Behind the Track

Behind the Track: The NU

4th February 2019

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

The track takes sonic influence in an eclectic manner, Janes Addiction, Duke Dumont and Drake mainly! However the idea of creating a track like it came from the film “We Are Your Friends.” I fell in love with the idea of having one song that really shows what you’re about. No holding back. The Sky is too low to be the limit.

How did you approach writing this song?

It was countless hours of experimentation in my bedroom over the Christmas holidays. I played all the parts and produced the song myself. So it was just a matter of locking myself into the mix and to go for as long as I can. I thought the more crazy the better! One of the things that I really want The Nu to be about is being eclectic with the instrumentation. Sounds that shouldn’t work together, but do! I also decided before I wrote the track that it was gonna be the next single. I’d never done that before, there was a couple of songs I had lined up andI’d had ‘Natural Monsters’ (my last release) since I was 19, so it was just like me getting a blank canvas and not stopping till I was happy. Now, I listen back to it and I am over the moon with how it sounds.

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

The one thing that I loved (just because I don’t really know what possessed me to put it in the track) is at 1:05. There is a water drop sound with distortion. Not sure why it made sense to me, but it did! Like I said, No Rules.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Innovative rock/dance.

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

Massively, it’s one thing visualising who you want to be in your head, but it’s a completely different thing figuring out how to get there and what steps are needed in order to make that happen. Through BIMM, I have managed to bridge this gap. To list off all the ways BIMM have helped me over the years would be a very long list indeed, but I feel that has been the thing I value the most. Through the community, facilities and resources, it’s a very special thing to be a part of.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The people you meet. Whether it’s other students or the tutors.

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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.