Hello Monday, are you ready for a brand new Track of the Week? As a musician, Diego Philips tackles love, sadness, spirituality, culture and differences – and his latest release, ‘Strangers’ is no different. Take a listen and find out more about what inspired the music.
What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?
The song is about that part of you which is made by strangers, based on my personal experience of moving to London. When you leave your comfort zone you get to meet new people, people who are going to influence the way you are. Sometimes they stay in your life, sometimes they leave. But also sometimes they just appear for a very short time. Then, they become a part of you, that enigmatic part of yourself made by people you will never really know completely, making you a stranger to yourself in the end.
Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?
This song was heavily influenced by Bob Dylan and they way he write songs like paintings with a narrative story behind them. Of course, Albert Camus was an obvious inspiration as well. I like to use literature as a base for my songs.
What is key to your sound and how do you make your music stand out?
There is a very strong connection between all the musicians in the band, as our love for music comes from an intimate place in every one of us. Our sound goes from an intimate feeling to a raging fire, very much like human emotions. It is then a very emotive experience that allows the listener to express himself by throwing their own feelings into the music.
How does your songwriting process work?
I usually write the songs on my own and then I take it to the rest of the band. It is very important that every musician has his own input into the song, to make the puzzle complete and to create the sound.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Warm, Honest, Comforting.
How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
BIMM allows you to open yourself to a whole new world of musicality. The exchange with the teachers and the other students allows you to listen to new music and to absorb it like a sponge.
What’s your favourite thing about BIMM?
BIMM has great facilities, including rehearsal rooms and equipment that you can use to create a sound.
What’s next for you?
We are currently finishing a new project that will be released in September. We have been working in secret on it for a long time and it is very different as it goes beyond the spectrum of music and is more of an art project. On the other side, we’re going back in the studio this summer to record a new album that will be out in January (probably).