What was the inspiration/is there a story behind your track?
I was watching a film, and I wasn’t really paying attention, but one of the characters said ‘D’ya want to do it again?’ and it caught my ear. I thought it’d be a great hook and could relate to a lot of situations so I just took it from there!
How did you write this song?
I had the skeleton of the track with the beat and chord sequence for a few weeks and was trying to come up with lyrics and a melody to go over the top. But it wasn’t until I came up with the hook that the song really started to take shape. I wanted the melody to be as catchy and memorable as possible, so I made sure at least every two lines followed a melodic pattern so that the second time it comes around you already know it.
It’s really quite a simple song. The chords are the same all the way through, the drum beat is pretty much consistent, but I did this to allow space in the lead lines and vocal melody. The guitar solo is the craziest part of the song – but I felt it needed something at that point to change things up and introduce something new, so that you don’t get bored listening to it.
Usually, I write a song in a day and record a demo which is pretty much a finished version – but this was a longer process, probably the longest it’s taken me to write a song.
Do you have a favourite line/section of the song?
I really like the pre-chorus when it comes back around in the bridge with all the synths. But my favourite bit is the outro, because it sounds so big; like it could be played in an arena or stadium. This is what I aim for and that’s what I imagine when I hear or play it.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Big, Catchy, (full of) Attitude
How do you feel your sound has developed from studying at BIMM?
It’s developed hugely because my production skills have come a long way and that has made the songs sound a lot bigger. I also now have unlimited tracks on protools whereas back then I was limited to 16 so there’s a lot more depth in my recordings.
But, I think my basic songwriting principles are still the same – I like to use simple catchy melodies and write a story around that.
I’m not as great a lyricist as some of the acoustic or political bands who can capture attention with just their vocals and a stripped-back instrumental, so I rely on using catchy melodies. The sounds I use are very important and there are a lot of layers to make sure the song is big enough to grab your attention right away.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
There’s a wide range of skills you gain and a lot of chances to network with people who can help you or that you can help.