Behind the Track

Behind the track: Margot – Fake For You

27th February 2019


Berlin-based French vocalist Margot shares with us her punchy new track ‘Fake For You’ – an upbeat ode to self-love. Produced by fellow BIMM Berlin alumni, Frank Slimm, it’s a slick electro-pop outing with intriguingly layered textures and a ridiculously catchy melody. The third-year Creative Musicianship student talks us through her creative process and discusses what a song like this means to her.

What was the inspiration/is there a story behind the track?

This song is when you finally say “enough” to mentally abusive relationships. The ones where you forget yourself by doing everything that would keep that person close to you. This song is when you’re finally taking yourself back and feeling instantly lighter, but also have this anger of proving to that person, and to yourself, that you’re capable of everything.

What did your process involve?

I built the song around a keys sample that I chopped up and warped. I started with a simple house beat, then my producer Frank Slimm worked in some chopped vocal samples with my voice. I wanted to mix the beat with a funky bass, which was played by Ollie Ivarsson, to make the track extra groovy.

Do you have a favourite line/section of the song?

My favourite part when I was writing it was the ‘you made me dumb’ line in the second verse. It’s so simple and direct but perfectly describes the emotion behind the track.

Can you describe your sound in three words?

My sound tends to change between songs; my last one was a bit more dreamy and relaxing, but in three words I’d say this is ‘energetic, empowering and exploratory’.

What’s the best thing about studying at BIMM Berlin?

I think the best thing is the other people that go to BIMM. I’ve found my favourite people to work with through this school!

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Elizabeth Jacyshyn-Owen

Elizabeth Jacyshyn-Owen is a Berlin based writer, translator, and BIMM Bristol graduate currently acting as music editor for indieBerlin. She has an MA in Musicology from Oxford Brookes University and is studying for a PgCert in Translation.