Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Marna

15th April 2019

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

I had this image of a very film noir Parisian balcony in my head when I started writing, but it ended up turning into a classic American roadtrip-through-Vegas type thing instead. It’s not really got much to do with us, but it was a fun story to write.

How did you approach writing this song?

I wrote the whole EP last summer before I met the guys in the band at BIMM. “Cherries” was written in the shed at the end of the garden on a hot day – I demo’d it on guitar and vocal and then made my brother demo the original drum track.

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

Either “heavy doses of heady perfumes and fainting spells” or “in a city that’s dipped in gold, baby you’re platinum”. My favourite section of the song has got to be that guitar solo by producer Nick Kelly, it adds so much fun to the track.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Psychedelic-ish alternative-ish pop….? 🤔

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

Being on the Songwriting course has really altered the way I look at building a song. Ross, Callum and I have started writing together recently, and everything I’ve learned from the others on the course will hopefully be put into the new stuff.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

For me personally, it’s having three years to give what I loved a really good go after having worked (and feeling a bit out of place) at labels previously. The other people you meet and the lecturers having their own music careers are also massive selling points for me. Also the opportunity to do things that scare me all the time…I could go on!

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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.