Behind the Track

Behind The Track: Dan Fraser

25th February 2019

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

The song came about from lusting after a love interest that was impossible because I was already tied to someone I was unhappy with. I hadn’t recognised I needed to break away from that person until my eye was drawn to someone new, and the song explores the idea that even the most finite moments of tension with someone can spark such an intense longing.

How did you approach writing this song?

The track came after a period of writing several slower acoustic-based songs. I had attempted to sit and create something that was overly earnest and heartfelt so many times that I was bored with my way of writing. I decided to pen something that I could just have fun with.

The song stemmed from writing over a looped drum pattern on Logic and picking out bass lines on an electric piano sound. I finished recording the first demo an hour after starting the song.

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

“Hold my gaze for a while, I dare you”

I like how visceral it is for me when I sing it. It captures that moment of accidentally locking eyes with someone, when you both instinctively look away. It’s playful and teasing and I feel it sums up the atmosphere of the song.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Refreshing emotive pop.

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

It’s given me the opportunity to make all the big soundscape ideas I have when writing a reality. I’ve developed the confidence to not rely on acoustic guitar to carry arrangements of the things I write, and I think in the process of doing that, my writing has become more interesting.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

I’ve said it before but – the people. Being surrounded on a daily basis by people that actively support and believe in your music – whether that be tutors or students – is invaluable. The industry is a tough place, and the atmosphere of BIMM gives you the time and space to grow into being ready to take it on.

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James Watts

Social Media Assistant, Professional Bassist and Music Journalist. Career highlights include performing at some of the UK's premier music festivals, recording in Abbey Road and interviewing Debbie Harry.