BIMM Berlin band The Flavians recorded their latest track ‘Non Stop Fun (All I Wanted)’ in a range of locations around Berlin, as well as in Nässjö, Sweden. Continuing the nostalgic ’60s vibe of their groovy debut ‘On the Radio’, this song lampoons the humdrum routine of contemporary life, with a cracking video to boot. But despite the worldweariness captured in the lyrics, the track has an irresistibly cheery feel to it. We spoke to Thomas Wills, Music Production student and The Flavians bassist and vocalist, about this latest release.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR TRACK?
The track was born from a desire for order in a period of chaos in my life. Inspired by lyricists like Chris Difford, John Grant, Stuart Murdoch and David Byrne, I wanted to create the ultimate disaster scenario to make fun of my own self-loathing. This track is an existential parody and a reflection on the mundane nature of modern life, and it’s a story told from the point of view of a disgruntled office worker whose life gradually drifts out of control over the course of one fateful day. Each verse sets a new scene and tells a different chapter in his journey as his once-stable house of cards falls around him in spectacular fashion.
WHAT DID YOUR PROCESS INVOLVE?
I met up with musicians Anna Vaverkováá and Liam Blomqvist in Mauer Park last October to discuss the idea of maybe forming a band, and it was on this occasion we fleshed out the first parts of this song, based on a melody in my head and Liam’s chord progression. As far as I remember, we couldn’t come up with a chorus, so we decided to just have a ‘la da da da da’ break between each verse. Later on, we came up with the idea of including a key change and abandoned the idea of having a traditional verse/chorus/verse song structure. It was a really fun process but it took me a while to remember all the lyrics and I had to perform our first show with little pictures drawn on my arms to remind me of what to sing!
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE LINE/SECTION OF THE SONG?
I think my favourite line is: ‘They said “Pack up your things, your jobs are being moved abroad”. I went back to my desk to steal the pens from the drawers.’ We made a point of highlighting this scene in the music video and it makes me laugh every time.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN THREE WORDS?
‘Slippery Slope Music.’ That was the original concept for our sound, but recently we’ve been writing much happier songs!
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT STUDYING AT BIMM?
I think for us the best thing is the support we receive from all the staff. Navigating the music industry is difficult but we’ve been able to book quite a few important tutorials before our releases to improve our planning. Also, having access to TRIXX Studios, where we recorded our last two singles, has been a big help!