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Artist story: Margo and her development as a DIY newcomer

Indie pop shooting star Margo is still in the early stages of her career and has already scored major playlist placements and graced the cover of Spotify's "Fresh Finds GSA" playlist. In our Artist Story, she reveals what her "aha" moments have been in recent years and what she's planning next.

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December 13, 2023
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What's your band/artist name? Can you tell us a little bit about you and your career/projects so far?

My stage name is Margo, derived from my middle name Margarete. I've actually been singing for as long as I can remember and I've been writing songs since I was 18. But I've only been around as Margo since 2020, when producer Ruben Seevers came on board and I met my current live band a little later while I was studying music in Cologne. As Margo, I can turn my everyday problems into fantasy stories and put them into little songs and people listen to them, which is great.

How did you get into music and what were /are your influences?

My parents have always listened to a lot of music, to which I sang along as a child. I was allowed to play instruments early on and took part in everything that had anything to do with music in my town. Later on, I had a very cool singing teacher who told me that you can also study pop music. From then on, I didn't really want to do anything else.

Which partners / artists have inspired / accompanied you on your way and how?

When I was 16, I went through very extreme phases in which everything revolved around "one" artist. It was mainly the Beatles, David Bowie, Queen, and Michael Jackson. Later on, I was also influenced by modern artists" like Arlo Parks and Alice Phoebe Lou.

How would you describe your music or your sound?

My music can be described as dreamy indie pop with a hint of soul and there is a retro feel to it.

What was your most formative experience in your career so far?

I think it was when I realised how much music can change you on stage. I had written a song as part of the Hamburg pop course that made me go completely crazy on stage — something I would never do otherwise. This performance was a lot of fun.

Can you tell us about highs and lows of your music career so far. How did you tackle it and what have you learnt from it?

There are always downs in between when you work as an artist. If you invest a lot of time and love into a project, and it hardly reaches anyone in the end, it's hard to keep going. But there are also highs. For me, highs are concerts where you realise that the spark jumps from the stage to the audience, then I'm in a kind of ecstasy and everything makes sense. When people talk to me after the concert and sympathise with me, that's also a really great feeling.

How did you hear about MusicHub and why did you choose our platform to distribute your music?

I came across it through a musician friend of mine. I think the platform seems very transparent and I think the concept with the GEMA co-operation is very good.

Tell us more about your latest MusicHub release.

My latest single, "Backseat Dreams", is about the desire to be a child again and not having to make all the decisions alone. Even in your early twenties you sometimes wish you could sit in the backseat again on night-time car journeys and watch the moon accompany you home.

What goals do you still want to achieve? What are your plans for the future?

I'll be releasing two new songs at the beginning of next year. I would love to finish producing and releasing my first EP. I also want to play a headline tour at some point, with a bus and all that jazz.

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