What was the inspiration/is there a story behind your track?
This track (and album) is all about my Grandfather and his time with the French Resistance and Polish Free Forces during the Second World War. The whole album is themed around different resistance units and groups based in and around Poland at that time. The musical inspiration came from my time playing with Russian pianist Gleb Kolyadin who has a very unique rhythmic take on his arrangements.
How did you write this song?
Initially I wrote the bones of this way back at BIMM but it was an electronic piece for my third year recital. I held on to the core idea and changed it as time went on. I sent the ideas I had to Gleb and he managed to play what I’d written. He’s kind of scary like that. The whole album was written and tracked in UK, Russia, Iceland and Australia with people contributing from all over. The lyrics and themes didn’t come together until my Grandfather died a few years back. That was when we found out about his past. I decided to combine my work in both the Folk and Prog scenes to try and make something different.
Do you have a favourite line/section of the song?
There’s a section towards the beginning which introduces a theme that comes back in a few different ways through the album. It’s the first main string and whistle melody. I found it really cathartic and satisfying thinking of ways to bring it back.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Dark, Rhythmic, Folk?????
I can’t think of anything less pretentious 🙂
How do you feel your sound has developed from studying at BIMM?
I can’t quite believe the journey I’ve had since leaving BIMM let alone starting there. My career path and motivation developed and shifted dramatically learning from both my peers (who I still work with) and tutors. Pat Garvey especially really helped develop my skills and encouraged me to branch out into what I’m doing now. Learning how to really read music in a very healthy musical learning environment really set me on my path. I started at BIMM with the aim of going into pit work but through out my time there I shifted over to Folk and touring with different acts. I’ve gone back to my classical roots a little more now but I feel I’ve had a well rounded time of it.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
The people, the tutors, the tea shops.
Honestly, Pat Garvey was and still is a driving force in my motivation and inspiration. His ethos, approach and guidance has helped give me the career I have. The people I met there are still my family. I still work with Jamie Francis and Sam Kelly who were both class mates and have gone on to do amazing things.
Photo by Miles Skarin at Crystal Spotlight