Inspiration for Optimism by Welll



Background to Optimism

This song I wrote with the idea of travelling on my bike at night from the outskirts of Bristol to the centre, combining the tranquility of night with the energy it brings as people head out. The vocals you hear are one of my oldest friends OneSoul, who is an incredible singer. He came round and basically ad libbed, I cut it up and it took form from there.

This song I wrote with the idea of travelling on my bike at night from the outskirts of Bristol to the centre, combining the tranquility of night with the energy it brings as people head out. The vocals you hear are one of my oldest friends OneSoul, who is an incredible singer. He came round and basically ad libbed, I cut it up and it took form from there.

Optimism is the most positive song I have written to date, it is emotive and evocative of a hope that we all need at times. In this way it is soothing, yet still energetic. The strings and synths effortlessly fade in and out as the song goes through multiple transformations, with the drums rolling rhythm providing a sense of forward motion and the bass a grounding in the consistency of self. It peaks and then fades.


Inspiration Playlist

All the songs below, both consciously and unconsciously, have influenced the creation of this song, to differing amounts. What they all have in common is a dynamism of them building up and down and the feeling of being on a journey.


Bicep – Glue

This is an incredible track, taking the listener on a real journey with such a strong and recognisable drum line and melody. The pads give it an emotive feel, like the soundtrack to some sort of sped up film of your life story. It changes and you would be fooled into thinking that the song has run its course, then the vocal sample drops and brings the whole song together, as if the moment of the protagonist finds what they are looking for in life. This sense of emotive movement and discovery is what I find similar about Optimism.

Mark Pritchard – Sad Alron

Oh man, so good. For me the perfection in ambient electronica. It fills your mind with emotion and tranquility. Offering a simple answer to often the increasingly complex dilemmas of modern life. It is beautiful, and short and subtle and epic, all at once. I think it is this sense of comfort that inspired parts of Optimism.

Goldie – Inner City Life

One of the first songs that I couldn’t stop listening to when I was a youngster. It reminds me of the Drum and Bass music around me growing up. The rolling drums give it movement, which sits in contrast to very soulful vocals and strings. It is a record about comfort from being in the inner city, with all the noise and hassle that brings. The version I have chosen evolves and has other sections, showing the other part of life without the comfort of melody and strings to support. An absolute classic.

Bonobo – Kiara

An infectious tune that immediately draws you in. The use of the vocal sample and strings combined are similar to that of Optimism. It also manages to feel positive, emotive and still have a strong energy. I could have chosen one of many songs by such a prolific producer to include, who I would say has been my biggest musical influence for Welll ever since I helped him carry his bags to a gig in my younger years.