How do you sum up 6 months living and working in Thailand in one song? That was my challenge and holy shit it was a challenge. I have documented my time in Thailand through blogs, pics, and a video (which was challenging enough), but I have never been able to write a song that has been of any merit or captured the feeling, and dam it I tried.
I started off way back when I landed fresh off the plane back in the UK. I had a crazy time and so many new experiences, but I could not get it right. I made lots of other tunes (for my upcoming EP) that had a flavour of what I was trying to say but nothing specific. I trolled endless synths, laid down countless keys and beats in a vein hope that I would make a beat worth a dam but nothing was happening. In the brief moments when I thought I cracked it (by getting genric Asian instrument loops and some breaks) the lyrics did not reflect my personal experiences and this is what I wanted to make. I sat on it for a few months and carried on work for my new EP, hooping that I would find the right moment that I could write a personal document that had it all. Maybe I set the bar too high and I would never write this thing? So I sacked it off and did not bother for ages.
Over the coming months I realised that I could write a song that would be a package in its own right, not attached to my new record but a standalone project, this proved to be the key. This meant that I could write a tune for everyone involved and I did not mind if other people did not get the references, just as long as the people who were there related to it.
I found an old sample on my hardrive that I had worked into years before but it never sat with anything. The sample was a piano lick from the beginning of Clifford T Wards track, ‘Home Thoughts From Abroad’, it had the perfect vibe that I wanted. I started work and threw myself back into my old way of working, samples, breaks, and a load of cutting.
It did not take long to come together once I found the right ingredients. I did not think too much about the making of it and let it flow, as over thinking was getting be nowhere before. I like the end result and it felt good to make a sample heavy track again. Enjoy.