Earlier this month, Maggie Rogers landed her first Billboard No. 1 as "Light On" rose to the highest of the Adult Alternative Songs chart. In this week’s episode of “How It Went Down,” Rogers walks Billboard by how she created that chart-topping monitor from her debut album Heard It in a Past Life, and why she thinks that this music displays how she has felt about music over the past couple of years.
Rogers tells Billboard that regardless of considering that the document was achieved a number of occasions, she determined to return to the studio for “one final swing” earlier than finalizing it. Sitting down along with her good friend Tom Percy (who makes music below the moniker Kid Harpoon), he requested her if there have been any tales that she nonetheless wished to inform by her music.
“I felt fairly overwhelmed and a bit scared for some time,” Rogers remembers. “My very personal life grew to become very public actually rapidly, in a manner the place I didn't really feel like I had any management over it.”
She reveals that “Light On” is about feeling uncontrolled, including that whereas she by no means had any doubts about her music itself, she got here to understand that being an expert musician solely meant “25 p.c music and an entire lot of different stuff.”
“There's all the time part of it that has to really feel like work or one thing that's not fully you,” she continues. “But I spent loads of time making an attempt to determine the best way to make this all really feel like me.”
Rogers says that one of the best ways to elucidate how she feels is to have a look at the usage of the synthesizer within the music. “I like songs that you would be able to have each the bodily launch and an emotional launch,” she states, noting that her favourite form of music is when you may each dance and cry to it.
“Realistically, the music — chord structure-wise — is pretty easy, however the one factor that occurs over the course of the entire music is there’s this arpeggiator and the filter opens,” she says. “The filter on this arpeggiator begins closed and by the top of the music is admittedly open and actually free and actually hovering and thrilling and hopeful and optimistic. That's really a very fantastic parallel with how I felt about music within the final two years. Excited, effervescent, form of timid initially after which by the top, simply actually blissful and prepared.”
You can watch the video above to listen to the total story of how Maggie Rogers created “Light On,” and take a look at the music beneath.