What was the inspiration/is there a story behind your track?
I wrote the song when I was 16, out of a spontaneous inspiration. After that the sheet I wrote it on disappeared somewhere in my room, until I found it again when I moved out of my parent’s house. The song has three meanings: first it is a political song, influenced by the refugee situation after the political disturbances in Syria and Iraq, second it refers to the many talks I had with my grandpa about his personal history, and third it reflects this feeling inside each of us – searching for a place and home to escape and belong to.
How did you approach writing this song?
When I was 16 I didn’t know too much about songwriting, I did everything quite instinctively, and because of that, the song has some additional bars and an unusual structure. My producer and I worked on the finished version for months to find the right sounds, instrumentation and structure.
Do you have a favourite line/section of the song?
I was quite happy with the lyrics; they haven’t been changed since the first version. But my two favourite parts are actually about the arrangement: I love the arpeggio in the chorus and my favourite chord is the one C major (on the line “all the fire from your guns”) in the end, that serves as a tension release for the whole song.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Surprising, personal, unconventional.
How do you feel your sound has developed from studying at BIMM?
I have met so many people that have helped me find out what I want just by talking to them, listening to their music, getting their feedback. And of course, my producer and my band, who are all going to BIMM, and have influenced my sound a lot.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
Being part of a network of great musicians and music lovers inside and around BIMM. Without studying here, I would have had a hard time finding the right people to work with and getting into the local music scene after moving here.