Behind the Track

Behind The Track: Lullaby

20th June 2019

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

I wrote this song before coming to BIMM so one year ago when i met my actual boyfriend. He is Italian and a producer so we did the song together (he will be a bimm student as well next year).
This song is entirely made by independent artists (written, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered).
It’s a love song, talking about heavy feelings (metaphorically represented as colours) and how they can make you feel overwhelmed and empty at the same time.

What did your process involve?

I love deep and introspective lyrics but I usually like to play with them and hide the real meaning of them; so the lyrics look quite common but the meaning is actually between the lines:
when I say ”pretending to be yellow when you’re blue and forget what’s yellow and forget what’s blue” I refer to a bad period of my life when I was experiencing apathy after an overload of strong and overwhelming emotions. It’s common to fake happiness(yellow) when you’re actually really sad(blue) and angry(red). The only problem is the sometimes you forget you’re just acting and you start wondering how you really feel, you start confusing the emotions, you can’t recognize them anymore, and sometimes you stop feeling them.

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

In the bridge when I say ”and we run, to where? We don’t know. And we cry, for what? We don’t know”, I mean that we are young and we get overstressed for the tiniest problems. In this case, I was feeling overwhelmed by my first love; that feeling of running to nowhere and then crying yourself out for no reason.
Besides the deep lyrics, I like chilling ambient music that makes you sleep. So I tried to recreate that feeling of drowsiness, that magical oneiric world, that dream-like vibe through ambient sounds.
My boyfriend likes electronic music a lot so we mixed our ideas together to create a perfect electro-pop song.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

dream, summer, love.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM Bristol?

The approach of the tutors to all the students, I love how they can make you feel comfortable; even for me that I am foreign. I have always had the best relationship with my tutors from the first day. The building is also very cool, very different from the ones in Italy. You can really feel like an artist in your natural habitat here and the BIMM team is very supportive!


James Watts

Social Media Assistant, Professional Bassist and Music Journalist. Career highlights include performing at some of the UK's premier music festivals, recording in Abbey Road and interviewing Debbie Harry.