Rachel Platten Opens Up About "Fight Song," Reading, and More
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 12:11:20
Rachel Platten Videos
Rachel Platten talked to us in this exclusive interview about everything from her new hit “Fight Song” to her love for books and museums as a source for inspiration. “Fight Song” introduces her as one of pop’s most powerful new voices. The impassioned delivery hits like a wrecking ball—as this girl’s got some serious pipes. She’s also a deft lyricist and storyteller, making her a thrilling talent. to say the least. “Fight Song” certainly feels massive, but it lays the groundwork for something even more massive from this impressive and inimitable singer. Simply put, her album has all the makings of something amazing…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Rachel Platten talks “Fight Song,” getting inspiration from museums in Chelsea, and why she’s a New Yorker at heart.
What’s the story behind “Fight Song?”
I was honestly going through a really tough time. On the outside, there weren’t a lot of reasons to keep believing in myself because I’ve been trying to do this as a career for a long time. I needed to remember I believed in myself and I wasn’t going to give up no matter what. It was this declaration that, “It doesn’t matter what level I get to do this on or who I get to do this for, I’m going to keep trying.” That’s the story behind it.
When was the moment it came together?
I wrote the chorus about a year-and-a-half ago. I’d done a lot of writing sessions, and I was just trying to write a hit. I was like, “I just need a hit!” My publisher called me and she was like, “You haven’t told your story yet. You’re doing all of these things that you think people want to hear, but you’re not telling your story.” I got to the session that day, and the chorus came really quickly. I think it might’ve come through tears. Afterwards, that verse and bridge took me about a year to write. It was this thing I couldn’t figure out. It was written on trains, beaches, and cars. It took a long time, but this started a year-and-a-half ago. The song was so hard to pull out. It was like, “You need to dig. If you want this, you had better work for it!”