Behind the Track

Behind the EP: Olly Flavell

12th February 2019

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

Most of my songs are written about friends and the situations they’ve been in at some point. I don’t mean to write them about friends but their situations are more relatable for listeners than mine. Hearing other people talk about what they’re experiencing is a big inspiration for me. Having an actual scenario to talk about really helps me write.

How did you approach writing the songs?

I make a lot of voice notes and mind-maps to keep track of my ideas. It grows from there really. I write my songs in bits and then kind of fit them together. Sometimes they take a while to become fully formed but eventually, with time and effort, they work.

Do you have a favourite line/section on the EP?

There’s a line in my song ‘The Bitter End’ that says ‘Everybody knows your type’. It stuck with me more than the rest and was actually the basis for my new merchandise designs which show visual representations of these lyrics. The songs are about memories and mind games, so naturally we went for the image of the brain.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Pop, singer-songwriter… is that three words or two?

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

It’s a bit cliché but I’ve found my own sound. My songs are lyrically more engaging but are also poppy and catchy enough for people to dance to. I write up-beat stuff and I’m just embracing that more now.

What was best thing about studying at BIMM?

The connections I made for sure and working with like-minded people who are just as passionate about music.

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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.