Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Vanaheimr

7th January 2019

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

There are two main intertwined themes behind Mass Chaos, one refers to the damage that we have caused the environment and how we are possibly too late to save the planet as we have been too slow to react to our pollution. The other is a tribute to those who are doing the best they can to slow down and prevent further damage to the planet; this is reflected in the chorus lyrics “Here the last of us sing, to tell them of the death you bring, save us from the demon’s jaws, we are disciples of your cause”. Those tirelessly raising awareness to our neglect shouldn’t have to suffer in a way. It’s a pretty dark song really.

How did you approach writing this song?

Like many of my songs there is never a set approach, I could start with a riff and work around that or write a riff around what the drums are doing. Lyrics are always last though as I find it easier to fit them into the sections of the song. It also helps me visualise the atmosphere and concept for the lyrics. For ‘Mass Chaos’ the verse riff came first, it had this demanding ‘pay attention to me, and listen to what I have to say’ quality to it that I had to get into a song.

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

My favourite part of ‘Mass Chaos’ has to be the solo, the slow chord progression really backs up the idea that this is our last ‘mass’ or time together as one to speak out and reflect before the world ends. The solo is slow and solemn and I’m trying to get the listener to reflect on the lyrics during this section as well.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Raw, Atmospheric and Powerful.

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

Having graduated from the Music Production course at BIMM Bristol in September, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on what I achieved at BIMM and the Vanaheimr sound is the most important one. While learning various production techniques, different hardware and software, etc. I was encouraged to explore everything in greater depth and really pick at the bones of what production means to me in the genre I am writing for and how I can make myself stand out. As someone who has problem managing all their ideas, I’m a great believer in setting yourself limitations and seeing what you get out of it. BIMM was a massive help in getting me into that frame of mind and as a result I now have my musical outlet which I feel is a full expression of myself.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The best thing about studying at BIMM Bristol was not only the city, but the people I met on my course who I still bounce ideas off of and discuss all things production, songwriting, gear, etc. We all helped each other through a pretty tough and intense third year (alongside the help of our amazing and insanely knowledgeable tutors) and I think that’s what BIMM is all about. Making those connections, mastering your place in the industry and supporting your friends, so you all succeed together.

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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.