What was the inspiration behind your track?
‘Morphine’ is taken from my debut EP Altar which explores the tension between darkness and light in the human psyche. This track is about what happens when something light like love is corrupted and becomes something dark, refracted through a lens of obsession and heartbreak.
What did your songwriting process involve?
It’s different for every song but for this one I had the lyrics for the first line, ‘you run through my veins like poison’ in my head I and imagined this syncopated piano bass line that I wanted to run through the first verse. Once I’d figured out the beginning and the key, I just sat at the piano and experimented, singing whatever words came into my head and trying out different chords. Once I had a draft complete I just went back to change any lyrics I thought didn’t work and then it was done. Sometimes songs take a while to write but this one kind of fell out really quickly.
Is there are story behind the song?
‘Morphine’ is about toxic love. The kind that is poisonous, destructive, and doomed but addictive so you can’t quite let it go. The whole EP touches on the demons we carry and toxic love is definitely one of those demons. Morphine is the perfect metaphor – something that numbs the pain and takes you out of yourself but that’s also dangerous, addictive, and deadly.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Church for sinners
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
Being surrounded by so many talented people. Out in the world it can be quite challenging to find instrumentalists, producers, songwriters etc. to work with and at BIMM you are spoilt for choice. There are so many amazing people making incredible music and it’s inspiring to be among them all. It’s a place where you can be fully committed to music and really push yourself.