Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Chris Driver

18th March 2019

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

The inspiration for the track is life’s journey and my own story up until now. ‘Fate’ became a four-minute autobiographical piece and a timely reminder that some of life’s decisions are out of our control. Like a conversation, I wanted the song to connect with the listener and convey that emotion of loss, and the unquantifiable highs and lows of love.

How did you approach writing this song?

My approach to writing the song started with the title ‘Fate’. For years I had wanted to write a song about the subject and over time jotted down various ideas. It was at the beginning of my second year at BIMM, when one day they all seemed to come together and the basic framework and lyrics for the song were there.

‘Life’s a catwalk meant for walking see, are you gonna jump on-board’, this line had been knocking about in my head for the last ten years. Then all of a sudden, I realised it slotted into the theme of the song. The chord progression for the verse was an idea I’d been playing for a while. Then for whatever reason, that day when the lyrics clicked, the chord sequence popped into my head and they married perfectly. I worked out the key and developed the song from there. The guitar part was originally strummed but while recording the song with Martin Cooper, we realised that a picked accompaniment was better suited to the stripped-back arrangement of just acoustic and vocal.

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

I’m very pleased with all the lyrics of the song but I especially like:

“Fate will punch you in the face one day
Fate will strike you to the floor…”

And

“Fate, I can touch you, taste you, feel you now
I can never pin you down
Our imagination’s undertow
If we believe enough, it’ll pull us through somehow’

I also love the melody of the ‘la la la’ sections. It sticks in your head and that’s what I was aiming to achieve.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Folk-Country-Pop.

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

While studying at BIMM, I feel my sound has developed into the folk singer-songwriter I want to be as an artist. The sum of all the parts you learn from vocal coaching – live performance skills, theory, song structure, arrangement, fine tuning, editing lyrics, etc –  have all contributed to helping me discover the direction I want to go in.

I’ve almost come full circle, focusing on my stripped-back sound of just vocal and acoustic guitar, but now I have so much more confidence in my songwriting and my performance. Honesty in the emotion you convey as an artist is so important. If I can get that emotion across, and connect with the listener so they can relate their own experiences to my songs, then I feel I’ve succeeded.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The best thing about studying at BIMM is the amazing network of talented people you’re introduced to. From my peers to all the tutors, it’s one big family of like-minded people who have an incredible driving passion and love for music. This has inspired and pushed me to be better. It’s scary and daunting sometimes, because you come away some days thinking you’re not good enough. But then you have to remember why you’re doing this and where you want to get to; be true to yourself and keep going.

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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.