BIMM Bristol’s Haytor go Behind the Track…
What was the inspiration behind your track?
In the lecture before I started writing it, we were learning about the ‘Big American Folk Song Book’ and I thought “I like the sound of that title.” This gave me the idea for the song name, and I worked from there.
I had played in rock bands for a few years beforehand and have always loved pop music, so this gave me the platform to transition into pop and allowed my songwriting to go into a direction it had never gone before.
What did your songwriting process involve?
This was the first song in which I tried to write lyrics before the melody, which I found incredibly difficult, especially trying not to hum some sort of melody along. At the time, it was intended as a rock song but it has been developed melodically and instrumentally over about a year
Is there are story behind the song?
I was trying to tow a line between some vivid old American imagery and a failed love story, and create more of a narrative than a standard “What happened?” love song.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Eccentric soaring pop
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
The abundance of musicians that you can work with. Or Greg Cordez.