Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Tim Bräm

27th June 2017

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What was the inspiration behind your track?

My inspiration for the song came from a quiet dark and depressing section from the novel “A Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway. He writes there about a world that breaks everyone sooner or later. I was interested in the timing of it. When exactly do people break in Hemingway’s theory? This led me to my colorful childhood, damaging teachers and the two disgusting espressos I used to drink to survive another 8 hour workday.

What did your process involve?

I initially wrote the song for guitar and vocals because, I wanted to play it when I’m busking. So like always I sat down with my guitar and figured out a chord progression. I wanted to keep the song raw and kind of dark, so I used a simple structure and just a few chords. When it was chosen for the BIMM Album I had the opportunity to record the song with world class producer Pete Smith, who suggested to me to change the the whole instrumentation. So I ended up with just a violin, some electric guitars and a piano.

Is there a specific line that stands out in the song, and why?

I would say “I can’t burn all the books” because it is a provocative line when you read/hear it the first time. But when you put it in context you will maybe start to see it as an insight of someone who can’t go back.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Intimate, Raw, Story

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The people! There are so many talented students at BIMM. I can always find someone who is better than me in a specific area which is really inspiring and helpful.

Find out more about Tim on his artist page here.

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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.