Fresh from touring the UK, BIMM Manchester’s The Bright Black are our Track of the Week with their latest Single ‘Two Two One” – Enjoy…
What was the inspiration behind your track?
Sam: Plain and simple – we wanted to write a really catchy pop track that everyone could sing along with at gigs. Performing is one of our biggest strengths and we wanted to have a song that worked equally as good on radio as it did live.
What did your songwriting process involve?
Travis: Lyrically, we wanted to write a song that used a lot of wordplay. However, we struggled getting into the right headspace. To overcome this, we wrote a song called ‘Four To One’ which was hypothetically about the band splitting up. Then we edited it some more until it was about a traditional break up, eventually renaming it ‘Two Two One’.
Ryan: Musically, it started like a lot of our songs; jamming in a dingy practice room until something sticks. However, instead of relying on riffs to trigger ideas, we focused heavily on using chord progressions which is why we think it makes such a good pop song.
Harry: Once we had the song structure down, we then took the time to get the groove solid. This meant working from the ground up, starting with the rhythm section and decorating it with guitar and vocal melodies. One thing that really shaped the whole process was the fact that we needed a really strong, soaring chorus.
What do you try and do differently, to make your sound stand out?
Sam: Each of us are massive fans of soul, funk, Motown and disco music. We always aim to implement those influences into our writing. Aside from that, we also don’t feel the need to act or sound ‘cool’ as a band, which means we can write and perform however we like. I think this is refreshing for our fans and allows them to let their hair down at our gigs.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
TBB: Indie Soul Pop
Are there any particular artists that inspired you whilst writing the track?
TBB: Diana Ross, Prince, The Emotions.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
Travis: Apart from the incredible resources and professional feedback available, there are also lots of amazing gig opportunities available through going to BIMM. Just recently, we got the chance to headline a packed out venue in Manchester at Dot To Dot festival and it blew our minds.
How has BIMM help you develop as an Artist?
Travis: Having the time and space to learn a variety of songwriting techniques has broadened my skill-set as a musician and, in turn, has influenced a bunch of ideas that have eventually been implemented into new songs by The Bright Black.
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
Ryan: If you’ve noticed a trend then you’ve already missed it. Therefore, you do you and let other people catch up.
Anything exciting coming up you can share?
Harry: We have loads of plans installed for the rest of the year. Aside from a load of ’Two Two One’ related content such as acoustic videos and a sign language lyric video (which we teased last week), we will also been releasing another single in the autumn which will be linked to yet another tour from London to Edinburgh. This will also include a hometown headline gig in Manchester during September which we will be announcing very soon.