Behind the Track

Behind The Track: Agiris

29th April 2019

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

I’d been learning a lot about chaos and order and the benefits of straddling the line between both. If order is the predictable and the secure, chaos refers to the territory of the unknown. I wanted to take this concept and apply it to the night, to the darkness. I’m a big fan of the moon, which has a lot of chaotic symbolism, but is also creative and mystical. To become an agent of noir is, in essence, to face your fear, and to allow that fearful energy to push you outside of your comfort zone. The music video was very inspired by the likes of FKA Twigs’ ‘Papi Pacify’ and Kelela’s ‘A Message’.

How did you approach writing this song?

The hook of the track actually came from a photograph my boyfriend took of me at a bonfire. I was splaying my hands in a witchlike manner and I imagined myself harnessing the energy of the flames, having the ‘solar core at my fingertips’. This was the original stimulus; and then by imagining myself draining daylight from the sky, more lines came to me that formed the direction of the song. I knew I wanted it to be dark and minimal in production to then build in drama, conveying the step into the unknown.

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

Inspectors do their best but can’t identify my movements.
The glint inside their eyes will only pride them with delusions,
’cause my fusion with the faded is invaded by the physical.
Night, as my religion, makes me foreign to the visible.

Those are my favourite lines from the song but my favourite section has to be the final hook, especially in the video where I appear as a royal-blue alien type figure, charged on mystery and fully re-birthed from my exploration.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Sly, ethereal and tenebrous.

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

Before BIMM I never even considered becoming an artist myself. I wanted to write for others (I still do, hit me up!) but never thought I had the capacity to write for myself and express myself as an artist; mostly because I’m not a singer. But I discovered that there are other ways of applying vocals to music that doesn’t just fit into either rapping or singing. I began testing the waters as part of an upbeat pop/rap duo which was quite sarcastic in nature before going solo with Agiris. Now, my sound, lyricism and overall aesthetic has developed into something more accomplished but I always look back fondly and amused on where I started out.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The connections, the ongoing mentoring and the reputation. ‘BIMM’ was like a buzzword in my interview that really propelled my application. And since Graduating in 2017 I’ve managed to secure a job relevant to my degree (Festival Events Supervisor/Administrator).

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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.