Behind the Track

Behind The Track: Margot – One Hour

16th January 2019

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An intriguing mixture of clean lines and delicious vocal harmonies, ‘One Hour’ is the mellow new track from BIMM Berlin third year student, Margot. We talk to the up-and-coming songwriter and French national about her laidback electro-pop compositions, her songwriting process and the part BIMM plays in her creative collaborations.

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION/IS THERE A STORY BEHIND THE TRACK?

Time is so fascinating to me. One hour is one hour; it’s steady and there’s always the same number of minutes passing every time, regardless of the day. But it doesn’t always feel like that – one hour can feel very different depending on who you’re with, what you’re doing and how you’re feeling. For me – especially when I’m with someone I love – on the one hand, time feels like it’s suspended and I’ve spent my whole life with this person… but at the same time, it feels as though it’s passing by at 300 kilometres per second. This track is about the beauty in letting go of your worries about time passing by and being fully in the moment, giving yourself completely to the person you’re with. The second verse describes this concept best:

“My routine it goes

I count the second until you’re close, close up

The way you make me feel

Is like the time is standing still but it speeds up

And I talk a mile at a minute

‘Cause I’m trying to fit my mind into a limit.”

WHAT DID YOUR PROCESS INVOLVE?

The producer Frank Slimm sent me the instrumental of this song during the summer. The dreamy and calming vibe made me fall in love with the track before I even wrote on it. The melodies, harmonies and words came out so easily and landed on the track straight from my heart.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN THREE WORDS?

Spinnup described ‘One Hour’ as ‘stripped-back, dreamy electronic pop at its absolute best’. I’d say ‘stripped-back, dreamy, electronic-pop’ is suitable for this track, but my sound is different for every song.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT STUDYING AT BIMM?

BIMM is where I met the producer of the track. Without it, I would never have written this song! The connections you make at BIMM are priceless and allow your ideas to see the light.

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Author

Elizabeth Jacyshyn-Owen

Elizabeth Jacyshyn-Owen is a Berlin based writer, translator, and BIMM Bristol graduate currently acting as music editor for Indie Berlin. She has an MA in Musicology from Oxford Brookes University and works in management at independent Kreuzberg label Mesanic Music.