Earlier this month, Maggie Rogers landed her first Billboard No. 1 as "Light On" rose to the highest the Adult Alternative Songs chart. In this week’s episode “How It Went Down,” Rogers walks Billboard by means of how she created that chart-topping observe from her debut album Heard It in a Past Life, and why she thinks that this track displays how she has felt about music during the last couple years.
Rogers tells Billboard that regardless of considering that the report was completed a number of instances, she determined to return to the studio for “one final swing” earlier than finalizing it. Sitting down along with her pal 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 means of her music.
“I felt fairly overwhelmed and somewhat scared for some time,” Rogers recollects. “My very non-public life grew to become very public actually rapidly, in a approach the place I didn't really feel like I had any management over it.”
She reveals that “Light On” is about feeling out management, including that whereas she by no means had any doubts about her music itself, she got here to understand that being a pressional musician solely meant “25 % music and an entire lot different stuff.”
“There's at all times a component it that has to really feel like work or one thing that's not solely you,” she continues. “But I spent lots time making an attempt to determine learn how to make this all really feel like me.”
Rogers says that one of the simplest ways to clarify how she feels is to have a look at the use the synthesizer within the track. “I like songs which you can have each the bodily launch and an emotional launch,” she states, noting that her favourite type music is when you’ll be able to each dance and cry to it.
“Realistically, the track — chord structure-wise — is pretty easy, however the one factor that occurs over the course the entire track is there’s this arpeggiator and the filter opens,” she says. “The filter on this arpeggiator begins closed and by the tip the track is absolutely open and actually free and actually hovering and thrilling and hopeful and optimistic. That's truly a very great parallel with how I felt about music within the final two years. Excited, effervescent, type timid originally after which by the tip, simply actually glad and prepared.”
You can watch the video above to listen to the complete story how Maggie Rogers created “Light On,” and take a look at the track beneath.