Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Tom Hollands

23rd May 2017

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BIMM Brighton guitarist, Tom Hollands, goes Behind the Track on his acoustic instrumental ‘Cloud Walk’

What was the inspiration behind your track?

I went up to Devil’s Dyke once and there was this really low fog that filled the valley, so thick that you couldn’t see more than a couple of metres ahead. When you looked around it was like the hills were in the clouds – so that’s where the name ‘Cloud Walk’ came from!

What did your songwriting process involve?

‘Cloud Walk’ is actually the first solo acoustic song I’ve ever written.  It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and so I took advice from Jon Gomm – I tuned my guitar to a tuning I’d never used and just played what came out and eventually I had a full track!

Is there a story behind the song?

‘Cloud Walk’ is really about getting away from the noise and stress of daily life, and trying things you haven’t before, like solo acoustic guitar which was new to me. I got the same relaxed feeling walking in the fog as I did when I sat and wrote the song.

Can you describe your sound in 3 words?

Rhythmic-Guitar-Abuse.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

Meeting new people; I came to BIMM mostly for networking and it’s certainly really helped me in that respect. I learnt some really great stuff too, a lot of which I certainly wouldn’t have had I not gone to BIMM.

Photo by JC Riot Photography

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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.