Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Sylvine

14th July 2017

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What was the inspiration behind your track?

The inspiration was an unhealthy relationship and I wanted the track to have a dark and atmospheric feel, as I wanted the music to subside to the emotions I was feeling and portraying in the track. I took a lot of inspiration from a lot of different bands such as Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine and Pixie Geldof. I took inspiration from different elements of each of these artists, and others, to create a unique style of sound.

What did your process involve?

I’ve always written poetry so the writing process was fairly simple for me. I use a lot of metaphors in my writing so the meaning behind the track can be interpreted in a way which suits the listener, whilst still holding a very obvious meaning to me. With the instrumentation I tried a lot of different styles; I played it acoustically, with a separate band, and then eventually I learnt that I didn’t like the way the track was portrayed in each of these settings. Then I created the sound that only I wanted the track to sound like, and didn’t let others around me try to change the song into something it wasn’t meant to be.

Is there are story behind the track?

Python is about a person who cheats and lies their way through a relationship, and about coming to your senses and listening to what everyone around you is telling you. My friends repeatedly called this person a snake so I turned all of my sadness into this poem and then all of the sadness eventually turned into anger towards this person. So I find this song to be an ode to someone who hurt me and got away with it.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

I would describe Python as atmospheric, dramatic, and hypnotic.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

For me, the best thing about studying at BIMM is the number of networking opportunities; working closely with tutors and students who are genuinely excited to help me with my music. Also the practice resources, as without all of these I definitely wouldn’t be the in the position that I am today.

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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.