Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Moon looks on

23rd January 2019


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

I guess when I think back on the writing and inspiration behind this song, it’s really about trying to make some kind of sense of our own feelings and thoughts. Although truth be told, they don’t define us, they can still take up a lot of headspace; that feeling of being out at sea staring into the sun, burning up, that’s why I called the track “pray for the rain”.

How did you approach writing this song?

I really like open guitar tunings and I was picking out some melodies in the key of D and I came up with the verse motif for the song. The rest of the track is just different sections playing call and response to one another. That’s normally my approach to writing, I rarely start out with a plot or story in mind. I just start playing chord progressions and fingerpicking patterns and it’s usually a case of just spitting the lyrics out onto the page in short bursts. I record my guitar with my phone and then just write what I’m feeling. I guess it’s just a lyrical snapshot of that moment in time

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

My favourite section of the song is the outro. It was really fun layering the strings and we messed around a lot with the vocals. It took quite a bit of time to get that right, but I’m really happy with the push and pull movement going on between the different instruments and vocals.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Alternative Rootsy Folk

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

I think coming to BIMM changed my approach to songwriting a lot, I tend to think a lot more about arrangements and space in the songs now. I feel lucky to have been in a class with loads of great song-writers during my time here at BIMM. You’re constantly learning from your classmates and striving to write, play and perform better.

I met 5 of the seven members of my band in BIMM. I love playing music with them and that’s a pretty amazing feeling. It’s great to play solo, but I feel my sound has definitely developed due to playing with a great bunch of heads.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The best thing about studying at BIMM has been the opportunities that studying here offers both in terms of musical knowledge and gigs, festivals, showcases. And the masterclasses – they really opened up a lot of doors for myself and the band, it’s very difficult to get access to those type of connections outside of the college.

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Sarah-Louise Burns

Having been part of the BIMM Marketing Team since 2016, Sarah has been working in Social Media Marketing since 2013. She Graduated the University of Hertfordshire in BA(Hons) Photography and Media Business and has a keen interest in the power of social media.