It’s that time again for Track of the Week! This week with BIMM Dublin’s Young Earth
What was the inspiration behind your track?
I’m a pretty stubborn person and hate being told what to do, say or think – it’s kind of a song rallying against that, and especially at the moment there’s people everywhere that are trying to control me. It came from a personal place in my life, but I feel it resonates with a lot of people who are trying to think for themselves.
What did your songwriting process involve?
It’s actually a few years old! It started as a nice, slow acoustic kind of track with a few chords that I wrote in my kitchen but as soon as I wrote the riffs it completely switched to an aggressive, harder song. The song was originally quite long, but after working on it in pre-production at BIMM it became more refined and to the point. We never really drag things out, most of our songs are under three minutes!
What things do you do differently to other bands?
To be honest, we just love to try and write tunes that we enjoy and will make us excited – and hopefully that connects with people/fans that want the same. We want people to have a good time through listening and experiencing our music both on record and at shows, so if people are having a laugh/good time then so are we. We give away all our music for free at shows, even tracks that haven’t been released yet – so that if they come back they’ll know the tunes and words. There’s nothing better than having people singing back at you!
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Fun, Upbeat, Indie-Pop (Is that four?).
Have you channeled any artist in particular on this track?
It’s definitely one of our heavier tunes, and i’m a huge arctic monkeys fan so that always comes out when I write in that style - the angular riffs and breakdown certainly recall bits of Humbug/AM. Other than that the basis of the song when I initially wrote it came about after a long session of playing the ‘Complete Beatles’ Songbook so I guess i’d like to say there’s a bit of Beatles in the chord movements!
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
For us, it’s being surrounded by so many amazing musicians, and that really ups the competition/inspiration level. Coming from a school with one or two musicians to a college full of peers wanting the same things and having the same drive to create really opens your eyes to your strengths/weaknesses and what you need to improve on.
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
Danny O’ Donoghue from The Script held a masterclass in BIMM a few years back – the best one I ever attended! He pretty much told us that if we see something in a song, a technique or whatever, to have no qualms about taking it and making it your own. He also said that songwriting is an art-form and everyone should feed off each other. I found that a great attitude and really useful.
What’s next for You?
We’ve just released this single but we already have two more to go! Loads more gigs and hopefully an Irish/UK tour.
Our next single should be out by May!