Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Leonesse

4th October 2017

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What was the inspiration behind your track?

It’s quite a heavy song—I was abused by a family member at a young age. I didn’t really deal with any of the trauma from that incident until I started song writing. After going through my first relationship and subsequent break up, I discovered I had a lot to say about the pain I was in and how it correlated to the unresolved pain from my childhood.

What did your process involve?

At the time, I was working with a producer at an indie record label I was signed to. We always began our songwriting sessions with conversations on the subject matter. He was a close friend and mentor, and one of the first people I felt comfortable enough to confide my thoughts and feelings in. Those conversations eventually became songs, with me working out words and melodies while he put together instrumentation.

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

For me, the line that always stands out is:” You knew me so damn well / now you’re my own personal hell / knew this wouldn’t go well”. I wrote this song about 7 years ago now but those words still ring true through all the hurts, betrayals, and broken relationships. It is such a vulnerable and humbling thing to realise the people closest to us truly have the power to wound so deeply. It makes me choosier with those I let into my life. In the words of Bob Marley, “Everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for”.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

It’s ever changing.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

I’m so enjoying being around people who are passionate about what they do and the excitement that comes from pursuing what I love with like-minded individuals.
I look forward to what the future holds—to all the love and labour ahead.

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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.