Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Matteo Ranieri

30th May 2018

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

The track is a result of many factors merged together. I had just broken up with my now ex-boyfriend, who was also my first boyfriend ever. I was with him for quite a long time and was very attached to him. My depression and my need to escape saw me change my lifestyle a bit at that point, starting with going out until late with new people in new environments. I wrote the song after a night out, once I was back home again, thinking about how I forget about problems and worries on weekends and nights out.

I decided I wanted to write a happy and funky song, which everyone could dance to, but also one which many would deeply relate to. ‘Live 4 the Weekend’ is a very sad and depressing song. If you listen closely to the lyrics and allow your mind to follow the music, you’ll work out the real meaning of the song. It’s a song about escaping from your problems and laughing under a sad mask; dancing your heart out on the dance floor to sweat your worries away. That doesn’t mean you’re happy; just that you’re trying and faking it to yourself until you make yourself believe it. I like to consider every one of my projects as another part of a big puzzle – my songs will all be very closely connected.

How did you write this song?

I’d just come back from a club and was half asleep, but very inspired. I was sad and miserable – that’s why the song starts with a slower section, as that’s the first part that came to my mind. I sat at my piano and started playing some nice chords I’d previously played in Italy, at my dad’s house. I’d had them in my mind for a long time but had never found a use for them before. The melody and the words came very quickly, which generally happens with my original songs. I just started to sing and play my heart out, to let all my feelings out, and I began to feel better. I finished the demo that same day.

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

I definitely do. My favourite part is the bridge. That’s when the real meaning of the song comes out. After the earlier part of the song says that I live for the weekend and feel alright, the bridge says “But I wanna slow it down and there’s something I’m gonna tell you”. That’s the epilogue, where everyone will understand why I’m writing this song, and it’s 100% my favourite part.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Original, soul and sincere. People have always told me that whenever they hear any of my songs, they know it’s me straight away. My influences and inspirations have changed a lot over the years but my sound has always been sincere and honest. I’ve evolved and changed but I’ll always honour my roots and celebrate my passion.

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

Studying at BIMM and living in London has allowed me to get in touch with many different people and experience a range of situations. I’ve developed and grown so much, and have got to know many fellow artists who inspired me to do what I’m doing now. Since I started at BIMM, my sound has become more mature and sincere.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The connections you make with every different kind of person. We’re all different artists and that’s extremely important in order to keep researching and renovating ourselves.

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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.