Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Centuries

10th July 2017

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What was the inspiration behind your track? / Is there are story behind the song?

Inspiration for the track came from world events that were occurring during the months it took to write and finalise the song. Such as the new US presidency, worldwide terrorist attacks, and the state of the UK. The band is politically and socially motivated and we want to achieve something worthwhile with our music by helping people out as well as engaging listeners and making them think about their social constructs and if they are happy with the world they live in. We aren’t happy with the current state of affairs and we want to make a change. The song meaning is how world events affect us individually so how we can pull together to make a change. It is a dark theme but there are also glimmers of hope throughout the song. This light and darkness is represented by dynamics between heavy and soft parts in the song and is a theme that is also displayed throughout our upcoming EP!

What did your songwriting process involve?

Nathan – I write the blueprints of the songs, with a general feel, concept, and structure in mind. I then record a guitar riff and write midi drums to support it and work from there. I then share this rough demo with the rest of the band and everyone inputs something whether it be structural changes, or development of riffs etc. Matthew then practices the drum parts and changes fills to fit his style of playing more and then these are rewritten in the MIDI. Everything is done with the computer rather than in a rehearsal studio as we find it more productive this way. Once the instrumental demo was completed, lyrics were written and demo’d by myself then re-recorded and developed with Connor the vocalist.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Heavy, Ambient, Intelligent.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The best thing about studying at BIMM is the people you meet and the networking you conduct which you wouldn’t be able to do through other establishments. We’ve met and networked with people such as Dan P Carter (Radio 1 Rock Show) and Clare Maxwell (Riser Records) as well as musicians such Periphery, Olly Steele (Monuments) and Niall Rodgers & Chic. We have all made friends for life through BIMM.

Author

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.