Behind the Track

Behind the Track: SAMÜ (ft. Tequisha)

13th June 2018

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

I guess the original inspiration for the song stems from my interest in exploring the bass guitar away from its traditional function, bringing it more to the forefront in compositions. My early influences as a bass player included players like Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten and Jaco Pastorius. I posted a video on Instagram of me playing around with harmonics, which later became the intro and outro to ‘Disappear’, and Tequisha got in contact with me saying she wanted to write a song with it. She sent me Daughter’s track ‘How’ and suggested writing something in a similar style. Lyrically, the inspiration comes from the emotions Tequisha felt the composition evoked: dark, but hopeful.

How did you write this song?

After Tequisha got in contact with me, I went away and wrote a rough arrangement of the song in Logic Pro X. I then met up with her and, after making a few changes to the song, she began working on the topline. The final stage of the writing process was in the practice room with the band I got together. I already had quite a strong idea of how I wanted the song to sound but naturally everyone had their own input and helped to craft it into the final arrangement.

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

My favourite part is the final round of the chorus (3:19) – this is when everything’s building up to the final climax. I love playing songs with big dynamic shifts; it really gets the adrenaline pumping.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Soothing, atmospheric, cinematic.

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

I think BIMM has helped me think about songs in their entirety and how everything works together, rather than trying to include something flashy just for the sake of it. It’s also helped me to see my place in the music scene, so whether or not I’m choosing to write something commercially viable, I’m now better able to consciously make this decision.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The people, for sure. Whether it’s the staff or students, everyone knows something you don’t, so there’s a lot you can learn if you apply yourself.

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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.