We caught up with BIMM Bristol’s Sam Evans, about his band Verdisa, and their track ‘Heavenly Gates’
What was the inspiration behind your track?
I think that music was the main inspiration for this track. I say ‘I think’ because I’m still trying to work it out! The entire song came to me in about 5 minutes. It came last year when I was sat in my room playing my guitar, not very inspiring I know! I quickly grabbed my phone and recorded it. A few weeks later I listened back to the recording with my oldest friend and fellow band member Andy Slade, and we decided together that we’d give it a shot with the full band. Before you know it, we were recording the song and filming a music video for it.
What did your songwriting process involve?
Usually, my songwriting process starts by immersing myself in nature, soaking up the special parts of life and exploring my feelings, then articulating and refining that all into music. Some songs of mine have taken around 2 years to complete, but this song like a few others came out in a flash. I think the key behind this technique is always being on your toes ready with an instrument, pen and paper, and something you can capture the idea on like a phone.
Is there are story behind the song?
Funnily enough, the story behind this song has been perfectly articulated by another great friend and band member Jonny Turner and it goes like this… “No matter how old the world can seem or how hard life can be, have the faith to keep on going. Cross the lake, climb the mountains & meet me where the sun bursts through the clouds. By the Heavenly Gates.”
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Powerful, Uplifting, Pure.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
The connections I have made at BIMM are the most valuable thing for me. Each member of Verdisa attended BIMM so without it we would not be a band.