What was the inspiration/is there a story behind your track?
Yeah. This tune was about a night where everything was going unexpectedly well with somebody I’d liked for a while and then as we were going our separate ways I realised it wasn’t going to happen again so it’s about that and then the ‘getting over them’ process.
How did you approach writing this song?
I can’t remember exactly because it was so long ago… but from what I can recall, it started with just a basic drum beat and then the chords which are the same all the way through.
Then from that I think I just sat down and wrote it all out lyrically and had an idea of melodies – it was one of the nice experiences where everything comes in a flurry and you don’t really have to do much; the song just writes itself – I recorded a demo of that.
Then, later that night I had the idea for the solo, so I wrote that down and next day figured out how to transpose what I had in my head into something that would fit the song. From there it was like, 10 months of changing the arrangement until I got it as close as I could to perfect. I’m really proud of how it turned out.
Do you have a favourite line/section of the song?
Definitely from the Middle 8 onwards into the solo and final chorus, it just climbs and gets bigger and bigger – it feels so good to play live.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Catchy, Edgy Pop (I hope)
How do you feel your sound has developed from studying at BIMM?
I think it’s definitely more refined – I’ve always aimed for songs that could be played on Radio 1 and I’ve been lucky that all my singles have. Since studying at BIMM, I’ve realised there are lots of acts making great music, so I needed to find out what separates the great, from the ‘hits’. So, a main development has been my production skills, some of which stemmed from the Sequencing classes with Paul Hunter and just keeping everything universal and simple.
I think simplicity is key – I used to try and fit as much as possible into a song; I guess to seem impressive. But in reality, it just sounds messy. So now, I think of the simplest thing I can do that still sounds interesting and do that instead.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
Definitely the connections that you make, even people who you don’t think you’ll ever speak to once you leave – you then encounter each other working on something or at a gig and then you can help each other out – that’s always nice.