Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Kai Khan

3rd June 2019

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

I was listening to Flames & Figures by The Seshen loads and wanted to make something along the lines of that – the production, instrumentations and melodies behind this track represent my transition from my old stuff to the new. My old stuff used to be much more dance/electronic and now it’s more RnB influenced!

Anyway, the track itself is about an overwhelming feeling you get when you find something magical that just takes over your whole life. This song is about embracing it, no matter the consequences.

How did you approach writing this song?

I was getting used to using Logic (music editing software) and was messing about with some synths. Then I started making a beat and wrote some lyrics over it and I was trying to go for more of a soulful melody (this song actually had 4 choruses before I stuck with this one). The first version of this track was the first track I had ever written and produced on my own. Of course, later on I brought the track to producer Jomo Kru to help bring my vision to life!

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

Yes! The first pre-chorus;

“I believe that wonders will come on to us,
I believe that magic’s in the air.”

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Pretty smooth & hooky

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

It’s developed in a way that comes from experiencing different kinds of music everyday for 3 years. From listening to countless bands in classes and writing down what was great, and what could’ve been improved – that practice has helped evolve my sound, and myself as an artist. A teacher from BIMM once told me that if after I’ve written a song and think “oh, I can probably write better”, then I should sit back down and rewrite it. If there’s even a slight inkling that I’m not 100% satisfied with what I’ve come up with, I should revise it.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The best thing is the platform that BIMM provides. It allows you to explore your musical identity and find your confidence to be an artist (or whatever it is you aim to be). For me at least, that’s the best thing. You also get to make some amazing friends, as well as connections.

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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.