Behind the Track

Behind the Track: Zebrah

5th November 2018

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

Kevin: I was originally trying to transcribe a song from a BIMM band called Alide, a kind of math rock tune. But I couldn’t manage it because it was pretty complex. Eventually, I managed to get some kind of licks and then I composed the intro of the song. I showed it to Pauline and we built the track from there.
Pauline: When Kevin made me listen to this mellow and sweet melody, I was just coming back from France where I had a small summer break and where I’d written loads of lyrics listening to SZA on repeat, which influenced me a lot in the writing. She is always singing like she was talking to a friend, it’s simple and without filters. The story behind ‘Indigo’ is similar, I didn’t work on the lyrics a lot, I just wrote what was on my mind as if I were talking to a friend.

How did you write this song?

We actually wrote this song following our usual scheme. In fact, we always try to follow the story behind the lyrics and we’re trying to stay away from the classic structure verse/chorus/verse, etc. We often proceed that way because we feel like if melodies and lyrics are harmonising onto a story, it will be more powerful and emotional. That’s why ‘Indigo’ doesn’t have a proper verse/chorus part, but it will surely take you on some kind of journey.

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

Kevin: I really enjoy playing the whole song but my favourite part might be just after the long quiet break; the “somewhere else” part.
Pauline: I actually love the parts where I am not singing, when Kevin plays the solos and melody lines, the song gets even more emotional on those parts I think.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

Tapping, dreaming and melancholy

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

Kevin: Playing on the nice Fender amps that we have at our disposal can only make you have a better sound (laughs). More seriously – probably because of certain lessons and all that we learn from the BIMM environment – it made me work on my guitar tone, and when I saw the huge amount of bands coming through BIMM, I wanted to try and make another kind of sound, I’m not saying that I got a completely original sound, because it’s not the case, but I wanted to create something a bit different.
Pauline: Well, I had no idea of what I was doing before studying vocals, so I definitely developed my voice studying at BIMM during my diploma year. And I’ve got much more control over my voice now! I also learned how to speak English properly there, which helps a lot in the writing process (laughs).

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

Kevin: Probably being around so many good musicians, you always have to push yourself and trying your best if you want to catch attention. It becomes really hard to rest on your laurels and you feel that you always need to be doing new things and get out of your comfort zone. It’s not easy, but in the end you end up being a better musician.

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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.