Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Quintessenz

21st March 2018

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

The first inspiration grew from the chord progression on the piano, accompanied by the guitar. We then wanted to connect the song to something mysterious and spherical. The sounds triggered a longing for love and for the space and remoteness in us. That’s how we came up with the concept of ‘Venus’ – the planet of love.

What did your process involve?

Well, writing and recording ‘Venus’ took around two months. As all of us had 9-to-5 jobs, we worked on this song in the evenings. We recorded a lot of material and got rid of the parts we thought didn’t fit. It was a very slow process but it gave us the certainty that we were happy with the song from A to Z… which we still are.

Sitting on the balcony late at night, looking at the stars and talking lyrics was very inspirational for the song. Once the whole arrangement was done, we decided to invite a string trio to play on the track. The vocals were recorded at a proper studio, but besides those, everything else was recorded in Colin’s bedroom back in Switzerland… even the strings.

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

We like the chorus the most – both lyrically and melodically. It connects all the elements of the song and relieves the melancholic energy. In the context of the whole arrangement, it boosts the song and takes it to a different place; one where listeners might not see it going.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Progressive and spherical Indie.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The great facilities and the easy way of making connections with people from uni or the industry.

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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.