This week’s Track of the Week comes from BIMM Institute London student Julius Eastwood.
Check out his latest track, ‘Westminster’s on Fire’ below!
Describe your new track in three words…
Electric, political, energetic
What inspired you when writing this track?
‘Westminster’s on Fire’ was inspired by a lack of transparency and decency in UK politics. I wanted to highlight my frustration and fascination with the power-hungry privileged individuals (mostly men) who seem to be so deeply ingrained in our political system. Overall the song is a call to change – I want it to inspire people.
Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?
My songwriting is mostly inspired by alt-pop artists like – Marina, Declan McKenna, Ryn Weaver and Calcutta. But I also love the big pop sensibilities of Taylor Swift, Mahmood, Britney and Sigrid.
What would you say makes your music unique?
I’m a Welsh artist, I’m also bi and my family is working class. This has made me very conscious of identity, privilege and class. This perspective has shaped my view of the world and is the driving force behind my work. It’s something I continue to scrutinise and explore – I’ve watched my music and lyrics develop alongside it.
Do you have a process you follow when writing a song?
It’s not always the case, but normally I write all of the lyrics, like a poem. Then I start thinking of melodies, and finally, I come up with the chords and write piano parts.
How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
My time at BIMM has really allowed me to grow as an artist, being surrounded by a community of creatives has been incredible and inspiring. I’ve also been pushed out of my comfort zone which has enabled me to grow in confidence and skill.
What’s next for you?
Well, I have released my first single ‘Westminster’s on Fire’ and I’ve still got a lot of promo to do for this song, and then I’ll be focused on the release of my debut EP, which will include another single release and a music video!
I recently got a musician role in Bridgerton season two which I filmed in my final year at BIMM. That was such an exciting opportunity. I recently landed another role, so I’m looking forward to more work in film, going forward.