Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Outss

18th December 2018

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

The track is about my personal insecurities; wondering who genuinely cares, my difficulty in trusting people and really just about my search for authentic love. Which I display how will come when I reach success, but it never really works like that. I like to display this distorted way of thinking in a song because when you are so focused on success, you never have time for some of the nicer things in life, and when you have trust issues, these nicer things are harder to enjoy anyway. So, you’re narrowly focused on making it instead. Hear the skepticism in the chorus “Friends come and go all the time, girls come and go, got no time”.

How did you approach writing this song?

I created the beat first, which is my main way of working with songs. Usually, I come up with the chords, a nice sub bass to follow under it and then just work on the sound design. When writing the lyrics the chorus came first, it just felt right and had a lot of energy. As you can hear, the song only has one verse from me and another from the feature (Burgess). If it had three verses it would be way too long considering there’s two choruses at work. I then mixed it all and chucked it on the EP, which is produced by myself and out now.

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

‘Sick of speaking to people ‘coz I feel like they know whats in my head/
Full of incorrect presences, is that a word? Who gives an Eff/ what I’m tryna say is..
I don’t trust I just keep writing sentences/ keep writing endlessly,
’til my head falls to the floor ‘coz the laws have been changed a bit, crimes are now thoughts and I’m guilty of felonies’.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Lo-fi
Personal
Abstract

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

BIMM gave me a lot of opportunities to work with different styles, whether it be songwriting, recording and producing. Even just chilling with other musicians, you find new music you never heard of and get new inspiration from new creative perspectives, as everyone looks at the world differently. I must also add that without being here, I wouldn’t have met Anastasia Vol, who is the main feature on my EP, and I don’t know where I’d find a voice like hers that works so well with my songs anywhere else.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

You get a lot of real-world preparation. You have tutorials with people who have genuine experience in the industry. Why not use that to better your work and make it as professional as possible?! Personally, I wish I had utilised the tutorials more often and been in the studios more when I was at BIMM. You really do get out what you put in.

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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.