Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Somebody’s Child

17th September 2018

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

For my final year assessments in college I had to write 3 songs in contrasting styles. For this particular one I chose Tame Impala as the initial influence as I had been listening to the band a lot at the time. Low and behold, trying to mirror Kevin Parker was a far harder challenge than expected, so the song quickly became my own.

How did you write this song?

I started by trying to write a bass line, although I’ve never owned a bass, so I had to play it on a guitar and experiment with some effects. I had a chord progression on the guitar that I had come up with beforehand, so I initially based it around that. The same guitar part can now be heard in the chorus.

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

I like the bridge/middle 8 a lot. It took a long time to get it right and was causing all sorts of problems when the song was being recorded, so it was a nice feeling to find something that felt right in the end. There’s also a line in the second verse I’m quite fond of that goes “Stop being cold, Stop playing hard, I know you’re not bored, so throw down your guard”.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Funky electro pineapple.

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

4 years is a long time for any person, let alone an artist. My sound developed hugely throughout my time there. There were times of uncertainty and even more forgotten-about-songs, but in the end I think everyone finds their feet somewhere. I’m happy where I found mine.

I used to play a lot of acoustic stuff and then I moved onto more grungy/indie type stuff and now I think I’ve parked up somewhere in the middle for the time being. Who knows where I’ll be in another 4 years.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The connections. Or better put, the relationships. You learn so much from the people around you and it can be really inspiring. The tutors also really help you get a good perspective on the industry, but at the same time it’s really important to experience it first hand and be willing to roll up your sleeves. That’s why having friends in the same boat can drive you forward.

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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.