What was the inspiration/is there a story behind your track?
The song is about saying ‘enough’s enough’ in a relationship. The lyric ‘you’re riding on the wrong wave’ is meant to encapsulate that feeling when you aren’t gelling with someone anymore. It was originally called ‘Wrong Wave’, but we changed it to ‘Listen Up’ to make it link more with the chorus.
How did you approach writing this song?
Anna wrote the song on the piano and at the time Alfie was listening to a bit of future bass, so the production evolved from that. But it’s not a typical future bass song. We got the vocal chops in the chorus with the help of producer Conner Spencer – also a BIMM Manchester student. We also have a remix of the original – which is the ‘Dark House’ edit – also produced by Alfie. So there’s a chilled version and a dance version of ‘Listen Up’.
Do you have a favourite line/section of the song?
Probably the opening with the words ‘We made a religion, were two of a kind’ which sums up that type of feeling you sometimes have in a relationship where you feel like you’re together against the world or something strange like that.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Moody, brooding, melodic.
How do you feel your sound has developed from studying at BIMM?
At first we just wrote songs and made productions without knowing what our identity was or what our sound would be. We knew we wanted to be electronic and melodic but the quality and moody identity developed as we progressed. We’re still developing, but studying at BIMM helped us improve our song writing and production skills.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
The best thing is probably Marco the Studio Engineer! He’s amazing!