Behind the Track

Behind The Track: James Humphrys

8th August 2018

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

The inspiration for the song came about after a music theory exam. I’d been working on the song for a while, but had been worried and caught up on this theory exam I had coming up. I did the exam and on the way home I started singing the chorus melody and immediately finished recording the song once I was home. It’s about feeling a sense of belonging to someone who maybe doesn’t feel the same, or at least you’re unsure. The chorus is pretty self-explanatory!

How did you write this song?

I wrote the song predominantly on guitar, starting with the chorus then built it up around that, whilst recording different instruments and textures at home on logic. It was an ongoing project for a while but came together quite quickly in the end.

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

My favourite section is the second pre-chorus. Although the verses are a bit more lyrically interesting in my opinion, I had been listening to the band Rubblebucket a lot, who use horn sections and baritone sax in a more contemporary, popular manor. I play a little bit of saxophone but had never recorded it for one of my tracks before so I knew I wanted to incorporate that, so when the sax comes in during that second pre-chorus is probably my favourite section!

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

I think my sound has developed dramatically since starting at BIMM. Ultimately I think it comes down to confidence and understanding what I like and what I’m capable of. That’s why I think BIMM is a great opportunity for aspiring artists to explore this, to find their own sound, which is always going to be a challenging aspect of making music!

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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.