Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Reylta

22nd July 2019

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Was there anything that inspired you when writing ‘Fools Games’?

I wrote ‘Fools Games’ after a really hard break up. So it’s about trying to get over it and move on. It was sort of a self-reflection on knowing I had been used and kind of going with it because I just didn’t want to be alone.

How did you approach the songwriting process?

It started as a piano ballad in my bedroom until I brought it to Aaron Cumiskey and he made it such a bop – a song I could claim power back from! Then Michael Heffernan came in and put his own spin on it and made it what it is today.

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

My favourite line is probably at the end “over-thinking leads to over-drinking leads to over-speaking, you see. But I’d rather be over-thinking you than over-thinking me.” For some time after the breakup I needed to blame him for everything or I would’ve driven myself insane with self doubt and depreciation. Some times you need to blame someone else to save you from yourself. Cause we’re all our own harshest critic.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Mysterious, electrifying and haunting.

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

Since coming to BIMM, my writing has changed so much. Mostly from being around so many other creative and inspiring people. I didn’t really know any other musicians before I came to university. Being in such an artistic environment all the time challenges you to be better, try new things and it’s led me to explore new genres. I no longer tie myself to just one sound. I can do electronic and folk and still be myself.

Do you have a stand out moment from your time at BIMM?

One of my stand out moments in BIMM was some really amazing feedback after an early morning live and lyrical audition. It was really intimate just myself and my band mates Nicole Lyons and Louis Younge. One of the tutors even stopped and came into the room to listen. It’s little things like that that are so important. This happened in the start of first year and it’s still one of my favourite memories. It gave me the boost of self-confidence I needed at the start of BIMM that made me feel I deserve to be here, ’cause I know I can be really hard on myself sometimes. It’s great to feel heard and appreciated.

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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.