In the Summer of 2021, BIMM Berlin welcomed a selection of its students to the House of Music to record the ‘BIMM Berlin Album 20/21’. Eight projects, hand-picked by industry panels to showcase the best music emerging from the college, each recorded one song over the course of two weeks.
With the legendary Pete Smith (Stevie Wonder, Sting, Sheryl Crowe) on board as producer and giving extensive feedback and input, the students enjoyed access to a wealth of industry experience. With genres ranging from ‘jazz metal’ to electro-pop, the songs make an eclectic and awe-inspiring body of work.
We caught up with each of the eight acts featured on the record to find out more about the meaning behind their track. Here Leonard Wellington tells us about ‘Fly So High’
How would you describe your music?
70’s, meets Hip-Hop, meets soul.
How did you start the band and how did you all meet?
We all met through Bumble business mode.
Who or what inspires you as a band?
Bobby Velinov, a guitarist from the ’70s based in Sofia. He is the drive and soul of our band.
What’s the meaning behind the song you recorded for the BIMM Berlin Album?
The rhythm is our religion.
How did the song come about and how did you write/produce the song?
I made an mp3 beat. Johnny recorded over it with WhatsApp voice notes. 1,5 years later, we’re in the studio recording it with our band.
Can you describe your songwriting process?
The song was written during the first lockdown, so it was all done online.
What projects are you currently working on?
Our debut album.
What are your future plans as a band?
To make music.
Leonard Wellington’s track ‘Fly So High’ is featured on the BIMM Album from Berlin. You can read more about the album and the other artists + tracks featured here.