Behind the Track

Behind the Track – Lauren Guillery

29th October 2018

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

I was seeing someone who was in a very dark place. Sometimes when you hit rock bottom it’s hard to see the wood for the trees and I was in the middle of it all trying to bring him out of it, so naturally, I felt compelled to put my thoughts into lyrics and write about it.

How did you write this song?

I came up with the guitar riff through a stream of consciousness while fiddling with the acoustic guitar, and decided to record it straight away to not forget it. These things are too precious to lose! In terms of the lyrics, I put all my thoughts to paper and looked for some decent rhymes and what melody would fit with a particular line. When I felt I had all the bits sussed out, I demo’d it using a click on my old digital eight-track. I played the main guitar riff throughout the whole song on one track, the vocals on two tracks (main + backing vocals) and another track for the guitar solo bits. The lyrics were changed slightly when we hit the studio with the band to record, but the main feel of the song remains the same.

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

Not particularly. I think as a whole, the song works pretty well. When I perform it on my own rather than with a band, I use a loop pedal for the main riff, so I can play the solo bits using some effects like a bit of drive and some delay. It’s quite a fast-paced song, so you really don’t want to mess up the loop at the start! I do prefer playing it with the band though, it just has more oomph!

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Uptempo, edgy, guitar-driven.

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

I only started studying at BIMM a month or so ago, but I’d be open to collaborate with other students to try and push the envelope and get out of my comfort zone. As a solo artist, I tend to be a control freak, but trying out new things can bring the best out of you. Hit me up if you feel we could do something cool.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

Meeting people, networking, and learning things that seem self-evident yet I hadn’t thought about. The tutors are dead-on and I’m looking forward to booking a few tutorials and getting some good advice.

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.