Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Lisa Nora

24th June 2019

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

This song has a very specific backstory. Last summer, I was going to go to BIMM, but I applied quite last minute so I had to figure out everything in under a month. At one point I had everything sorted, but the financial part. It looked like the Dutch government wasn’t willing to give me the money I needed to go to England, and in that frustrated state of mind I wrote ‘Pockets of Gold’. In the end I had just overlooked something on their website and now I’m here! 🙂

How did you approach writing this song?

I think I came up with the chorus first. Then I wrote the melody for the verses and played the chords that went with it. In the bridge, I wanted to have a break down where it’s just vocals for a second, so I put that in there as well. My idea was to make it sound like a happy song, but when you have a look at the lyrics, they’re quite serious. I also inherited a pirate/sea theme in the song, because of Brighton being a seaside town. I actually researched the history of pirates for it!

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

In the second verse, I’m talking about how when I went to school, everyone was surprised that I wanted to do music for a living, because in high school I did the highest educational level. After high school, everyone in my class went off to do some technical academic study, but I have always wanted to do music. The line the people I went to high school with always used to tell me was: “I don’t know why you pursue this, what will some music do?” Because it’s such an unsure ‘job’ and I won’t know if I’m going to make any money with it until the time’s there. That line has always stayed with me and has actually made me even more motivated to make something happen!

Can you describe your sound in three words?

I would describe my sound as folk/pop/country.

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

I had this particular sound before I came to BIMM already, but playing my songs in front of tutors and having them say what genre they think it is has helped me a lot with ‘choosing’ in which category I need to put myself in.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The network you create around you! There are so many people at BIMM and the networking events are great to meet even more new people. I can’t wait for the second year! 🙂

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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.