Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Michael Vickers

13th December 2018

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

‘Around You’ is a song about feeling insignificant. It’s about a specific emotion – how you feel when others can do no wrong, but nothing you do is right.
This song is special to me – it comes from the heart. I wrote it when I was angry, confused and lost – and it was my way of expressing the intensity of those feelings.
I penned the song and it was recorded and produced with Andy Jenkinson, who transformed the song from something good into something great.

How did you approach writing this song?

I’d had the idea for the chorus melody line, chords and the lyric – ‘To their knees they fall around you’ for several years. I came up with them whilst studying at BIMM Bristol. I knew I wanted the chorus to actually be a drop from the verse, rather than taking the much more common route of building into a big chorus that increases in dynamic.

If I’m being honest, I was going through a tough time and I just felt I needed to write about what I was going through. I wanted a nice basic chord progression to allow for a natural melody line where I could fit a lot of words in. I then realised that the chorus to a separate song I was writing worked better with the verse I’d just created. The song wrote itself from there and was finished later that day.

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

I’m really proud of the wordplay in this song and think the chorus is cool but I’d have to say my favourite line would be:

‘They said I need to take a walk in their shoes one step at a time,
I said I’d rather take a minute out and remove the stones from mine.’

I just think it says everything about how I felt at the time.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Gritty, melodic, raw.

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

I think a lot more about what the other instruments do, rather than just viewing everything as a singer and guitarist. I’m definitely better at getting rid of parts now, whereas before I wouldn’t be able to let go of ideas, which would at times affect the structure of some songs.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

All of it was amazing. I loved my time at BIMM. For me, it’s being surrounded by so many other musicians, as well as the tutors, I felt I could speak to a lot of them like friends and I learnt so much from them.

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