Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Sub Motion

1st June 2018

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

The theme of the song definitely came from a place of pent-up anger and pain. The lyrics are quite aggressive and point the finger at someone. Writing this track was very much a healing exercise and a way to express that anger in a positive way.

How did you write this song?

We were recording a track in Herbert Place Studios for another single to be released later in the year. We had a very basic idea of the song or a riff that was going around in rehearsals, but no structure or even any vocal ideas for it. Then between takes for that session we started jamming and playing around with the idea, and it seemed to click in that creative environment. So essentially, we wrote and recorded the track all in one day.

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

My favourite line personally is in the 2nd verse, where it says “Quit crying over spilled milk, thinking that you’re special”. It felt very brash and blunt to write that line, and I think the tone comes across that way in the track as well. But it also felt invigorating to be that up front about the anger that I felt. For me, I don’t really like to write sad songs anymore like I used to. It feels more satisfying and empowering to turn pain into something powerful that can hopefully uplift other people.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Balls. To. (The) Wall.

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

I actually joined the band during my first year of BIMM, so there’s been a huge progression from then to now. I came from a singer/songwriter background, having never played in a band with other people which was a big adjustment. It was a lot of trial and error trying to figure out our sound and where we wanted to go with it for the first few years. Now it feels like we’ve gotten to a place where we know what we’re doing, we know what we want and we’re very sure of our sound and the direction we’re heading in.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

BIMM teaches you so many valuable life lessons and gives you practical tools that you can use in the real world. At the end of the day though, it is and always has been about the people. The tutors and your peers are some of the best people you will meet in your life, and probably some of the most valuable relationships you’ll form in your music career. These are the people who will shape the future of the music industry, so make sure that you make as many connections as possible during your time in BIMM.

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 by Simon Meagher

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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.