years. My music often explores themes of human connection and disconnection. The parts of us we share with the world and the parts that we don’t, can’t, or don’t know how to. The complexity of these secret lives, as well as the unattainable parts of other people, inspired this song. The extended metaphor of a fortress illustrates the frustration of feeling on the outside of someone.

How did you write this song?

I knew this idea had potential but avoided writing this song for a long time. I was afraid it wouldn’t sound like it did in my head, and of confronting the complex emotions that inspired it. The song finally came about in a moment of need. A friend of mine bailed last minute on an EOT audition. I needed another hit song, fast! I decided it was finally time to sit down and get ‘Stone Fortress’ from my head onto paper.

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

I still remember hanging with the Kicks in a dingy basement studio in Dublin. It was the very first time I brought the song to the band. I played the first few chords by myself, and then the band came in spontaneously, all together, full force. My favourite part of the song is still that moment in the intro, because the first time it happened, it was magic. It was so organic and sounded even better than it did in my head. It just worked, and it’s come to define our sound.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Road Trip Vibes.

How do you feel your sound has developed from studying at BIMM?

Each song I write has a piece of me, my lyrics can be deeply personal and vulnerable, and it can be scary to share this with the world. At BIMM, I’ve learned not to shy away from this vulnerability, but to lean into it. I’ve gained the confidence to embrace my signature juxtaposition between emotional and sometimes dark lyrics with singable hooks and catchy melodies. Further, BIMM encouraged me to not commit to any specific genre, but to continue to be inspired by different genres and sounds that excite me.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The best thing about BIMM is getting to interact with every different kind of musician. From first years who are just finding their voices, students who have started off in other areas of study and then later committed to music, experienced tutors, and seasoned experts leading masterclasses, the range of people and stories here is fascinating. I’ve also loved watching classmates develop over time, witnessing them mature and evolve as musicians, and getting to be a part of their musical journey.

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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.