Behind the Track

Behind The Track: Emma Danelon

22nd January 2019

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

I am happy to say that this song was kind of therapeutic. To start with, I am talking about a toxic relationship with someone. I have been trapped in this unhealthy situation for 7 years. This relationship damaged myself and the other person involved, to the point that we drove each other insane. As a result, I had a hard time. This whole period lead me to write “Control”, which stands for ‘controlling thoughts’, and ‘controlling person’.

In the video, I tried to portray a messy relationship; for this reason, the people in the video either represent my friends who were trying to stop this toxic relationship from continuing or they represent my controlling thoughts, which made everything harder.

Consequently, my aim was to demonstrate to young girls and boys that these kinds of relationships never turn out the way you wish and it is better to save yourself instead of risking a dangerous situation. I hope I can inspire and help someone with this song.

How did you approach writing this song?

I just got inspired, took a keyboard, then played a B-minor chord along with some progressions, after that I started to sing along with them. I wrote the chorus, I liked it and then I built the structure around it.

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

I think my favourite line is: ‘ if you come closer to me, there is no love you can see, you don’t want me to run the show’, which summarise the fact that this relationship it is more about having the power over someone rather then loving this person.

Describe your sound in 3 words

Catchy, Pop, Unique.

How has your sound developed since studying at BIMM?

It has developed a lot; especially since I started to study music theory, which previously I knew almost nothing about. Even if I always knew what I wanted to sound like, BIMM helped me to be more confident with my instrument and my direction.

Since I started uni, I have also had the opportunity to experience different genres and recognise the subtle details of my own voice, which opened different possibilities. To conclude, I think that working with many musicians has helped me to find my own pathway and understand more precisely what I want to sound like.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

I think that the best thing about BIMM is the opportunity to make friends who can help you to grow musically and as an individual. Another significant aspect concerns the free facilities that we can use in order to practice our instrument and rehearse for potential gigs or studio sessions.

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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.