Track of the Week

Bella Unwin – Lose Time

8th March 2021


Looking for new music for the new week?

‘Lose Time’ perfectly captures the essence of the 80s; Bella’s haunting vocals layer beautifully atop the brash percussion and the broad range of 80s synths that are prevalent throughout this track. This is the latest release from BIMM London‘s Bella Unwin – take a listen and discover more about the track below.

What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?

It was around Christmas time. I played around on my keyboard and came up with the bassline and beat for the track. It felt fun, and I had no intention to make it into a song, but it did. So, I would have to say it was the bassline that inspired me. it all came at once, I have pieces of paper and computer notes with spontaneous lines of lyrics and just pieced it all together!

Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?

Yes, definitely. I like synth-pop from the ’80s, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, New Order, Human League and so on, but this track was especially inspired by the track “Your Love” by Lime, which is another group I love – the track just makes me want to dance every time I hear it. I am also inspired by other artists like Jessy Lanza, Sassy 009, Goldfrapp, Strawberry Switchblade, Geneva Jacuzzi. I could list more, but I shall stop there!

What is key to your sound, and how do you make your music stand out?

Interesting question; I love synth basslines, using the arpeggiator on synths, and making complex, layered beats. I never really get caught up thinking about making my music stand out, if that makes sense! I enjoy the process of making music and love to constantly experiment with sounds and styles based on my influences and inspirations.

How does your songwriting process work?

It can depend. My usual process is to play about with drum racks and beat programming, see if I find something I can get into, and then start finding a melody and bass line. Although sometimes, I will do that process backwards, as sometimes I have lyrics already written. When I don’t, I find it easier to make a song and see what words come to mind that fit the track!

Describe your sound in 3 words…

Playful, timeless and colourful

How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?

So far, It has certainly helped my attention to detail when producing music and understanding a lot of technical processes I never really understood. Not only that, doing a joint honour with music business has improved my music releasing process!

What’s next for you?

More and more music and a possible EP! I am looking to get back into playing live gigs in the future, but I would also like to set up a few live-stream shows before that happens.

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