Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Viperia

10th June 2019

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

The story of the song is about someone who is been taken to a mental institution but doesn’t know why he is there. It’s about having mental health issues and being abandoned by their family, so they can lock them up and throw away the key. Also, it’s the not knowing why and the injustice of that which is an inconvenient thought I like to bring out. There’s something powerful in inconvenience sometimes.

How did you approach writing this song?

I just let my fingers play, not thinking too much in the beginning. And that’s how I came up with the first and second riff. When I could play the riff more automatically, I tried to sing some lyrics and just let my mind spill some words out. That’s how the first lines came to be. At first, the song was supposed to be about a father that’s gone to join a cult, but I had trouble finding words that would fit so it turned into a story on mental illness instead.

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

“Oh, Silence where are you now? The screams are getting so loud”
I like that line. I’m a sucker for word play. I also really like the transitions in the song. Something new always happens and you don’t know what to expect.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Eerie, heavy, melodic.

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

I have gotten a better at listening to details and being less afraid of trying to add things to the recording that you wouldn’t really play live. I think the metal scene needs to do this more.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

Every week I learn something new and we can always experiment, which I like. Sometimes you come up with something new and it helps you understand how things work.

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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.