Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Kick the Dog

14th June 2017

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What was the inspiration behind the track?

The track’s subject matter depicts the hardships of being there for a friend who is going through a tough time which is significantly affecting their mental health. I wrote the song a few years ago when I myself was in a bad place along with a good friend of mine at the time. I have been trying to get a solid copy of the song down for a while now, but I’ve just managed to achieve a final product I am very happy with. I would also like to note that I have channelled my passion for the artist Jeff Buckley into this track whose incredibly powerful voice inspires me to push my vocals to their full potential. I am also very fond of how the talented songwriter sang songs such as ‘Grace’ while pouring the entirety of his emotions into the music.

What did the process involve?

The songwriting process involved me first finding the ‘hook’ if you will on my acoustic guitar, my primary instrument of choice. This expanded further after I started experimenting with a very harsh vocal style during the chorus, which compliments the shift in dynamics between sections throughout the song. A few years down the line I decided to put forward my song for my week at Live Performance Workshop class at BIMM. This really opened up the song to a much bigger sound, now including drums, piano, electric guitar and bass while still keeping the intimacy of the acoustic guitar present.

Is there a specific line that stands out in the song and why?

I am particularly proud of the chorus section to this track as the dramatic and emotional lyrics reach their peak along with the aggressive tone in my voice. If I had to pick my favorite line it would have to be the penultimate sentence of “And we’ll sing along to your favorite song til Daylight” as I believe it poetically takes on a positive turn away from the song’s very dark subject matter.

Describe your sound in three words?

This is not my first single release as I have produced two tracks in the past which have very contrasting styles. I think this demonstrates my skills as a very eclectic artist as i love to delve into new genres and experiment with new sounds that I am interested in, which I think personally separates me from other musicians here at BIMM. So if I had to describe my sound in three words they would be:
– Diverse
– Emotional
– Experimental

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

It really goes without saying, I would not be this confident when talking about music if it wasn’t for BIMM Manchester. It’s really opened my eyes on what I can achieve. The best thing about it is I can always rely on getting back constructive criticism from passionate musicians just like myself.

Author

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.