Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Colleen Heavey

12th June 2017

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

My career goal is to be a commercial songwriter in Nashville, so I try to critically listen to lots of pop music and learn the characteristics of successful songs. ‘Man So Bad’ is inspired by artists like Little Mix and Rihanna; lyrically it’s pretty simple, it talks about being in a club and there’s some trouble with a boyfriend. When I’m writing pop music I try to write with commercial success and radio potential in mind.

What did your process involve?

I started out by looping a really simple 3-note hook melody on guitar, which I recorded on Logic X and changed into a synth. After that everything was done electronically. I wanted to go for an almost artificial sound, so I used long effects chains on each track. It was amazing to get to work with the sound engineer Michael Heffernan on this track, he really pushed the song to the next level. It was awesome that BIMM gave me the opportunity to work with him, seeing as he’s recorded some of the biggest bands and artists to come out of Ireland, including The Script.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Hooky, modern, and commercial.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The best thing about studying in BIMM is the amount of opportunities and challenges it’s given me. The tutors are a wealth of information and experience, and they have the most up-to-date knowledge of the music industry both inside and outside of Ireland. No matter what you want to do within music, there are tutors in BIMM who are experienced enough to help you achieve your goals. I’ve also made friends for life and have played different instruments in several bands, which I would have never had the confidence to do before coming to BIMM. The music industry is at your fingertips in BIMM, and this ease of networking is an integral part of the opportunities that arise from being a BIMM student.

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.