It’s Monday, and it’s time for Track of the Week! Here’s BIMM Bristol’s Dante Miller with his recent release ‘Hard Feelings.’
What was the inspiration behind your track?
The initial inspiration for the song came after a text conversation I had with an ex-girlfriend of mine which essentially ended on the note of “No, I don’t think we can be friends, and no, I don’t think we should speak anymore” but “if you see me, you can say hi, I don’t want there to be any hard feelings”. So, I took that, made it grammatically incorrect to fit a flow and had myself a chorus. The rest of the song I wrote the following day on the piano, in its entirety. I would say the track follows a general theme of bitterness around the concept of ‘hard feelings’. It’s quite sarcastic in a way, as although I knew the point being made was correct, we both already knew there were underlying hard feelings and I couldn’t help but be annoyed by this.
What did your songwriting process involve?
As I previously said, the songwriting process started in my bedroom, coming up with the chorus first and then finishing off the initial version on the piano. When I went back to start my second year of studies, I met up with my artist developer, Louis Veillon and producer, Luca Sadler. We worked on the structure to make it flow better as a pop song and made a few changes to the lyrics, but to get the song to its final form took months, as something I kept hearing was that it was “too wordy”. So after a few meetings with BIMM staff and taking suggestions I managed to cool it down a bit, making it more digestible- mainly in the first verse.
What do you try and do differently, to make your sound stand out?
I wouldn’t say I necessarily try and do anything differently, but it helps is that I take a lot of influence from hip-hop, so although I am primarily a singer I pride myself on my flow and the way I deliver lyrics. As well as this, although I start the writing process in a ‘singer-songwriter’ format, I’m not trying to be the next James Bay or George Ezra, I want to create music which can cross the boarders of genres whilst staying poppy, upbeat and fun. This is why it is also great that I have people around me who can help develop a unique sound.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Catchy, energetic, original
Are there any particular artists that inspired you whilst writing the track?
In terms of the songwriting, I didn’t have any particular inspiration. However, when it came to working on the beat with Luca and Louis we went down a ‘Starboy’, The Weeknd kind of vibe.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
I’ve just finished my second year at BIMM and prior to this I had only just started writing. I had been writing acoustically, on guitar or piano, or writing over my pretty shoddy logic beats. Because of this, I had no real idea of what I wanted my music to sound like, or how I would even begin to make anything listenable. In my first year, I was lucky enough to find some very talented friends and musicians who believed enough to help me work it all out; thanks to this I managed to release an EP in my first year, as well as becoming competent in leading a band and working in a studio.
This year, I am continuing to develop as I am now working to create more electronic music, whilst still performing live with a full band; this is what I have been wanting to do for a while- “get the beats in” as I call it. On top of this I have been learning to write better songs, and slowly starting to understand how pop music is written- which is even better as I’m on the vocals course.
How has BIMM help you develop as an Artist?
BIMM has been extremely useful in my development, be it through how insightful lectures are and how much you can learn about the industry itself, as well as honing your talents in your chosen field. As well as this, the lecturers and support staff are always willing to offer open ears and advice on how to advance in your career, improve your music or anything really.
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
Everybody has their own way of creating music, find your way of doing it and work on it.
Anything exciting coming up you can share?
I have a lot of music written, so I’m currently just working out what my plan is. For now I’m just sticking to releasing singles and am currently working on the second one – some may say it’s a summer banger!