This week’s ‘Behind The Track’ is ‘Blue Case’ by Esther Eden – a Berlin-based, Indian-born singer-songwriter who plays the piano, guitar and ukulele. She got her first big break in music when British singer Jessie J visited her school and was so impressed by her original song that she invited Esther to perform with her on stage that evening. Her second big break was signing a record deal with Universal Music MENA! Her debut single ‘Phoenix’ was released globally in February 2016, and this is her new track…
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR TRACK?
This is the first time I’ve written a song about a stranger. I saw a guy walking ahead of me with a bright blue stringed instrument case. I wasn’t sure if it was a contra bass or cello, but I later found out it was a cello case. Being a risk taker and a friendly person, I wanted to approach him and tell him I liked his case, but I wasn’t sure about doing so as I thought he might think I was weird… being a random stranger and all. He was too far away for me to see his face or how old he was, but his case definitely caught my attention. We walked down the same street for about 15 minutes, with me undecided about approaching him. In the end, I didn’t say hello… but I wrote down how I felt in this song.
WHAT DID YOUR PROCESS INVOLVE?
I recorded the song with one of the youngest producers at BIMM, Gabe Augustin – a 19 year old who is half German and half American. He’s one of the most talented producers I’ve worked with to date. He was able to understand my song and bring my vision to life. In the past I would have given the producer my track and references, and they would have created the songs themselves, but this time I was involved in the production from day one. We started in his garage studio with the main piano riff I wrote for the song, and then we built it up from there. Gabe produced, mixed and mastered the track, and Fabio Buemi helped with the mixing. Since the song lyrics are about a stringed instrument, I asked the very talented Miina Viitala from Finland to play violin on the track.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE LINE/SECTION OF THE SONG?
It would have to be the end of my middle eight section/bridge. I feel like this is the first time I’ve been able to showcase what I’m capable of vocally.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN THREE WORDS?
Laid-back. Danceable. Jazzy-pop.
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT STUDYING AT BIMM?
I’ve met so many like-minded people and am surrounded by them almost every day. It’s so inspiring and motivates me to get better at what I do. Also, I love the fact that I can collaborate with all the amazingly talented students, like I did on ‘Blue Case’.