Behind the Track

Behind the Track : Maria Kelly

12th April 2017

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After premiering this single with The Irish Times, BIMM Dublin’s Maria Kelly goes Behind the Track on her latest single ‘Far Below’

What was the inspiration behind your track?

‘Far Below’ is the first single from my upcoming EP ‘The Things I Should’ and when writing for this project I had a particular theme in mind. The four songs on the EP detail my previous struggles with honest self-expression and how a lack of it at the outset created a much bigger problem in the long run.

‘Far Below’ is kind of an introduction to that theme. It’s about feeling very secluded or ‘far away’ from the people you care about due to the fact that you’re hiding your thoughts and feelings. It’s also concentrates on the frustration that comes along with doing it again and again.

What did your songwriting process involve?

This was one of those songs that happened in about ten minutes and I’m not entirely sure where it came from – which I sometimes find to be the best kind of song, haha! I was quite upset after a phone call and I guess feeling frustrated at myself and the situation. So I wrote it down and messed around with some chords and that was it.

Is there a story behind the song?

Yes but I love to dance around the true story behind it and allow people to take their own meaning from the song. However as I said, it began with a frustrating phone call and a lack of honesty.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

This is such a difficult question! I’m totally stealing words from kind reviews but – honest, poignant, and atmospheric.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

It has to be the environment. You’re constantly surrounded by people who are creating, trying to improve, and trying to succeed and that makes for the perfect environment to work in. Also the support network is amazing; the tutors are always on hand to give advice, advice which would be incredibly difficult to find outside of the BIMM community. The majority of students are beyond supportive when it comes to attending gigs, sharing music online, and giving feedback. All in all, I really do think that it’s an amazing place to grow and improve as a musician.

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