Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Clodagh

28th January 2019

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

I wrote this track during a difficult period of my life a few months back. The song is dedicated to my nana who passed away last March and the song is my way of expressing my grief and all that comes with that. It’s raw and real and the song was a huge factor in helping me get through it all, creating something tangible to share with the world.

How did you approach writing this song?

I started by messing with a Major 7 arpeggio and the song just kind of came together from there. The chords are a bit unusual and I wanted each note to stand by itself so the song continues with arpeggios the whole way through, weaving in and out of major and minor tonalities.

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

My favourite line is “Find a light to help and guide me”, mainly because it was one I felt like I should change and kept going back to because I thought it wasn’t poetic enough and I thought it was a bit generic but it was exactly what I wanted to say; plain and simple. Over time, I found it grew on me and I learned there can be power in simplicity and sometimes it can be better not to complicate things to make them sound “prettier”.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Harmony-based, chill and atmospheric.

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

I think it has developed so much. I’ve always had a love for unusual chords but I didn’t really know how these chords worked or where they came from. Through learning about theory and arrangement in college, I learned how to structure songs the way I wanted to and have them sound exactly as I heard them in my head.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

For me, it’s being constantly surrounded by so much inspiration and talent all the time. There is so much to learn there in and outside of classes and it really makes you responsible for what you get out of it, which prepares you for the real world in the music industry.

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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.