Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Seraphina

4th February 2019

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

‘Kingdom Come’ is about the addictive power of doomed desire – the thrill of something that makes it impossible to see sense or break away. I was reading a book about U.S cults at the time and that kind of inspired some of the sentiment – how these sane, rational people could get sucked into something that at some level they understood was shady, but the mystery and desire to be a freer, alternate, sometimes amoral version of themselves was too strong to resist. Anything that you know is bad for you has this strange parallel pull on the destructive, curious part that’s inside everyone. Whether or not you listen to it is a different matter…

How did you approach writing this song?

I played the opening riff one day sat at my keyboard and just rolled with it (I actually think I was trying to write something else but got bored), then the first lyric “I never knew desire could be so cruel / running on hot coals running the whole night through / hold my tongue ’cause it’s a loaded gun / I’ll be running ’til Kingdom Come” just kind of fell out. I wrote most of the song as a bass riff essentially, and then built up the chords once I started firming up the lyrics. There’s also this nursery rhyme that starts ‘here’s the church, here’s the steeple’ that I’d been wanting to use for a while, so I stuck those at the start of the chorus and then borrowed the title of an Elvis song called ‘Adam & Evil’. The hardest part of writing the song was deciding the structure, as originally the first part of the bridge was a pre-chorus that came after each verse, but the song was WAY too long! It took a few reconfigurations to get it to a place that I thought made sense. Even now some people are like ‘what is up with the structure?’ and I’m like IT’S CALLED ARTISTIC LICENSE, lol!

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

In the bridge there’s a section with lots of near rhyme which is really satisfying to sing:

“In the desert the dust, the mud, the blood running through my veins /
Oh the pain, the shame of a stranger calling my name”

I was listening to Pusha T and Theophilus London at the time and was inspired by the cadences and rhymes in their lyrics.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Less! Night music.

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

The way I wrote this track was directly influenced by my theory classes in year 2, and learning about modal interplay and secondary dominants and all this stuff that I’d never considered using in my songwriting before. Just knowing a bit more on the theoretical side has helped me develop my sound so I can echo the lyrics and emotions within the music in a more tangible way.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM

The people! And the time it allows you to make music and think about music and collaborate and just indulge in being a musician and figure out where you wanna go.

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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.