Monday is here, November is here, and it’s only 7 weeks until Christmas Eve – 2018 is going fast! To kick off this new week, we’ve got a brand new Track of the Week for your listening enjoyment, here’s BIMM London’s Heist At Five with their latest release “Finish What You Started.”
What was the inspiration behind your track?
We wanted to make a statement; something hard hitting, yet catchy. The lyrics talk about pursuing a goal without questioning its morality, and despite having uncertainty of the outcome.
What did your songwriting process involve?
After the very full sounding approach to our EP ‘The Blacklist’, we wanted to try and scale back the sound. ‘Finish What You Started’ has a more minimalistic and focused approach. We thought about giving it weight by stripping it down to the essential elements and really making them stand out in the arrangement, instead of creating a wall of sound.
What do you try and do differently, to make your sound stand out?
Oskar: To never do the obvious. (Except when people expect you to do that, then it’s okay to do the obvious!)
Josh: By the time we’ve all worked out our specific parts, our individual influences always shine through, which creates something really interesting.
Marco: Whenever I write music, I always try to write the song that I wish existed.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Impactful, unpredictable, precise.
Are there any particular artists that inspired you whilst writing the track?
We like to take inspiration from every genre and the unusual reference we thought for this track was Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do”. We liked the idea of building up to an anti-chorus and we interpreted it in our own way.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
Josh: Being surrounded by music all the time is really inspiring.
Oskar: The connections and being able to meet like-minded people or, even better, different minded people; to open your eyes.
Marco: It’s like a micro-universe of the music industry, a lot of the connections you make there are likely to be your colleagues out in the real world.
How has BIMM helped you develop as an Artist?
Oskar: One thing I focused on was how to take my core values and find new ways of expressing them.
Josh: It has shown me new ways of thinking, and how to approach my projects.
Marco: What I liked about BIMM is that beyond the technical aspect of improving on my instrument, it gave me a deeper understanding of everything that surrounds an artist and what makes his/her work coherent. It also gave me the tools to navigate in today’s music industry and make the most out of it.
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
“When the music leaves you, it’s not yours anymore. It’s ours.” and also “Use your ears. Play for the song.”
Anything exciting coming up you can share?
We’re working on more new music right now, so keep your eyes out! We’re also gigging regularly so check out our Facebook page or other social media to keep up to date!