It’s Monday, which means it’s time for our track of the week. This time it’s a hauntingly beautiful track from BIMM Brighton graduates Paper Hawk with their new single ‘Trails’.
What was the inspiration behind your track?
Trails was written from quite a dark place about trying to escape a dangerous relationship. It’s a very personal song and has always felt like one of the most honest things we’ve written. To have it out in the world is a terrifying feeling but hopefully it connects with listeners who’ve been in similar situations.
What did your song writing process involve?
It was one of those rare moments of songwriting where there was no process – it all just came tumbling out. I remember it started with the guitar riff – that hypnotising pattern that we just sank into and then suddenly the words were out and the song was finished. The core of the song hasn’t changed since but watching the production grow around it for the recording was an amazing experience. It’s only ever the two of us when we’re writing or playing live so we’re somewhat limited to what we’re able to do there and then. To sit with a whole world of instruments and sounds at the click of a button, and really branch out and build this world up around the song definitely brought a new layer to it.
What do you try and do differently, to make your sound stand out?
I don’t think we do anymore. When we first started writing together we put a lot of focus on that – we wanted to stand out and be unique and different and in all honesty, it only ever caused doubt and second-guessing. Things have only ever clicked into place for us when we’ve been completely true to what we want to write – regardless of how different or similar it sounds to what’s out there. So many people are trying to be different- just be you. Make music you love, chances are someone else will too.
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Are there any particular artists that inspired you whilst writing the track?
There are so many different artists that have been influences – it’s hard to pin it down track by track. Fleetwood Mac, Lali Puna, Broken Social Scene, Daughter, Bon Iver, James Vincent McMorrow… we could go on and on.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
The connections you make. I remember at induction we were told to look around the room and remember the faces of the people sitting there with us, because we were about to meet people we’d be working with long after we graduated. Six years down the line there’s definitely a lot of truth to that.
How did BIMM help you develop as an Artist?
I think it really helped cement the idea that you’ve got to be a lot more than a musician to make this work – you’ve got to have a really solid hold on the business side of things as well. It’s not something that has come naturally to either of us, but you’ve got to learn to separate the creative and business sides of your brain and put an equal amount of effort into each.
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
Listen to everything. Find out who influenced your influences and listen to them. Then find their influences and listen to that too. Keep working your way back. Don’t close yourself off to genres or time periods, don’t stick to what’s familiar or comfortable. Just listen to everything.
Anything exciting coming up you can share?
We’ve got a few things we’re currently working on with Folklore Sessions – one of which is a limited-edition physical run of “The Tide” in June which we’re really excited about. More than anything we can’t wait to get out and about playing live as much as possible – our next show is at The Bedford in London on the 30th May.
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