Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Alex.

28th November 2018

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

I was browsing through old notes on my phone, and I found one from – you guessed it – 22 dec 2015, and it contained a variant of the first line you hear in the song. The words felt peculiarly adequate to how I was feeling at the time (that is, a couple of months ago), which is why writing the rest of the lyrics didn’t take a long time. The song is a poignant reflection on a series of events in my life; in essence, it talks about the internal distress that happens when one realises something that’s difficult to accept.

How did you write this song?

That lyric I found really stuck with me for a couple of days, so I came up with a melody for it and then began writing the rest of the song, which happened fairly quickly. I knew I wanted it to be a pretty simple piece, but it still felt incomplete. However, after a while, I was travelling somewhere by train and the atmosphere made me think of the song. So, I recorded the ambient noise with my phone, and that’s how that ended up on the track. Suddenly, it felt really close to being finished.

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

Probably the last lines from the bridge:
“Placid noise, bereft of shape/ Lost my voice, and my grace”

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Textured, eclectic, moody.

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

Well, it certainly evolved from a technical standpoint; learning about and having access to the various facilities BIMM offers gave me access to new creative tools which I use to make my productions more complex and professional sounding. I also started separating my songwriting side from my studio engineering side a lot more (which I think is really important), since I do everything from writing to mixing myself.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

I would say the tutors and the industry connections. You always have something new to learn from everyone teaching at BIMM, especially since reaching out to different tutors to learn things that aren’t necessarily on your course is always encouraged. I’ve met brilliant people that I look up to, and when you mix that with the opportunities that arise for BIMM students in every corner of the industry, it really is something remarkable.

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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.