Rachel Platten Reveals the Meaning of 'Fight Song'
"We haven't stopped listening to Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" since it first blessed our eardrums. And it's definitely the song we turn to when we're having a rough time in our lives and need an extra push to get through the day. Ever wondered what inspired Rachel to write the ultimate inspirational jam? We sat down with Rachel and asked her to reveal her private thoughts on everything from what the smash hit is all about to the artist who'd sing the ultimate "Fight Song" cover.
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Was there any one moment in particular that inspired "Fight Song"?
After three months of attempting to write a "hit," my publisher, Amanda Berman, at Sony ATV called me and asked why I hadn't yet told my story. I didn't want to talk about the struggle, I told her I didn't want to go there. But I finally relented, more out of just the need to get it out. "Fight Song" was that story. The story of the many rejections I received from record labels, the countless closed doors; and despite all of it, that tiny but brave voice in my heart that wouldn't let me give up on myself or my dream.
What was the songwriting process like? Where were you, and what were you feeling at the time?
The song took me about a year and a half to write. I wrote the chorus (or a close version of it) with a friend. The rest of the song went through about 10 iterations (me wracking my brain for the perfect verse, bridge and structure). It was by far the hardest thing I've ever done. I tried producing it with three talented producers before I found Jon Levine, and none of them were giving me what I wanted. So I eventually started learning Logic and Ableton so that I could produce it myself. It was intense.
How would you describe "Fight Song" in 5 words or less?
Empowering, anthemic, honest, raw and emotional.
What has it been like to discover how much the song means to your fans?
It's been absolutely amazing. Honestly the best gift in the world.
What is it about the song that you think really resonates with people?
I think it reminds us that those mean voices in our heads that are saying we aren't good enough and that we can't do it, or it's too late…that they are not true. I think it empowers us to keep fighting for what we believe in and to never give up on ourselves.
You've asked fans to reach out and share their own stories with the #MyFightSong campaign. Are there any stories that have stood out to you in particular?
So so many. It's hard to pick honestly because all of them touch me so deeply. But I recently met an incredible little girl named Coco while I was in Reno; her story and her family's story really moved me. Oh! I also met Jeremiah!!! That was absolutely incredible. ? His sweet family started a campaign for me to meet this amazing little boy who is fighting cancer and who's wish was to meet me (check out the hashtag #rachelmeetjeremiah and see all of the beautiful requests). My band and I made sure we visited Jeremiah's hospital in Los Angeles and it was so inspiring.
Which artist would you love to see cover "Fight Song"?
Sia or Kelly Clarkson ?
What's the weirdest place you've ever heard "Fight Song"?
Ha — we were in a hotel lobby and it came on! My drummer was trying to play it cool, but I think the concierge figured it out halfway through the song and started smiling kind of funny. ?
If "Fight Song" could be on the soundtrack of any movie ever, which would it be?
Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!
Which fictional style's character would you love to steal?
Definitely the Pretty Little Liars babes!
If you could live in a movie, which one would you pick?
Maybe the camp in Wet Hot American Summer or the castle Princess Jasmine from Aladdin lives in.
What's your go-to karaoke track?
I like to make bar patrons feel uncomfortable, so something awkwardly sincere like, "Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon." My other go-to is '90s rap… maybe a little Salt-N-Pepa.
What's your spirit animal?
My puppy, Dino, who we rescued and who is the laziest, yet most amped-on-life dog ever.
If you could live in any decade, which would it be? Why?
I'm pretty into right now!! People tend to fantasize how much better the past was, but we have it pretty great right now, you know? But I guess if not now, then I'd want to live in the '60s. I'm already a super hippie, so I think it could work. And man, that music and the empowering way artists were using their voices and their songs; that was beautiful!
Who is someone you would really love to tour with?
What's one song you wish you'd written and why?
"Like A Prayer" by Madonna. It's my all-time favorite jam and my sister, cousin and I made up a dance to it at age 11. We still know the moves (unfortunately).
Who is your biggest style inspiration?
I love Ellie Goulding's style. I also love Sienna Miller and Zella Day's style– I have many ?
What's one thing you want your fans to know about you that they may not already know?
I love my them so so much and I truly know I wouldn't be here without their support. They made this happen.
What's the best way to get through a bad day?
Do something kind for another person. Remind yourself that you have love to give, even if you might not feel it inside.
If you could describe yourself with a color, which would it be?
What's a quote you live by?
Be kind, for everyone is fighting a great battle inside.
Which Disney princess do you most identify with?
The Brave chick, Merida! She was so gutsy!
What's your favorite thing about yourself?
My ability to empathize and spread love!
If you could teleport anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Home! I miss my family. ?
What's the easiest way to make someone's day?
A random act of true kindness or an open ear– asking someone how they are (and meaning it) and staying to find out is a good way!
When was the last time you tried something for the first time?
I just tried SUP yoga. I sucked, but it was so fun!
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks for the sweet questions and all of the support. I love you guys!
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