Behind the Track

Behind the Track: ELKAE

24th April 2019

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

I wrote “I feel” when I was seeing this girl. It was an instant connection and emotionally quite intense. The thing was, she would never commit but would never let me leave or end it either. ‘I Feel’ was written about that frustration of just wanting to go with it, throw caution to the wind and follow the feelings we were both claiming to have. But ultimately, the other girl always found some reason we couldn’t move forward.

In one way she was totally afraid of how she felt, but she wasn’t fully out either which added pressure to the situation. And in another way there was always something not quite right and mysterious about her. It was like we were stuck somewhere in the middle – all amped up but being constantly held back.

How did you approach writing this song?

I generally like to produce as I’m writing and then take time to think about the lyrics that don’t just come on the spot. This song definitely taught me not to be afraid of a rewrite! I had a few different versions before I came to the final one. The bridge actually used to be the chorus, but then I decided I’d like a vocal chop-up sample part to happen for the chorus instead, just something you can groove to! So when I took this into studio with Michael Heffernan I told him that and let him take the reins on that part.

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

Lyric wise – the bridge. It kind of sums up the whole situation. Musically though, I prefer the chorus – although when we do it live, I definitely love the end of the song, we’ve added in loads of build ups and stops and fun stuff to really get the crowd going and band go ham on it!

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Gets You Groovin!

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

When I started at BIMM my sound was completely different. It was only in the last year I really started focusing on electronic stuff. I’d always been producing on the side and never thought of taking it to a live stage until we had a class in 4th year where we would get up on stage each week and jam a new song with different musicians. I made sure I had a new song every week. That’s where I really started to get confident with my producing. Before that, I was so stuck in which direction to go musically as I’m inspired by so many genres, so I had the idea of mashing all the best bits of each genre and producing them in my own way so they all correlate whilst making sure each song has its own identity.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

Well, BIMM gave me the time I needed to focus on music and find my sound, which was great. It also gave me a broader understanding of the music industry as a whole. The main thing I took from BIMM was the people I met, and the talented musicians that are now my band. I learn best by doing and by learning from others.

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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.