And it’s February, how did that happen? But now we’ve got the ball of 2019 rolling, there’s so much amazing music being released.
If you haven’t already, check out our Spotify Playlist featuring BIMM Artists and Alumni who released their music in January.
But first, we’ve got a brand new Track of the Week that dropped in the first day of this new month, from BIMM Brighton’s la lune & SEEVA – this is ‘Heartstop.’
What inspired you both when writing this track?
la lune: I’ve never co-written before, and the whole process was really enjoyable. It was interesting to observe another songwriter’s process. When we sat down together on the evening of Valentine’s Day in 2017, both single, ideas for a topic for the song felt very obvious to us! Tarun and I focused a lot on specific experiences to us, and recreating those scenes with semantic imagery.
SEEVA: At the time, we were both definitely inspired by our relationship status. Having written the song on Valentine’s day 2017 (completely by coincidence), I think we were both longing for a love that neither of us had at that point.
Were there any particular music influences while you were writing?
la lune: It felt like a very natural and easy process because we both like a lot of the same music. Tarun is incredible at writing really pop-y, catchy hooks, drawing influences from artists such as Dua Lipa and Years & Years, whereas I’m more influenced by artists such as the Japanese House and Bon Iver. However, I think we combined our influences and meshed really well.
SEEVA: Production-wise, we both brought our own flavours to the table. Being more in the straight-up pop field than luney, I drew upon vibes from aritsts such as Years & Years, Dua Lipa and Lorde for this particular song, although I love how both of our distinct sounds can be heard on this track.
Is there anything you both do to try and make your music stand out?
la lune: I think the thing I do is try and listen to lots of different music. I love listening through my ‘Discover Weekly’ playlist on Spotify each week, and I’m always on the hunt for new artists. By doing that, I think it allows you to subconsciously take elements from a variety of genres to then implement into your own songwriting.
SEEVA: Not particularly. I think it is definitely important to stand out, but the way I try and do it is by being completely authentic to who I want to be as an artist and letting that shine through. Having been under several development partnerships since I was 15, to now be absolutely driving my creative image for ‘Seeva’ is what allows me to have a unique voice.
How did your songwriting process work? Did you have to adapt to work together, or did it come naturally?
la lune: It actually happened quite naturally! I think Tarun and I both work in fairly similar ways. We would lay down the chords on the DAW, and then loop them, and come up with lyrics by ourselves, frantically scribbling in our notebooks, humming to ourselves for five minutes. Then we’d show each other what we came up with, and we’d either love a line that the other wrote and go with that, or we’d combine lyrics from both, to create a line. It was really nice because it felt very equal, but also really relaxed. We didn’t feel afraid to pitch our ideas to each other and, more often than not, we were really into what the other had come up with.
SEEVA: Writing with la lune was one of the most organic processes I’ve had in a co-writing session. We started by sitting down at the piano with a little line I’d had in my head (‘dont’ it make you heart stop.’) and from there it grew to this whole song in not very long at all.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
la lune: Hmm… This is tricky because I’m currently kind of in a new ‘phase’ of la lune, and I’m working on my second EP, which is quite different from my debut. I definitely used to lean more towards an ambient, soft, dreamy sound, whereas I’m now exploring a bolder, almost bouncier sound, if that makes any sense?! Definitely still dreamy, though.
SEEVA: Emotional, honest, catchy.
How has studying at BIMM helped you develop as an artist?
la lune: BIMM has helped me to explore and establish my career direction. When I first came to BIMM, I knew I wanted to write and perform my own songs, but I felt I had no real idea of how to go about making that a reality. I have learned so much over the past couple of years and I feel a lot more confident about where I’m going, and how to achieve the goals I set for myself.
SEEVA: Studying at BIMM allowed me to completely develop my sound and my character whilst being in a safe environment. Going into the music industry is scary and I definitely didn’t know what I was doing before I joined, so learning more about how the industry worked, in particular, was incredibly valuable.
What’s your favourite thing about BIMM?
la lune: Being surrounded by like-minded people who are somehow involved in the music industry is something I really appreciate. Also the connections and opportunities you can obtain are amazing.
SEEVA: The people! It’s a mini music industry at BIMM. You can pretty much find someone who is studying or interested in every part of the music industry, so building a network with the students and the teachers feels very natural and accessible.
Anything exciting coming up you can share?
la lune: My second EP is coming out this year! I can’t give too much away at the moment, but there’ll be some singles dropping throughout Spring, and then the full EP in summer. I also have a few gigs coming up! I’m supporting Eden Farrow at the Prince Albert on the 11th of February, and I’m playing a stripped-back show at Green Door Store on the 22nd of March as part of a showcase with Hidden Herd.
SEEVA: Lots more music coming up this year…keep an eye out!