Behind the Track

Behind the Track: SELFOSS

27th April 2018

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

It tells the story of being in a dilemma over whether to see a date or to stay alone. It’s about choosing to stay isolated in a bubble while actually feeling depressingly comfortable with it.
We like the fact that we both know what it feels like to be in this paradoxical state.

What did your process involve?

The inspiration for the song content came around a year ago during an ice-cold snowstorm back in Switzerland. The lyrics and the melody were there way before the actual instrumental could be used as a foundation for it. Over time, we came up with ideas for synthesiser sounds, drum grooves and an overall song progression. All the recordings and mixing parts were done in Allan’s home studio where our song got fine-tuned into the shape it’s in now.
It’s our target to reach listeners in both of our homes – London and Switzerland – as we feel connected to them both and they’ve been essential for the development of our music.

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

The first two lines of Verse 1:
‘I feel so confused, I’ll have all help right refused
My emotions are used, I’m unsure if it’s you…’
These words represent the general emotional feeling and the insecurity we want to express with the song.

Can you describe your song in three words?

A gloomy bliss.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

It’s inspiring to be taught by people who’ve worked in the music industry for a long time.
To have everyday contact with someone who’s collaborated with artists such as REM, The Libertines, Michael Kiwanuka or Adele is both motivating and impressive at the same time. It’s great to have an opportunity to connect with so many professionals across different fields in 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.