How is it September? The countdown is on to the beginning of term, and we can’t wait to meet/see everyone again! With Monday comes Track of the Week – here’s BIMM Bristol’s bloom/pool…
What was the inspiration behind your track?
The track was inspired from a lot of instrumental post rock bands, like Oh Hiroshima and Explosions In The Sky. Every time I listened to these bands, I would just lose myself in the music and sort of forget where I was, be it on a bus or just walking. The music would literally consume me and I wanted to try and recreate that.
What did your songwriting process involve?
The rhythm guitar on the track, the first guitar you hear, is an old recording of my friend Harry from a demo we wrote. I didn’t want the demo to go to waste, so I took it upon myself to write around the original demo and make it more powerful. To do this, I would literally sit in darkness and try light the room up with the sounds I was recording. This inevitably led to a 5 minute piece of music.
What do you try and do differently, to make your sound stand out?
On this track in particular, I used a drum machine over some ambient guitar which I’ve only heard once before in a track called ‘They Move on Tracks of Never-Ending Light’. I thought this was so innovative and I think it’s something I’m going to do more to make my sound stand out in the future.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Immersive, Ambient, Post-Rock
Are there any particular artists that inspired you whilst writing the track?
‘Oh Hiroshima’ have had the biggest influence on this track AND the whole project. They’re such an underground band too and I hope they get a lot more recognition.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
Being taught by tutors who have had hands-on experience within the industry, as opposed to just knowing the theory around it like most universities. You get honest advice and they can always point you down the right route.
How has BIMM helped you develop as an Artist?
When I started at BIMM, I could only play guitar and had a basic grasp on theory. I’m now writing full songs, able to confidently play with other musicians, producing my own music and marketing my own music. I feel confident to walk into the industry and that is how BIMM has developed me.
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
Write music that you would want to listen to, as opposed to what you think someone else might like.
Anything exciting coming up you can share?
I’m aiming to release a 4 track EP by the end of the year which will feature a remaster of my first single, /YOU.th/, as well as 2 more tracks.