Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Stuart Woolfenden

12th January 2018

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

It’s a very personal song, one of the most revealing I’ve written. It’s a song about the realisation that you and somebody else want different things. I was worried about putting it out initially as I didn’t want any bad feeling between me and who it was about, and I didn’t want it to be taken the wrong way. However, I spoke to the person about it and he really likes the song!

What did your process involve?

I remember recording the melody for the chorus into my phone and not going near it for a while. I actually started writing the verses as a completely different song. I pieced them together just to see how it sounded and it seemed to work. So, I finished the song at BIMM on the piano. Then I got in touch with Elliot Vaughan who produces a lot of my stuff and we got to work on it! My friend Harry Barlow played bass on the track.

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

I really like the second verse. I love the instrumentation… the electric piano with the electric guitar. It’s really mellow. I also love it when I say ‘phone rings’ and there’s a telephone sound effect – I love little embellishments like that.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

I’d say: tense, pop, passionate.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

Being able to go into a quiet practice room and write/practice for a few hours at a time is great. Not only that but having music industry experts as your tutors helps immensely. I’ve already asked them about a number of things and I already feel like I know a lot more about the industry, and I’ve only been here since October.


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.