Miles Goodall - Let Down

Track of the Week

It’s Monday, we hope you all had a beautiful weekend in the sunshine – but now it’s time for a new week, and with it comes a brand new Track of the Week.

BIMM Brighton Songwriting Alumnus, Miles Goodall released this stunning track back in June – and we’ve been listening to it ever since!

What was your inspiration when you began writing the track?
It was mostly a frustrated outcry at people who continually lie to you, lead you on, say whatever they think you want to hear only to let you down in the end. So, a departure to lighter subject matter for me! ;)

Are there any artists that inspire you when writing?
I always end up coming back to Steely Dan, they’ll always be a big influence on my writing. Andy Shauf is another big one, I’m a huge fan of his work especially ‘The Party’, an album he released a few years ago revolving around events that happened at a house party. When I wrote ‘Let Down’ I had just started to listen to Vulfpeck as well, and they’ve since become quite big influence on my writing.

What is key to your sound and how do you make your music stand out?
I think with my stuff I try to write the music I like listening to, so I don’t like boring instrumentation and overly produced auto-tuned vocals, that stuff just ends up sounding quite middle of the road and has a definite expiration date.

I’m much more drawn to more harmonically interesting chords, ‘real’ instruments as opposed to programmed/midi and lots of vocal harmonies. The end goal is to create something that sounds timeless, vintage but new, something that you can’t pin specifically to one era.

How does your songwriting process work?
It varies to be honest! Sometimes, I’ll sit at the piano and write a track in 20 minutes. Sometimes it’ll take days, weeks or months. With ‘Let Down’, it was more of a ‘free flow’ track that sort of just poured out of me one morning at the piano. The band and I made some changes and tweaks in pre-production, as did our producer Christoph when we recorded the track. The band play a huge part in how my songs end up. I usually bring in an idea (be it a full track or just a verse or chorus) and we’ll work it up from there. With ‘Let Down’ I have to give a huge shout out to the horn section who play on the track. The guys turned up with manuscript and had written parts out, and they really really added something cool to the final product.

Describe your sound in 3 words…
Vintage jazz pop

How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
As a student you’re afforded great opportunities to perform and meet people that you otherwise wouldn’t in day to day life. I spent my three years at BIMM experimenting with different sounds, genre’s and images, this allowed me to find my voice as an artist and move forward from there.

What’s your favourite thing about BIMM?
The community of like-minded people that you meet and get to spend your time with.

What’s next for you?
The band and I have a few festivals booked in this summer (Boardmasters in Cornwall, Sziget in Hungary) which we’re extremely excited about. We’ve also got some shows around the UK planned (Our first London headline at The Bedford in Balham on July 25th) and some very cool announcements that I can’t really go into just yet, but it’s going to be a great year!

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POSTED ON: July 1, 2019
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