This week’s ‘Behind the Track’ is ‘Zone’ by Margot and Molly Mae – a captivating, confident number produced from start to finish in Margot’s bedroom.
BIMM Berlin students Margot Seynaeve, from France, and Molly Mae Aulén, from Finland, form an ideal duo on this track. Strong harmonies meld beautifully in this feel-good tune – with a little spoken word thrown in for good measure too.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION/IS THERE A STORY BEHIND YOUR TRACK?
We were out having drinks one evening and ended up talking about how it’s so easy to start comparing yourself to others instead of focusing on what you do best. We also discussed how jealousy affects people and how it’s toxic to surround yourself with jealousy.
We realised we shared opinions on the subject, so that night we decided to write a song about it. We met up the next day to start a beat and record on it. We wanted the song to be fun and catchy, yet meaningful and empowering. We both had the same vision, so our workflow was great from the beginning.
WHAT DID YOUR PROCESS INVOLVE?
It started with us figuring out a beat we liked, and then writing lyrics and recording on top of it. Margot produced the track, and Alex Monty from the BIMM Berlin Music Production course mixed and mastered it. Everything around the song is homemade and DIY. We did it all in Margot’s room – everything from the songwriting to the production and recording. Even our artists’ pictures were taken in that same room. Overall, the process was very smooth since the three of us work very well together. Alex is very good at understanding how an artist wants their song to sound, which has been extremely helpful.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE LINE/SECTION OF THE SONG?
We both really like the phrase “tell ’em boy, bye bye” at the end of the first verse. It’s just a very catchy phrase that sticks in your head, but at the same time has an important message.
DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN THREE WORDS
Catchy, uplifting, vibrant.
WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT STUDYING AT BIMM BERLIN?
The people you meet – it’s so amazing to learn from each other and evolve together through music. Also, the teachers at BIMM are always there to help with any questions, which is super-helpful.
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