Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Saro

20th August 2018


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

The inspiration for the track came from a conversation with a friend who at the time was studying Linguistics in the south of France. As we were catching up, they mentioned this movement called ‘dèconnecter’, which is about reducing the use of smartphones, laptops, and televisions to curb the stresses and anxieties they can cause. About a year before this, I’d tried to go as long as possible without Facebook or a smartphone (I’d lasted about 8 months) as I felt it was making me anxious and distracted me from my work. I loved that this was all about returning to a more natural way of socialising and attempting to build stronger relationships. That really inspired the mood of the track!

How did you write this song?

I’d been playing around with the chord progression for a while (D Major is my favourite key to write in) and it was a combination of recording my live performance of that and programming all the drums and percussion in Ableton Live. For all my keyboards parts I usually use augmented voicing too, so probably spend a lot of time researching them before I finished the composition. The chimes and the wind noises were recorded by friends who had travelled to Japan, Mongolia and Russia just before I’d started writing the track – they would send me 30 seconds audio clips inside / around their favourite places and I’d send back demos for them to listen to whilst they were travelling the next day. The beeping sound in the last chorus is from a vending machine in Osaka!

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

My favourite part has to be the last chorus. I’m still so proud I managed to make that!

Can you describe your sound in three words?

These questions are so difficult, I’d probably say ‘chilled electronic beats’?

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

The best thing about going to BIMM was the feedback I got from everyone. When you’re trying to develop an idea, to have people around who are going to be truly honest and keep you working towards something as fulfilling professionally as it is personally is so important. It also gave me the time and resources to develop an understanding of so many different areas of music production, some of which YouTube tutorials and podcasts can’t teach as effectively.

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

The best thing was the people on the music production course. There was a stupid amount of talent in the groups I was in, and seeing all their work come together whilst doing our assignments really motivated me to try new things and work harder.

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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.