Behind the Track

Behind the Track: China Blue

13th June 2018


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

I get a lot of inspiration from talking to my friends; about their pasts, worries, emotions, etc. With this particular song, my friend was talking to me about a girl he once knew and said she had these big blue eyes that really captivated him. That sort of gave me the image of eyes being a mirror: reflective. That’s how the lyric ‘soul mirror’ came about. He also didn’t get to know her better, as he moved away, but he really liked her. I think we can all relate to that feeling, which is why the song is quite achy. I also feel like that sort of infatuation can be poisonous… like cherry seeds.

How did you write this song?

I think I just started typing some lyrics into notes while we were having the conversation… they sort of sparked like that. I had my guitar nearby too, so I just started playing some chords.

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

“Your eyes, they reflect me, your soul windows. I saw myself in your soul. Soul mirrors.”

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Dark, dreamy, grunge-folk?

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

It’s developed a lot just from being around other musicians. The environment counts. The whole experience of coming to uni and living alone can evoke a lot of emotions – it’s all very new.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The tutors – they’re very knowledgeable and all have their own quirks. It’s great.


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.