Behind the Track

Behind The Track – AlexStella

4th March 2019

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

I was single when I wrote the song and all of my friends were in relationships. It was funny to me how everyone perceived those people as happy and perfect, when in reality they had their own problems. ‘Stuck On You’ is based on one example. I was just happy that I didn’t have to experience it.

How did you approach writing this song?

I remember that the second term had just finished and I felt really pressured to write a good song, since I hadn’t really focused on my own stuff. As usual, I had my little midi piano in my lap and as the sun lit up my room I kept looping the 7th chords from the intro. I tried to imagine how it would feel to be in an abusive relationship from the stuff I heard from my friends and I guess the words just came out naturally. However, the environment makes a big difference when I write songs, so I guess I just have to thank the foul-smelling apartment in Clapham that really gave me some good ideas.

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

“Call yourself perfect, well I can see through you you’re far away from it. Yet you’re making me feel so small.”

It’s funny how we excuse the unkindness from a person we love.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Melodic, captivating, alternative.

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

Before I even started releasing and performing with my own music, I was always asked to play piano or saxophone for others, and honestly I always found it so exhausting. But when I look back at it now, I’m really grateful for those opportunities. At least now I’m able to write melodies for every instrument and I never feel restricted when I play the piano. So I guess my sound has gotten more detailed and challenging.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

Connecting with different nationalities and sharing and experiencing it with people with different cultures. I’ve learned so much about how the music business works and I’ve been inspired musically by other students.

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