October is in full swing, though it doesn’t quite feel like Autumn yet! We hope all our students are settling in to #LifeAtBIMM. To kick off this Monday morning we’ve got a brand new Track of the Week from BIMM Manchester’s Elephant Trees – here’s U N C O M F O R T A B L E.
We caught up with front person and songwriter Martha Phillips about the track…
What was the inspiration behind your track?
‘Uncomfortable’ stemmed from fighting the stigma around mental health and a lot of this generation’s “faults”. We’re often deemed as lazy and and whiny, ‘Uncomfortable’ became an effort to tell our side of the story.
What did your songwriting process involve?
A lot of late nights and a lot of rambling on. I kept writing and rewriting verses and swapping chorus melodies in and out. I usually write a verse and build from there, but ‘Uncomfortable’ came from lots of scrappy lyrics here and there. It felt like quite a futile endeavour at first to even bother finishing the song. It felt as though I had too much to say and it just sounded like one long rant; which I suppose you could argue it still is! But, I’m happy with how the song has turned out. It’s felt like an exercise in patience with my writing.
What do you try and do differently, to make your sound stand out?
I guess none of us are thinking about trying to get in the charts. Obviously, we want people to like our music, but the main creative flow behind our music comes from our own rhythms and what we like. I suppose it’s not hard to sound a bit different when you’re making music for yourself rather than the masses.
Describe your sound in 3 words…
Potato fuelled chaos.
Are there any particular artists that inspired you whilst writing the track?
I was big on Sigrid at the time and Billie Eilish.
What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM?
The creative community; I found half of the band at BIMM and they’ve been a massive creative influence on me and my music.
How has BIMM helped you develop as an Artist?
Some of the assessments challenge you to write in ways you’re not used to or don’t find easy. Some of the briefs have really developed my writing and made me think more about the details in my writing.
What’s the best bit of music advice you’ve been given?
Write music you want to listen to and build your team from people who are just as passionate about your music.
Anything exciting coming up you can share?
We are heading straight into the studio after the tour to get working on the EP. But before that, we’re playing…
So, if you want a cheeky boogie on a school night like a rebel, you know where to find us…