This weeks track comes from BIMM Bristol’s very own Sam Brockington

We caught up with Sam to discover the story behind the song…

What was the inspiration behind your track?

The Manta Ray in my new tune is basically a metaphor for myself and a somewhat bitter look at the music industry. If you look at a Manta Ray they are huge creatures with these pointed wings and the idea that they wish they could break out the water and fly. It all stems from when I went scuba diving holiday when I was young, this fuelled my interest in the underwater world and I think the obscurity of it all makes for a good lyrical progression.

What did your songwriting process involve?

I like to write all the chords and lyrics myself and then work with my good friends Oliver Larcombe-Moore (Bass) and Matt Carter (Drums) to form it into a more rounded song which is ready to record and play live. It often takes a good few months to get to that point, I am not a speedy songwriter, I am generally just a bit picky.

What things do you do differently to other artists?

I think my live shows are a bit different to most folk influenced singer-songwriter’s, there’s a 7-piece band behind me and we like to get the crowd jumping.

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Have you channeled any artist in particular on this track?

Usually most of my artistic channeling comes through my vocal performance in an attempt to emulate the likes of Jeff Buckley and Marvin Gaye, but Manta Ray is more lyrically focused. Due to the fast pace and flow of the lyrical progression I may have been channeling some Isaac Brock from Modest Mouse. His lyrical progressions are always on point and he has always been a big influence for me.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?

The people you meet, it’s great meeting so many people who are all focused on doing the same thing and knowing such a wide network of working musicians comes in handy when you graduate.

What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?

Don’t get caught up in trying to get signed. Just do what you do.

Whats next for you?

I have just released my debut EP so I should probably write some more songs! Looking forward to 2017, booking in my first UK tour now and excited for what should be another great festival season!

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