Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Warsaw Radio

14th March 2018

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At BIMM, not only are we surrounded by an abundance of talented students, but many of our staff are active in the music industry, and that’s not just the tutors!
Brían McNamara, our Head of International Development, is also songwriter and lead Singer for Warsaw Radio. ‘Ms. Monroe’, the latest single to be released from their debut album ‘Midnight Broadcast’, was recently premiered by Chris Hawkins on BBC Radio 6 Music and received rave reviews from BBC Introducing in the UK. We spoke with Brían to take a look Behind the Track.

Is there a story behind your track?

The song and video takes inspiration from the relationship between filmmaker Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe. The narrative imagines Monroe giving advice on relationships after the break down of her relationship with Miller when they were filming what would be Monroe’s last film (‘The Misfits’) in Reno, Nevada. The idea for this narrative came to me after going to a Brighton Fringe play about Miller & Monroe a few years ago.

What did your process involve?

I’ve been experimenting with different styles of songwriting for the last two years and working on production with Paul Lennox (Drums), Laurence Bridge (Bass) and Chris Webber (lead guitar) who are all BIMM alumni. In this song, I’m narrating from another person’s perspective and I’ve found this style of song-writing opens new doors creatively.

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

“As long as the stars are steady we’ll cry out”

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Engaging upbeat rock.

What’s the best thing about being a part of BIMM?

I’ve been inspired by the creative community that exists at BIMM, from the incredible talent we have at our student showcases to following the production and performance work of my colleagues within BIMM staff.

 

If you like what you’ve heard, you can help support Warsaw Radio here on PledgeMusic. Listen to more from Warsaw Radio on Spotify and stay up to date with the band on Facebook, Twitter and their Website.

 

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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.