Behind the songs of our Debut EP "No One's Fool" Part 1
October 12, 2021
To celebrate the release and show the songs some love we are going to do a feature on each song describing where they came from .
"Make You Love Me" was the most recently written of the four songs and is a story of unrequited love. (Remember your Shakespeare ;-) ).
Our protagonist has finally come to the realisation that love should be reciprocal and will no longer accept anything less.
After writing it, we realised that it is our version of "Ex Factor", Lauryn Hill - one of our favourite songs. Thematically, they are very similar. The main difference is that the person decides to leave in our story.
In terms of genre this, and the rest of the EP is inspired by 90's RnB/ Hip Hop. There is a lot of space in the verses to hear the story, and it evolves and opens up as the song moves along.
We want to pay tribute to the wonderful Dennis Cassidy who plays drums and percussion in the song. He is such a tasteful drummer and knows how to create dynamic and it really shows in this song.
Dennis mentions Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation Of…, Erykah Badu’s - Mama's Gun and 90s/00s chart R&B as influences for him. He used a combination of Questlove style beats with the production sensibilities of The Neptunes and Timbaland.
Dennis has an array of percussive instruments in his gear bag, most of which you’ll hear across the EP. But the final piece of the jigsaw was the chimes, which we bought especially to help bring the song to life.
I would say "No More Drama" by Mary J Blige inspired the outro of Make You Love Me. This also has a big build leading to a passionate ending and it felt like the most appropriate way to finish the song. To add to the drama, Tom provides a soaring lead guitar solo which takes the song home.
Make You Love Me is a break up anthem and we hope it reminds anyone in a similar situation of their worth. You have a voice and can do "so much better".