Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Jemima

7th March 2019

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

The inspiration for the track was taken from picking up a friend who’d been suffering with their mental health and was feeling particularly blue. It’s about spending some time with them and taking them away from the reality that they are used to for a while, to help them gain a new perspective.

How did you approach writing this song?

The hook is actually a line that just came out during a class jam in one of my first creative composition lessons in 2nd year and it came back to me when I was thinking about this friend who was struggling. So, Jord and I recorded and looped some chords on the loop pedal and starting trying some different things over the top. We gradually started layering some bass lines, beats on the drum pad, plus some harmonies and found that we could get this big sound from just the two of us. We create and loop everything using the pedal when we perform the track live.

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

I love the transition from the breakdown in to the Ska section. The fun elements come out to play like the saxophone solo, the change in tempo and call and response between vocals and sax, they liven up the track just before the end as a metaphor for this change in perception; beating the blues and seeing the world in a new way after adventure and exploration.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Quirky, fun, eccentric.

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

I found that I could make the kind of music I wanted to make and I enjoyed making at BIMM. I wasn’t really sure what kind of artist I wanted to be before coming here, but I’ve pushed myself to make new sounds and incorporate new elements. Using the loop pedal is a huge part of our performance, which I never would have had to confidence to experiment with previously. Furthermore, my role in our performance now is vocals and drum pad. When I came to BIMM, I would never have imagined myself playing drums. But, I’ve pushed myself and, 2 years on, here I am.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The best thing about studying at BIMM is definitely the people you meet along the way. Even just spending time with so many wonderful musicians can teach you so much and has such a positive influence on your own music. I’m so happy with the way ‘Jemima’ is headed and that’s completely down to the other half of the duo Jordan, who I wouldn’t have met without coming to BIMM.

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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.