Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Heavn

20th August 2019

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Was there anything that inspired you when writing ‘Life’?

I think life in general is what inspired me, but the turning point for me was when my dad died. It really made me realise how unpredictable life is. It made me realise that every day is precious and no matter what happens, you just have to keep going. Everyone has their own ups and downs, and being in the music industry is like being on a rollercoaster. You constantly have to face challenges and rejections, but you also get offered new opportunities. This is the beauty of life, you wake up and you can never be certain of what’s going to happen, so you just have to try your best to make it a good day.

How did you approach the songwriting process?

I’d wrote the original demo on Logic and recorded the main vocal melody. I had this catchy melody in my head that I wanted to add to it, so I got my guitarist to play it and it ended up becoming the main guitar hook you hear on the intro and the chorus.

I forgot about the song for a while, until I listened to it with fresh ears. I played to my friend Yasmin (also an amazing singer songwriter) and she helped me with some of the lyrics. It took 3 different producers to bring the track to life, but I think it’s the team work that makes it what it is now!

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

‘Life, with a blink of an eye and it’s gone,
running faster than I can control,
so I ride and I ride till it’s dawn.’

This pretty much sums up the whole meaning of the song. It’s about being young and a little messed up, but mostly about being brave enough to move forward and fight for your dreams regardless of the challenges that life throws at you.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Anthemic, passionate, moody.

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

Whilst at BIMM, I was learning so much and I was so fascinated by everything that I didn’t have a clear idea of what kind of artist I wanted to be. I used to mix so many different genres together! But it was good, because by experimenting I’ve gotten to know my strengths and weaknesses and learned what suits my voice and my songwriting best.

Do you have a stand out moment from your time at BIMM?

I will always remember my final performance for graduation. It was rewarding to perform my music in front of my family, friends and tutors. After writing, rearranging and rehearsing your material, there’s nothing better than sharing it with the public! Live performances are still my favourite part of being an artist.

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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.