Last summer Currls’ debut release ‘April Fools‘ was stuck in our head after their amazing performances at The Great Escape and Alternative Escape. The second single from the BIMM Brighton trio ‘Let Down’ is out now, and is our Track of the Week – enjoy.
What inspired you when writing this track?
I based this song around a relationship I had with a close friend of mine growing up. We were both different to the ‘normal’ in our small town – He was gay and both his personality and look was quite striking to people around our area, I was quite introverted, obviously mixed race and had this crazy hair. I would witness people shouting abuse at him, we both had experienced that. We both would support and empower each other, even if we didn’t have support from others. ‘Let Down’ is about standing up to those people and being 100% authentic to you, whether or not that scares them, a stranger or once a friend. It’s an anthem about waving goodbye to those who can’t appreciate you.
Were there any particular music influences while you were writing?
I wrote this song quite a while back, my influences do change all the time but I have some staples that I always go running back to – Blondie, T-Rex, Pixies, Joy Division, The Drums. The list could honestly go on forever. I try to be a sponge when it comes to finding inspiration – researching about bands, videos, and album covers helps me a lot of the time too.
Is there anything you do to try and make your music stand out?
I kinda keep the mentality that if you stay true to what you know and really believe and mean what you write, that’s the best way to make something stand out.
How did your songwriting process work?
I’m still trying to create the perfect process, but I know it’s probably, definitely impossible for me. I try to get in the habit of quickly recording into my voice memos on my phone if something pops into my head. I also try to find progressions that I like just by playing around on my guitar, then maybe i’ll find a strumming pattern, keep going over it, adding lyrics and then developing sections. It stitching all the pieces together to make the trousers! – Some bits might look a little off but that might just be the best part.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
BIMM allowed me to develop my skills, both as a professional and individual. I was able to meet a lot of skilled musicians and creatives, learn more about the industry and explore new ideas of how we can help shape the forever changing world of music. The tutors I had in Brighton really gave me confidence in my work and encouraged me to continue working towards my ambitions. Hard work is key!
What’s your favourite thing about BIMM?
My favourite thing about BIMM is that you’re all there for the same reason, the love of music. There are honestly some amazing musicians and students who will share your interests, help you grow your ambitions, collaborate with you and find new ways of taking on the industry.
Anything exciting coming up you can share?
We are playing a big festival this year, we can’t share but you will find out soon enough!
Photo by Alex Butcher